13 May 2014

Plant Puzzle 3


What have we here, with all those interestingly patterned buds about to burst into more deep blue flowers? I have no idea, although I may invent my own name for everything and call them Bluebudders... Who do we think we are telling the planet's species what they are called? I wonder what they would call us? The Uglywreckers, perhaps. Anyway, if you know what we call it please let me know.

14 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Interestingly, while there is one name in German (Kornblume), my online dictionary gives me four English alternatives: (garden) cornflower, bachelor's button and bluebottle.
Scientific name: Centaurea cyanus.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

I don't think so Sean. look at the wide thick leaves. I did a Google image search on all the names you offered and they all look something quite different from what I have, being atop long spindly stems (although the flowers are blue, I grant you). I await other offers...

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

...but the buds are quite similarly marked too, but those leaves of ours are completely different from what Professor Google is offering me for your names.

Sean Jeating said...

Hm, compared with this photo, for example, I'd still say it's a Kornblume / cornflower.
But let's see what others offer.

CalumCarr said...

Hi Sean!

Only going by Google, this looks like a cornflower. See here and here

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Ah... It sure does look like it in these latest photos, especially the leaves in Sean's one, and perhaps I was misled because the flowers have ony started to emerge and the stalks may be much higher when the flowers are out fully. So, Kornblume it (probably) is, and Kornblume it shall be to me (not cornflower). Danke schön

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Next one coming soon... distinctive dark and corrugated neat leaves but I am awaiting on the flowers to photograph. My controlled willow-herb patch is looking okay too.

susan said...

Meanwhile, any medium-sized, dull shaded birds we can't identify get called grackles.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

We get a lot of grackles in our garden Susan. Thanks for identifying them for me.

John Gray said...

Looks like a blue Centaurea to me!

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Thanks. I am convinced.

John Gray said...

My work here is done

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Until the next one.

Claude said...

Such a lovely blue flower! I love the different links identifying it. Yes, please, do this again, Andrew.