Tuesday, October 19, 2010

(Day 292) Malva sylvestris

Don't worry about the name in the title - this post isn't about a bad cat, or anything bad for that matter. I put it there to save you the time of looking up information about today's subject. It's the formal name of a flowering plant which we still have growing in the garden. I'm not sure how much frost it can endure before it succumbs, but the frost that did in the dahlias overnight had no effect on this plant. But I cut some of the flowers anyway today to replace the last of the gladiolus we had in a vase in the kitchen.

Apparently this flower also goes by the name of tall mallow (among many others) and is related to the hibiscus. We received 2 of these plants a number of years ago and haven't had to buy any since. Each spring I look for where the previous year's seeds are sprouting - if I don't I'm sure they would completely take over all the flower gardens. They're nice to have, however, (in appropriate numbers) because they flower into late autumn when a lot of other plants have retired for the year. If you need a few million seeds, just let me know !

(60mm  f16  5 sec  ISO400)

31 comments:

Lisa said...

She is so very beautiful. I need to get some of these seeds and try them. We have many killing frost so far.
Stunning colors and photogrpahy Rick.

joey said...

Wow, now that's a beauty, Rick!

Dawn said...

Love the color....and yep- would like a few seeds:))
(Think that would actually grown in central Alberta climate??:)

Photog Ave said...

Who could comment without saying something about the color!?

Absolutely amazing Rick!
['@ ] Avery

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi Rick, wonderful taken photo. love the light on the (or maybe even through the leafs).
And yea send them on to me, I would love a thousend or more seeds.
Echt mijn kleuren in mijn tuin.
liefs Dagmar

Leovi said...

That beautiful, shedding their pollen. In Spain, leaving many in the month of May.

Cat/The Whimsical Gardener said...

Beautiful, rich color. Like the lighting too! It's interesting that being in the hibiscus family it can take the frost...

darlin said...

Beautiful flower and amazing photo. When you send Dawn her seeds can you please throw in a handful for me as well? ;-) It would be fantastic to see flowers still in bloom at this time of year without having to move!

Have a fantastic rest of the week Rick!

Scott said...

We don't see all that many current flower posts this time of year. This one is a treat.

Carolyn Ford said...

wow, this is beautiful,Rick! I like how this little flower is looking up to catch all the sunlight it can find.

Karen said...

We still have mums and even some marigolds in bloom, but no frost as of yet. We've been so fortunate to have beautiful weather in the upper 60's and low 70's, but I fear it's coming to an end in a few days. You can send some of these seeds my way, because I'm always depressed when the last of the flowers die along with the fall season.

CarreraCaballo said...

Wooohooo - I like that! the over-saturation is brilliant :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

S. Etole said...

what a show stopper ...

marty said...

c'est une si jolie fleur, les couleurs sont
magnifiques ! j'aurais aimé avoir quelques
graines, mais je n'ai plus de jardin !
dommage !
je t'envoie quelques bisous français de
toutes les couleurs !

Leslie said...

Beautiful photo of a gorgeous flower.

Rick said...

@Lisa - I think they`re readily available - I know that the plants produce copious amounts of them.

Thank you Lisa !

Rick said...

@joey - thanks joey for stopping by and your comment !

Rick said...

@Dawn- thanks Dawn; I don`t see why they wouldn`t - they`re not affected by the frosts we`ve had ... yet !

Rick said...

@Photog Ave - thanks Avery - they are quite showy - and appreciated at this time of year when things start getting dull !

Rick said...

@Barefoot From Heaven - maybe next time I fly over Holland I should scatter a large bag-full; within a couple of years they`d be everywhere ! En wat een mooie kleuren zeg.

Groetjes uit Canada !

Rick said...

@Leovi - thank you for visiting and commenting !

Rick said...

@Cat/The Whimsical Gardener - yes, it`s still thriving while the frost has killed most other flowers - I think a few petunias are still doing their best to hang on.

Thank you Cat !

Rick said...

@darlin - sure can do ! Would be worth a try - I think they might do ok although not sure how they would do in the dry air.

Thanks Darlene - hope your week is going well too !

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott - the garden`s almost done for - I think these are among my last ones.

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thank you Carolyn; you`ll notice that it has no idea it`s this late in the year - there`s another bud below the flower waiting for its moment in the sun.

Rick said...

@Karen - mums are still in bloom here - I don't have any :( but marigolds are kaput. It'll take a real solid frost to kill these mallow - then we enter what I call the dead season - everything's dead and a bit ugly till we get a beautiful snow cover.

Thanks for stopping by Karen !

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - if you look carefully, you'll see a little white bug in the upper portion of the flower. I took this closer than my macro lens allows (about 10cm) so it blew out the front a bit - the rest is the real colour of the flower.

Thanks for coming by regularly Joseph. Any more calls from the mayor ?

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan !

Rick said...

@marty - oui, c'est dommage ! Pas de jardin ! But that gives you the opportunity to look in other people's gardens ;-)

Merci pour les bisous couleurs ! Et je t'envoie bisous bilingual (not just French ;-)

Rick said...

@Leslie - thanks for stopping by Leslie !

Katherine said...

Yes, you can see how it is related to the hibiscus. The petal although different is somehow similar as is the stamen. A lovely lilac beauty Rick! There is absolutely no doubt at all that you have an eye for beauty and show great attention to detail.