Thursday, July 25, 2019

July Garden Tour

Summer is half over.
It's going too fast.
We've been having beautiful
weather with temperatures
in the 20's C.
I am sharing some flowers
 in my garden.

The Lilies have started blooming.

Lots of butterflies

More lilies

Lemon scented Lily.

Red Lilies


Japanese Red Peonies.

Malva - a wild scented flower also known as Wild Musk.


Goats Beard below the bird houses.
Chickadees families are birthing
 in the houses this year.

Geraniums in terracotta pots.
I use repurposed old chimney bricks
 to make a barrier from the ditch.


Giant yellow hosta behind.

Hostas and
Painted buoys from the beach.

Weigela Shrub.


Pink Astilbe and Sweet Williams 

Solomon's Seal Berries,

To view more on
"Wild Flowers", click here
to view my previous blog.

Thanks for your visit xo.
Happy Summer

Monday, July 8, 2019

Wildflowers Of The Gaspe

I'm sharing some photos of wildflowers
that I have taken over the years,
mostly native flowers, here in 
Eastern Quebec, the Gaspé region.
With the help of the Internet to 
research and identify some of them, 
  I've created this blog. 

Wildflowers grow in the wild,
 forest, beaches, ditches and fields,
almost everywhere.
Most wildflowers are beautiful,
 fragrant and colourful and can be used
 for decorating, medicinal purposes and food


 Aster Alpinus,
 native to North America.
Member of the  Asteraceae family.
Bees and butterflies are attracted to
 this flower for Fall, late season nectar.
The flower, roots and leaves also provide 
culinary and health benefits.

White Woodland Asters
Eurybia divaricata 
Native to Eastern North America.
Flowers in the August in the woods and ditches.
A favourite of bees and butterflies.

Ammophilia Brevillgulara 
Grows in sand and marine environments,
spreading by subsurface runners, rhizomes
 Their roots stabilizes coastal erosion.

Creeping Bellflower, (Bluebell)
(Campanula rapunculoides)
Used for medicinal purposes.
Extremely invasive.
Birds, bees and insects,  feed on the nectar.
A nuisance in flower beds.
I cannot get rid of them.

Bluebells and Wild Musk

From the Ranunculaeace family.
They are beneficial in medical uses 
in anti-rheumatism, intermittent fever
 and some skin disorders.
Unfortunately these pretty bright
 flowers are poisonous.
Beware too much handling can cause dermatitis.

Bird's Foot Trefoil
(Lotus Corniculatus) 
A member of the pea family Fabaceae.
An ornamental ground cover.
Fragrant flower in yellow or orange.

I found these Bird's Foot Trefoil growing on the beach.
The also grow in the gravel on the roadside.
They grow low to the ground.
Used in agriculture as a forage plant,
grown for pasture, hay and silage.

Wild Caraway
(Carum Carvi)
From the Alaceae family.
A white group of flowers at the top of 
several erect branched stems.
It develops a parsnip like root
 with black skin and white core.
Used for beauty and many culinary benefits.

Caraway can be invasive

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
of the dandelion family Asteraceae. 
Also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion,
 wild bachelor's buttons and more.
Culinary uses in coffee, sweeteners, and stout beers.
Medicinal uses linked with insulin also.

Grows on the roadside and in ditches.
I found these growing beside railroad tracks.
So pretty on the roadside here in the Gaspé.

A member of the pea family Fabaceae
Usually have three leaves.
The four leaf clover are considered 
a rarity and consider lucky.
Flower is usually pink or white
Clover is one of the main nectar sources for honeybees.
Shamrock, the Irish symbol is associated with clover.

Common Daisies
(Bellis Perennis)
Member of the Asteraceae family. 
Used in culinary and herbal medicine. 
Medically used for homeopathy for 
wounds and certain surgical procedures.

Common Daisies
He loves me ~ He loves me not,
We played this often in our younger yrs, 
pulling out each petal,
hoping it will end at.....💖
"He loves me"

Member of the Asteraceae family. 
The entire plant, including the leaves, stems,
 flowers and roots is edible and nutritious.
Dandelions are found on 6 continents.
An early Spring source of food for wildlife,
bees, butterflies and moths.

Dandelion Seeds
Pick one. Close your eyes, 
make a wish and blow the seeds into the air.
 Only one wish granted. 

Dandelion Seedhead. 

Pearly Everlasting
(Anaphalis margaritacea)
Member of the Asteraceae family. 
Used by home herbalists as a tea, 
medicinal uses and health benefits.
Drought tolerant, food source for butterflies.
Grow in ditches fields and wood edges. 

(Chamaenerion Angustifoloum)
Member of the Onagraceae family. 
The floral emblem of the Yukon.
Usually grows in areas affected by forest fires. 
Many health benefits such as tumors, enlarged prostate, etc.

From Bonaventure Island
looking towards Percé Rock, Gaspé.

Fireweed beyond the backyard.
Flowers in August.
An important plant for honey producers.
Attracts bees and hummingbirds. 

Golden Marguerite.
(Cota Tinctoria)
Member of the Asteraceae family. 
A yellow type daisy.
Also known as yellow Chamomile,
or Anthemis tinctorial.
Yellow orange dye from the flower,
 used to colour fabric in the past.

They go to sleep at night,
the petals of the flowers droop.

Solidago Vigaurea
Member of the Asteracese family.
Flowering in late Summer,  August.
Popular ingredient in herbal supplements and teas. 
In the photo below, GoldenMarguerite and Goldenrod.)

Impatiens Capensis
Small orchid-like flowers that grow in damp areas.
The juice of the leaves and stems, used for a
 remedy for skin rashes, including poison ivy.

Very tiny.

Joe-Pye Weed
(Eupatorium Dubium)
From the Daisy family (Asteraceae)
Plant grows wild in the woods,
entire plant is edible and
 used for herbal teas.
Used in the 1800s to cure typhus.
Can grow up to 3 meters high.

Beyond my backyard.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.
(Cypripedium Parviflorum)
An wild orchid that grows in shady 
damp woodlands and attracts pollinators.

Lily Of The Valley
(Convallaria Majallis)
In the Asparaguecea family. 
Lovely scented.
Leaves and buds and flowers are poisonous. 
Used in perfumes, creams and bouquets,
and many medicinal purposes.
6-12in. tall, flowering in June in my region.

Visit a previous blog on more of
 my connection with Lily Of The Valley.

Wild Musk ~ Mallow
(Malva Moschata)
From the Malvaceae family 
Used for health, beauty and culinary benefits.
Grow in roadside ditches, also on the beach.
A fragrance flower, in pink and white.

I have transplanted them in my flower garden
and they reseed and flourish each Summer.

White Wild Musk - Mallow
Smells divine
Easy to grow from their seeds
thrown in ditches, etc.

Blue-Eyed Grass
(Sisyrinchium Angustifolium) 
These tiny flowers grow in the grass.
Member of the Iris family.
1/2 inch flower, yellow eyes.
If pollinated, flowers flowered by
a small dark seed capsule,
 filled with tiny seeds.
I must observe and try to
 get some seeds from the plant.

Wild Phlox.
(Phlox divaricata)
From the Polemoniaceae family. 
A fragrant flower that attracts butterflies,
 moths and hummingbirds.
Native to forests & fields in Eastern North America. 
In a variety of colours from light purple, violet and white.

 Wild Mustard.
From the Brassicaceae family. 
The seeds are grounded up for spices.

A close up of the Mustard and Phlox together on the beach.

Another photo from the beach
Baie des Chaleur, Gaspé.

Princess Pine or Clubmoss
It's always a delight to spot this
 fascinating plants in the forest.
A small ancient, slow growing plant  
that grows in patches on the forest floor.
Grows to only 4 to 6 inches tall.
Prefers shady, moist woodland.
It has been over-harvested in the past,
used to make Christmas wreaths.

Queen Anne Lace ~ Wild Carrot.
(Daucus Carota)
From the Alaceae family
Grows on roadsides, in dry environments.
Flowers and roots are edible.

Queen Anne Lace is a biennial plant.

A dark purple spot appears in the middle
of some flowers of Queen Anne Lace.

Legend has it that the Queen pricked
her finger while making lace and left
a drop of blood in the middle. 

Queen Anne Lace in a bouquet.

Sedum  ~ Stonecrop.
From the family Crassulaceae,
There are many types of sedum.
The one below appears in a ball shaped 
plant in Spring with thick succulent leaves, 
and turns a colourful red in the Fall.

Sedum in Autumn.
Pretty red flowers


False Soloman's Seal
(Similacina Racemose)
In the Asparaguecea family.
 A relative of Lily Of The Valley.
An edible and medicinal plant used by Natives
for many uses, including rheumatism, 
rash, coughs and headaches.
Soloman's Seal
The flowers turn to edible berries.
Enjoyed by beetles, small rodents 
and other wild life.

Soloman's Seal
They turn a pretty red.

Tanacetum Vulgare
Member of the  Asteraceae family.
Used  for medicinal,
culinary and health benefits.

Colourful in the month of August.
I have Tansy growing in my backyard.
The leaves can be dried and used in sachet bags.
I have also dried the flowers and used them in
flower decorations. 

Tansy and the shoreline of the
Baie des Chaleur, in Fauvel.
It's scent is similar to 
camphor with hints of rosemary.
It grows close to 6 ft. tall.
I don't know how true this is,
Tansy is a deterrent for bugs and rodents.

From the Asteraceae family. 

A picky plant, full of prickles,
 that protects the plant from
 being eaten by animals. 
A plant with many beneficial qualities.

Floral resources for pollinators,
 Seeds for small birds, goldfinches, 
Foliage for butterfly larvae, and
Down for the lining of bird's nests. 

The floral emblem of Scotland.

Toadflax, Butter and Eggs.
(Linaria Vulgaris)
From the family Plantaginaceae
Similar to a snapdragon flower.
Has medicinal properties. 
Food for a large number of insects,
 including as moths.

Blue Vetch
(Genus Vicia) 
From the Fabaceae family. 
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Vetch vine can grow up to 2 meters,
strangling out smaller plants.

I find Vetch annoying in my flowerbed.

Wild Violets. 
Grow in the forest.
From the Violaceae family.
Used in culinary, medicinal and
in the perfume industry.
 Edible flower and leaves. 

Their flowers of the Violet plant are short-lived 
but the beautiful plants lasts all Summer.
In warmer regions they can be invasive,
a welcome site to see in the forests here.

White Wild Violets

Grows in ditches, fields, on the beach and in forests.
Some birds use yarrow to line their nests.
Also food for many species of insects.

I'm surrounded by wildflowers.
They make beautiful bouquets.

Milkweed, goldenrod, Queen-Ann Lace, pink and 
white musk, daisies, tansy, vetch and bluebells.

There are many more wildflowers out there,
I will be adding more as I discover more.

To view a previous blog on
Roses of the Gaspé,
click here.

Thanks for your visit.