Saturday, April 18, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 342

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I took these photos from the last couple of walks along Bull Run.  I wish I could do justice to the actual sight of our Virginia Bluebells.  

The Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica) also goes by the names of Virginia cowslip, lungwort, oysterleaf and Roanoke bells.  It is native to the moist woodlands in eastern North America.  


It is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped, sky-blue flowers opening from pink buds.  The leaves are rounded and gray-green, with stems that grow to 24 inches tall ("Ephemeral" means lasting a very short time).


They belong to the family Boraginaceae, which makes them relatives of other familiar species such as the Forget-me-not, Lungwort and Comfrey. 


 They grow in rich, well-drained soil where they can form large colonies over time.  The flowers start off pink and gradually turn to the most beautiful light blue as they mature.  


Bees, especially female Bumblebees that fly in early spring, will often be seen visiting the flowers.  On our walk we spotted several of them.  However, I read that the real champions of bluebell pollination are butterflies and moths.  



The Virginia Bluebells prefer soils typical of a woodland, and a little on the wet side.  It also likes sun or light shade.


"I am going to try to pay attention to the spring.  I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees.  I am going to close my eyes and listen."

~Anne Lamott~


"Flowers are happy things."
~P. G. Wodehouse~


"I'm an introvert...I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky."
~Audrey Hepburn~


When I was was looking for  information on these extraordinarily beautiful flowers, I came across this song by Miranda Lambert. 

The lyrics you see on my photo are from Miranda's song, and hold good advice to young and old alike.



If you are unable to access the video below, you can see it here.


29 comments:

Linda said...

Denise, these are lovely photos...I love your closeups of the little flowers, and the video is so nice, I like the way it shows the lyrics as well! :)

Romi C said...

Bluebells are lovely.

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my. Oh my, oh my. These are just BEAUTIFUL. Thank you.

Katinka said...

Oh, so lovely pictures and beautiful flowers. Have a nice weekend =).

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, the Bluebells are beautiful. I love the closeups.. I also like the Miranda Lambert song, thanks for sharing.. Have a happy weekend!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Looks rather like a UK harebell crossed with lungwort

Rhodesia said...

Wonderful photos and so different to the English and European bluebells. Sadly it is a rare occasion when I can play a video as our connection is so slow. Have a great weekend Diane

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Denise, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.......I'll visualise being there!

Have a lovely week,
Ruby

Carver said...

The are so beautiful and wonderful to see such large expanses of them.

Indrani said...

Never seen these before. So pretty!

Adam said...

pretty flowers

Sandra said...

so much beauty there in Bull Run, I am listening to the song now, it is perfect for your photos...

Barbara Rogers said...

What great photos, especially the close ups. There's something that happens to cameras when our eyes see lots of blue, they seem to pick up the greens instead, until you get predominantly blue. I haven't seen these here, but need to be out walking soon!

TexWisGirl said...

just fabulous blooms!! lovely!

William Kendall said...

They certainly are very pretty. I know similar flowers here are short lived in the spring. I'll have to photograph them for a theme day later in the year.

Karen S. said...

Flowers are happy things, and they shed such happiness and wonder upon us all. I really like your stunning shot of them for your blog header photo and we can see them every time we visit! Just gorgeous!

Birgitta said...

Wonderful photos and what a beautiful header!

Marie C said...

What a delight! I miss flowers like these so much! Beautiful post with awesome shots of the bluebells, and then the song! I love that!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great photos of these pretty bells. Have a wonderful weekend, Denise!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am glad your timing was right to catch these lovely flowers. I knew the word ephemeral but had never heard it used about flowers, but it makes perfect sense. Lovely post.

carolann said...

Like the song with Video and the flowers are simply magnificent!

I also have never seen pink and blue ones.

Thank you for such a nice blog to share with us all.

Stephanie said...

Our backyard is covered with Bluebells. Lovely shots!

Hannah said...

A whole woods full of Virginia Bluebells is a lovely sight! I finally got one last year and this year it is blooming, so perhaps it will spread out some like some of my other Borage family plants.

Mimsie said...

That's what I get for going backwards and now I know what the flower in your header is!!
Those bluebells look quite different to the English bluebell but just as beautiful en mssse.
When Phil sees pictures of bluebells on film etc I know it is the one thing that really makes him homesick even though he never wants to return to the UK.
Thank you for sharing such beauty.

Rose said...

I did have some of these...but no more. And I do love them. Need to make a trip back to the woods and get some more.

Stewart M said...

Cracking shots - we don't get displays of flowers like this in the spring in out part of Australia - nice to see some from elsewhere as we have our first really cold (by Australian standards) of the season.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Actual flowers! We had our first crocus yesterday. Finally!
I know what you mean about posting! I've done that, scheduled on the wrong day...
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Donna said...

I adore these flowers and wish I could see them in the wild. I see why they called them bluebells as they resemble English bluebells growing in the woods. I have some growing in my garden and they are just poking through showing purple leaves...but soon they will spill out in all their glory.

Kay said...

Oh gracious! These are such gorgeous shots, Denise! I wish I could see those myself. Your photos just glisten with beauty.