Blooming blues – Sharing floral hues and flower symbolism while waiting for spring

bachelor button

Centaurea cyanus

Veronica spicata

Veronica spicata

A blue flower, according to Wikipedia, “is a central symbol of inspiration“,  standing for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It also symbolizes “hope and the beauty of things.

Borago

Borage

That’s quite a mouthful. Obviously, the colour blue has much historical significance, and reverence!

Admittedly that’s easy to relate to right now, and this post has come about due to an infinite hope for spring’s seemingly unreachable arrival. You see, we had snow fall overnight here in cottage country, and it’s chilly outside to say the least.  Like many of you, I am itching to get in the garden.

forget me nots wfs

Myosotis

Feeling starved for colour,  with a monochromatic landscape looming outside, I took to viewing some flower photos on my Flickr site.

In doing so, it dawned on me just how many blue flowers are in my garden.

bearded iris

baptisia

Baptisia australis – False indigo

Of course, they don’t all bloom at the same time, (a bit of a shame considering the show they’d offer!), but on the other hand, it’s nice to have constant flow of colour throughout the season.  In any case, Wikipedia’s description seems quite fitting, indeed. So, in honor of spring’s imminent arrival, I’d like to offer up some visual hope right here.

Feel free to share your favourite blue flower here with me. Happy Spring!

Omphalodes

Omphalodes

Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica

 

Not quite blue, but I do love lavender.

Not quite blue, but I do love lavender.

Echinops ritro wfs

Echinops

Blue cardinal flower

Blue cardinal flower

 

Morning glory

Morning glory

Classic garden elements – Adding unique structures to your landscape

This is a just a sampling of some of the garden structures we create in-house here in Minden Ontario, at Wall Flower Studio – Garden obelisks, vertical gardens, and bee hotels.

Obelisk at Wall Flower Studio

Garden obelisk trellis

Planting peas and runner beans on the trellis

Obelisk in the garden, early spring.

 

 

 

 

 

Obelisks are perfect for vertical gardening which adds height and an added growing dimension to any garden. We especially love them for the winter interest that they add. Our garden structures are constructed of high quality timber and we offer a variety of paint colours to choose from.  One can grow almost any herbaceous climbing plant on these sturdy, simple, classic and elegant structures. 6516101931_34f3dd889f_o
Obelisks at Wall Flower Studio front of shop

Obelisk with peas and runner beans at WFS

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Square succulent wall garden for indoors or out

Our rustic vertical wall gardens are very popular, with good reason! Presently, we have 3 sizes available but we are working on creating different shapes, as well.  These space-saving, artistic plant containers are a work of living art. They can be planted with succulents, herbs and more. The only limit is one’s imagination!17240632025_41d3dcb7b2_o

 

 

 

We are thrilled to offer solitary bee hotels. 1795607_10153309127676488_1229602207476800234_n

Each one is unique and one of a kind, but they all offer a habitat for our native bees and other beneficial insects.  They can be mounted on a fence, a tree or anywhere you like.

Bees are vital for cross pollination of flowers, vegetables crops  and fruit trees not only for suburban gardens but also for farms,
parklands, plant nurseries and community gardens.
One way we can all help is to re-introduce these often unknown  little pollinators back into our environment and our gardens.