Three Things Thursday: Flowers, Flowers, Flowers.

Oh, the lovely month of May! Even when the day is cloudy, the landscape is positively aglow with new green, bright yellow, and the froth of flowering trees. In May, it is not too hard to find three things to be grateful for in my Three Things Thursday Post.

At the risk of being redundant, this week all my gratitude will be lavished on flowers. Full disclosure: I am a fool for flowers, and this might happen again in another Three Things Thursday post.

First, the Solomon’s seal I bought at Fernwood Nursery in Montville. How dainty yet mysterious the flowers are. Long may this plantΒ  thrive!

Second, the brilliant purple of this iris. Jason, of Garden in a City, has his tulips. I have my irises. They are my favorite flower, bar none.

Third, begonias.Β  While I can’t honestly say they are one of my favorites, begonias are one of the few annuals that thrive at the little house in the big woods. From May through October, begonias bring a welcome splash of color to all the lovely green we have here. And for that I am very grateful.

And, for an added bonus, there is a fourth flower. A weed actually. But how bright and yellow it is. And a closer look reveals the various shapes and twists of the flower..

So there! Four things for Thursday.

Readers, may you find many things to be grateful for.

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37 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday: Flowers, Flowers, Flowers.”

  1. My Irises haven’t shown their lovely faces yet. Here it’s apple blossoms, lilacs, and honeysuckle–the fragrant triumvirate. Our wind is creating showers of apple petals. Amazing.

  2. I have a couple of Iris plants in bloom but many others are just buds. The bees here are loving the Solomon Seals, and I have a couple of begonias as well. I won’t count the number of yellow flowers I have, but let me say there are many. After a tough winter and a really cold, rainy spring, I am with you – thankful for the flowers. πŸ™‚

  3. I now know what Solomon’s seal is. I was admiring some today. This past weekend John and I passed some chickens in a field of dandelions. What a beautiful sight. The next day all the dandelions had been cut but the chickens were there. Still nice but not quite as charming.

  4. I only wish begonia’s would thrive here–I finally stopped buying them because it just seemed to be a death sentence! I’m with you on the Solomon’s seal and the irises, though! Lots to be thankful for!

    1. I thought those tough-as-nails flowers would survive anywhere. So grateful that they do here, because so many flowers don’t.

  5. Last to First: Is the yellow flower Coalt’s Foot? We have those a bit earlier in the season, primarily in ditches, as they love moisture. Lovely burst of yellow at the end of winter. Begonias go into the pots & flower baskets on the deck. Irises – the deer leave them alone. As we thin the clusters of them in our garden, we move more rhizomes into the woods along the roads. Just makes our jealous neighbors more irritated that our forest looks like a park… well, you know those neighbors… Solomn’s Seal, we have planted these native plants for years. Just this year, we have found wild patches starting to form in a variety of places some distance from where we put them. Birds must be at work for us. Work with nature and it will work with you. – Oscar

    1. The yellow flower is a dandelion, up close and personal. Oh, boy! I bet those woods are beautiful with those irises. Yay to those birds for spreading Solomon’s seal. And, yes, work with nature and it will work you. Very wise words!

  6. Yes, the iris is probably my favourite flower too. Like you, I have reservations about begonias, but you have to grow what your conditions allow. We had bergenias (Elephant;s Ears) on the farm project. They are far from a favourite, but flourished on cold, windswept clay so I did at least admire their resilience.

    1. I’ve learned the hard way to grow what conditions allow. In fact, I’ve lost so much money on plants that just won’t grow in our shady yard. So bring on the begonias. They thrive from May through October, never get leggy, and don’t need much dead-heading. They might not be the showiest of flowers, but all in all, there’s a lot to like.

    1. Many thanks! I, too, like the sunny yellow of dandelions. My grandmother used to eat the greens. She came from a farming family in northern Maine, and dandelion greens would be pretty much the first fresh thing of the season. For my grandmother and her family, dandelions were not a weed to be gotten rid of πŸ˜‰

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