A Week of Flowers – Day Four

I am joining Cathy at Words and Herbs for this year’s Week of Flowers sharing images from our gardens. I am adding some favorite blue flowers from my South Florida garden today. Below is Butterfly Pea vine, this finally took hold in my garden after an extended trial with rabbit abatement. For some unknown reason the rabbits, who couldn’t get enough of this vine at first, now avoid it. I am wondering if like some people it gets bitter with age? My neighbor enjoys making cobalt blue tea with the flowers and then adding lemon to turn it pink. I have found I do not enjoy bean flavored tea.

Below, another blue flower, the Chinese Forget Me Not. I was astonished to find out last year I could grow this as a winter annual. I have just planted seeds and hope to see some flowers in a couple of months.

Hopefully these images warm up gardeners living in more northern climes. To see more flowery images from around the world visit Cathy at wordsandherbs.wordpress.com.

Happy Gardening!!

11 comments on “A Week of Flowers – Day Four

  1. Love the blues. That reminds me to look for the Chinese Forget Me Not.

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  2. Cathy says:

    I really love your Chinese Forget-me-not Amelia! I have seen it in your vases I believe, and it is such a perfect blue. I could try and grow it as an annual here if I can find seeds. And the pea vine flower is also gorgeous. (Liked the comment about bitterness! 😜) Can you really make tea with it? How odd!

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    • I had never heard of these forget me nots and just happened upon some seed last year at a big box store. I always thought I was too far south for the plant, but really enjoyed them last year. The pea vine flower is commonly used for culinary purposes in Southeast Asia where it is from, tea and other medicinal uses. Interesting but perhaps an acquired taste. I agree, odd.

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  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely, such vibrant blues!

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  4. Anna Higgins says:

    Beautiful intense blues Amelia! The Butterfly Pea is a plant that I’ve never come across before. Does it produce edible peas? It’s good to hear that the rabbits now turn their noses up at it 😂

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    • Thank you, Anna. The Butterfly Pea is Clitoria ternatea, it is relatively common here and used as a host plant for butterflies. It does produce peas, I am not aware that they are edible, the flower is used for herbal medicine and teas.

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  5. Sandra says:

    What a blue! Would love to try cobalt blue tea.

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  6. Cathy says:

    Stunning shades of blue!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    These blues help banish the ‘winter blues!’ 🙂

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