Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ABC Wednesday
The letter is X and the choice of flower is really quite easy.  Not too many X's dwell in the Land of Flowers, so not much confusion in picking one!

Behold the lovely Xeranthemum

Otherwise known as the Everlasting, or Immortelle
A hardy annual which blooms even in poor soil, and whose flowers stay open in cloudy
weather, I am pleased to tell you..
The Immortelle begins to bloom in early summer and continues through autumn.
Wonderful for dried flowers.  Cut when the buds begin to open and hang
them by the stems, with their heads down, in a shady dry area for a couple of weeks, to dry.
There was a time in my life when the outdoor porch was full
of dried plants hanging from the rafters
but the Everlasting was the most charming and dependable
of them all.

You might know it by another name, 'strawflower'
but whatever its name it is precious for providing colour from the garden
in the midst of winter, whether in bouquets or in wreaths.
For more takes on the letter X visit here at ABC Wednesday, with many thanx to
everyone who brings this xcellent meme to us weekly.


Leslie: said...


abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

Thank goodness for the Latin (also Chinese and Mexico)

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gerald (SK14) said...

good theme choice Hildred

Joy said...

They look gorgeous all mixed together. Your porch looks the perfect place for prolonging the life of plants.

Carver said...

The flowers are gorgeous. Great take on the letter X. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Nana Jo said...

I don't think I've ever seen that top one before. It's lavender beauty is eXquisite. Your porch looks so inviting, too. If I was walking by and saw all the dried flowers hanging, I'd feel that a kindred spirit must live there.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Hildred, we call them "strobloemen"or strawflowers in English. They are very lovely and the colours remain fresh for a long time. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice summer day!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Undried it looks like a clematis. Think I'll try to grow these.

ChrisJ said...

I remember these flowers. My grandmother used to grow them -- and dry them. Never knew what their name was though.

uberrhund said...

Ahhh, yes I do know those little beauties as Strawflowers!
My mother was very fond of these in the 1960s, grew them, dried them. hung them up and gave them away too.
Thanks for the eXcellent post on letter X!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Such a pretty flower and delicate colour. A x

Dimple said...

Beautiful flowers, Hildred. You are quite good at finding examples for the alphabet!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wondered about "X" when you started your wonderful flower alphabet "book" (it should be one). I do know about strawflowers, but didn't know their real name. Such pretty flower pictures and I love the bouquets drying on the porch.

Gunn said...

Great posting!
I love the flower at the top!!