Flowers Wearing Summer White

Are you hoping we have a White Christmas this year? I cannot tell a White Lie – by the time Christmas rolls around here, I’ll be holding up the White Flag and praying no more White Stuff falls to the ground.  After the hundredth Whiteout,  they can send in the men in White Coats to take me away – but not until after I’ve had a chance to go to the White Sale – I need some blue towels…

I like White in the summertime, though. It makes for a nice contrast to the sea of green..

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A quintessential Daisy – the multi petaled Shasta Daisy has bright yellow-gold centres and a ‘dare-you’ attitude that even a deer steers clear of!

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The Iceland Poppy is a hardy plant that sends out wave after wave of white, yellow or orange flowers all summer long.  They reseed themselves freely, resulting in new poppy plants in the most unexpected places!

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White Dianthus with deeply cut petals are hardy plants, but they frequently don’t make it through the winter because the meadow voles eat them. Fortunately, the flowers produce lots of seeds, and some of them survive the vole assault.

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A White Peony flower,  as big across as a bread and butter plate, is too heavy for the size of the stalk that tries to hold it upright. I really should cut back on the nutrients for these plants!

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I missed harvesting one onion plant last year. This year, the Lone Onion (as I called it) sent up two beautiful blossoms. I didn’t harvest the plant this year either. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes up next spring!

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Moving from White Flowers to White Clothing,

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
Erma Bombeck –


With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
– Oscar Wilde –

23 comments

  1. These Ode To White photos were so beautiful, I went into shock, the color drained from my face, and my handsome countenance became quite, er, well, white… Funny coincidence, eh?

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen an Iceland Poppy. Gorgeous. Waves of white, yellow, and orange that reseed themselves, and here comes another wave, and another… I’m ready to sit on the Red House porch with a cuppa coffee and just watch ’em roll in!

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  2. The dianthus photo is my favourite.

    We are getting snow here now, too, undoubtedly until Christmas, when it’ll all melt just to come back full force after New Year’s. I’m waiting for spring already.

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  3. The white flowers you posted here are stunning, some I have not heard of like the Iceland poppy (how beautiful). Having a garden dedicated to white flowers sounds fun. I think might do one like that in the spring!

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    • Hi Amanda – I’ve tried to colour group flowers in some of my beds. I try to keep the pink flowers and the orange flowers in separate parts of the yard. They seem to fight with one another…

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  4. I’m sure snow gets quite tiring where you live, but down here in Virginia Beach, we seldom get to see any of it, so I get excited when I see even a snow flurry. I remember growing up in Connecticut, though, and we were pretty tired of snow by the time spring came. And spring came late!

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