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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mystery Flower



Can you identify this Flower?



It's blooming in my garden right now.







And have you tried the "Overlay" feature in PicMonkey.







I must have too much time on my hands.  Actually, I don't.  My garden is burgeoning with all kinds of vegetables which need attention. Today its tomato sauce.  The sauerkraut is ready, it's been ageing for a month, beans were put up two days ago, beets can wait till we get back from Europe, and so can the cabbages.  Carrots will be covered with straw to last through the winter, onions are drying on top of the soil, potatoes need a light frost to set their skins.  Winter squash is also ready to harvest. 
I know that I have forgotten something...I will find out as soon as it gets light and I can go out and see.

Happy rest of the week to you my dear
Blogging Friends.

Gina










21 comments:

  1. Could it be a "Rose of Sharon"?

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all those vegetables you are harvesting.
    Remembrances of my mother filling the root cellar for winter.

    A wonderful week to you, too,
    Merisi

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  2. You are a busy lady Gina and it sounds as if your store cupboard will take you right through the winter - our veg and fruit have been very disappointing this year. How about a Alcea malvaceae? I wont give the common name in case it is correct.

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  3. Gina, I am guessing the beautiful flower is a hollyhock. I must tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I am a BIG fan, checking it daily. I have learned so much from your blog and it is so very interesting and enjoyable to read. I am always surprised what you will tell us next. All your flowers are splendid. Your pictures are unbelievably wonderful. As you can tell, I am a huge fan! Jan

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  4. Dear Gina,
    You sure have been busy. How wonderful to have all those organic veggies to store and use for the upcoming months.
    I would love to have a veggi garden.
    This is a beautiful post Gina. You are a whizz at the collages and now the overlay feature, pretty cool.
    I like Warm Regards- think it might be a hollyhock. Rosemary mentioned Alcea Malvaceae... There is a flower here that is called a Malva.. but not sure.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    When are you off to Europe?
    xx val

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  5. Dear Merisi, It's not a Rose of Sharon but they look very much like my mystery flower. I will tell you tomorrow.

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  6. Dear Rosemary. You are on the right track. There are so many species of Malvaceae, can you give us the common name of the one in the photo?
    Wish I could send a truckload of vegetables your way. We have too many and sharing them with neighbors. Maybe you have heard this joke. Why do churchgoers lock their cars? It's to prevent neighbors from filling the back seat with zucchini.

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  7. Dear Warm Regards. Well, you have made my day! What an absolutely lovely comment. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    You are close but it is not a Hollyhock although it also belongs to the Mallow family.

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  8. Dear Val, That is why we work so hard in our garden, especially in the springtime...it's to have organic fruits and vegetables. Why not plant a little one next Spring. Start with tomatoes. They don't require much room when staked and need little water. Tomatoes are so rewarding, nothing like picking one to eat, right off the vine, especially when the sun has been shining all day.
    The business of collages and overlays is very easy. Just experiment and if you get stuck let me know (we are off to Paris in a couple of days, but after we get back, I can help). The flower is not a hollyhock, but close.

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    1. Have a wonderful time in "Gay Paris" ....
      I will definiatley start with tomatoes.. a friend in the village, told me the same.

      I know that flower. not its name. I think its a little sticky too ..when touching it!!

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  9. You have a very smart neighbor Val. No, the flower is not sticky at all. But thanks for trying.

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  10. It's time to tell you the name of the mystery flower. Its common name is Lavatera, Lavatera trimestris, Silver Cup, a species of Mallow.

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  11. I'm not sure what the flower is - perhaps a miniature hollyhock? You went at the texturing with abandon and created quite a colorful tapestry! Very inventive to use multiple textures. Thanks for linking up to the photo challenge this month, sweetie!

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    1. Hello Donna, You are almost right. It is a Lavatera, a member of the Mallow family which also includes Hollyhocks. Thank you for your visit and very nice comment. It is so appreciated.

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  12. I haven't grown lavatera for years, and I used to save the seeds each fall. It just may be on my wish list to bring back in the garden next year. Your textured photo turned out very nicely, of course the pretty items in it helped with the creation.

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    1. Hello Lavender Cottage, Lavatera are easy to grow from seeds but very difficult to transplant. Did you grow the pink or the white variety or both? They are very pretty aren't they. Happy Sunday to you.

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  13. Interesting what you did with your photos. Very pretty.

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    1. Hello Jeanne, Playing around with photos is fun but catching a really good shot is so rewarding. Thank you for commenting. It is so appreciated.

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  14. This turned out beautiful! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Dear ClickN, How nice of you to stop by and leave a comment. Have a great Sunday.

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  15. Beautiful photos, and I loved reading about your garden. Enjoy your trip!

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    1. Hello Lorrie, I am so happy to hear that you also love flowers and gardens. Have a wonderful week and thank you for your visit and sweet comment.

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