Monday, August 10, 2009

Blue Dayflowers

I would like to thank Sally, our gracious Blue Monday hostess, at Smiling Sally for giving us an opportunity to share some of the blues around us. Be sure and visit Sally to see her elegant cobalt pitcher, which was a 51st wedding anniversary gift from her husband.

I was in Canton, Mississippi on a photo shoot last week and was standing on a curb photographing a church across the street, when I happened to look down and saw some of the sweetest little blue flowers growing out of cracks in the pavement. I couldn't resist capturing them with my camera and want to share them with you today.

At first, I thought they might be some kind of violet, but upon "googling" blue wildflowers, I discovered that they belong to the Spiderwort family, and are an "invasive plant" ... aka a weed. Their common name is Asiatic Dayflower, and they are usually found along roadsides and waste places from June to October. As the common name indicates, the plant was introduced from Asia, and each little flower lasts only a day. I'm so glad I noticed them and, weed or not, I think their delicate little blooms are lovely, don't you?

Best wishes to you for a very happy Blue Monday. I hope you will visit Sally and the other participants to see what blues they are sharing today.


Cindy said...

Aren't God's creations wonderful. Her is such a pretty flower growing in the cracks of pavement. Lovely pictures you took.

Gee said...

The flowers are beautiful. Nice pictures and thanks for sharing. Happy blue monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I love these. You know, I actually love some weeds and particularly love vines. These are precious.

Happy Blue Monday to you!


Sheila :-)

racheld said...

There you go---finding the most beautiful in the most unlikely places.

And I'm of the opinion that The Lord made them ALL flowers, and it was just meddly folks who came along and called some of them weeds.

Tonja said...

I'm sure there is a great theological lesson there about weeds doing something so amazing as bring beauty to the streets...but, I'll not expound at this time.

I love Canton, Miss. I used to go every year to the Canton Flea Market. Wow, what fun! It's about a 7 hour trip from here, but such fun! Some friends and I are planning to go this Oct. Can hardly wait!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely beautiful, Janie. We have something like this growing down on the creek bank. May be the same thing.

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful photos. I have seen these lovely flowers before, but I can not remember where.....imagine that! Have a great Blue Monday.

salmagundi said...

Isn't it amazing what beauty can be found in weeds? That thought applies to people, too. Sally

SmilingSally said...

I'm so glad that you're observant; these blooms are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They are so pretty, Janie! So delicate and they look almostlike blue butterflies. Nature is full of surprises.

Thanks for your visit today!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
Those are very unusual and pretty!
I learned a new flower today!

Anonymous said...

They are so tiny. There must be a lot blooming for you to notice. They sure are pretty and interesting to looks at.

Happy Blue Monday!