Oh no! We’ve reached the last of Cathy’s annual Week of Flowers postings. That week has taken us from meandering, warm autumn weather to sharp, chilly winter days. The meme has been a welcome counterpoint to that change. It’s been a wonderful floral celebration and has provided much colour and cheer. Thanks Cathy!
I am going out with a photo of a blazing Helianthemum flower.
This low-growing shrub, growing in a tub just outside our greenhouse, provides masses of crumpled bright orange flowers, that charm me every time I go to check on plants and seedlings, from May through June.
The flowers have a fresh, but crumpled ‘just out of bed’ look that I find irresistible!
And on that note, I’d like to thank Cathy again for a week of inspiration and beauty! Head over to her blog if you want to browse more uplifting flowering beauties or indeed, to share your own.
Your Helianthemum is a lovely warm glow to finish off the week. Yes, this year’s Week of Flowers has been uplifting and exceeded all my expectations. 😃 Thank you for contributing to the fun Allison!
Cathy, it is always fun to look through and find photos of beautiful flowers, but especially at this glum time of year!
The ‘just out of bed’ look is fine by me, I don’t need perfection in my garden, just lots of colour and nectar for the insects.
Wish I looked as good just out of bed! I am also motivated to grow flowers that are tip-top pollinator larders.
I love this! Another one to add to my list 🙂
🙂 These lists of ours are getting amazing lengthy!
They certainly are! I’m going to need a bigger garden 😉
Those flowers are great but what I really like is your word choices: “Burning down the house” and “crumpled, just out of bed look”. Perfect.
Ah, thanks! But do you hear the accompanying music too?
I didn’t remember ever seeing a flower like this, so I went looking to see if we have a native in the genus. When I discovered Helianthemum only as a non-native in New York state, it seemed odd. Eventually, I found the taxonomists have been busy again, and the new genus is Crocanthemum. And, yes: we have three native species in my area, all yellow. They’re pretty enough, but yours outshines them, by far!
Wow, hard to keep up! I hadn’t heard of that one, but up at the family level it gets recognisable. 😉 I guess your yellow ones might win if they make flower-laden thickets?
Those are really pretty, I have never seen one. Another to look up. OK, done, there is one here that I know, Frostweed. Yours is better!
But frostweed has such a good trick up its sleeve! I can’t help thinking that we miss out when I see those amazing ice features.
Such a warm and luscious color! I’ve tried, relatively unsuccessfully so far, to grow Helianthemum. Theoretically, they should grow in my climate but apparently they’re not consulting the same reference guides as I am 😉
What a shame. Down with independent minded plants! Still, with weather oscillations like we are seeing this winter, I am not sure how many will make it through here either.