100 Species – “D” Plants

1.  Clematis
2.  Garlic
3.  Delphinium

Hey, howdy!  I didn’t know that larkspur is the common name for delphinium!  The flower has five petals which grow together to form a hollow flower with a spur at the end.  My neighbor (a Master Gardener) looks with envy at these beautiful blue flowers.  She says she can’t grow them.  Aw, shucks.  I found the answer to my biggest problem – they get heavy and droop, all bent over –  in a novel, of all places.  An older gentleman in England put in a stake and tied up the delphinium.  I guess that’s what you are supposed to do.

4.  Daylily

The things you learn!  They are called daylilies because the flower opens at sunrise and withers at sunset, possibly replaced by another blossom on the same stem the next day.  How could I test this, besides sitting next to the plant looking at it the entire day?  The flowers are edible!  Used in Chinese cuisine.  Well.  I like the greenery.  I think I need to dig and divide my plants this fall.

5.  Dianthus


Common names are Carnation, Pink, and Sweet William.   Do you know how clearer my mental pictures will be when I read about Sweet William in a book?   This is one of the oldest plants in my flower garden. 

6.  Daisy

I don’t know what kind of daisies these are and I’ve run out of time to find out.  Yikes!
What I do know – and doesn’t everyone? – is that the word daisy comes from “day’s eye” because the daisies closed up at night and opened in the daylight.  I just learned in a fly-by reading that daisies are the symbol of innocence.  Do y’all see why I didn’t do so well in the sciences?  Sigh.


6 thoughts on “100 Species – “D” Plants

  1. We had purple delphiniums in our wedding arrangements, along with dutch iris, bachelor buttons, and some white flowers I can’t remember the name of. :)Carrie

  2. I was surprised to find that daylilies do indeed only bloom for one day!  I planted one in my first-ever garden of my own this year and was dismayed to find the beautiful flower all wilted the next morning.  They remind me of a miniature bunch of yellow/green bananas growing from the stem as they take turns blooming.  At any rate, it proved a hearty plant because Eddie got out of his pasture one day and chomped it down to mere stubs of foliage.  I thought it was a goner for the year, but it came back!   -Taryn

  3. Wow!  Your delphinium looks much fuller than mine 😦 which is now dead.  I got tickled with a Milne poem this past April and became determined to find a delphinium because I didnt recognize.  It’s an annual.

  4. When we moved out west nine years ago, we couldn’t help but dig up some Sweet William from the acreage we were living on in Iowa and pot it to bring along.  It has bloomed in that pot each summer since.  We use to bring it into the garage in the winter, but the last couple we’ve left it outside.  Who knows how old that plant is!  

  5. Hi Taryn (waving hand)!  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I’d call a plant hardy if it comes back after a horse ate it.  I want to come visit you and drink chai at Cedars.  Take pictures of your growing profile until I see you in August!  Love,Carol

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