Echinops Ritro’s charm | Details

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Echinops Ritro platinum blue with its white-wooly stem

Have you ever met one of these babies?

Yes, I know what you are thinking, they are like small globe-thistles. When I saw them, it reminds me of the Kuwait Towers ,they are so alike in form & shade!From afar they are like the beautiful Chihuly  sculpture  displayed in 360 mall in Kuwait aside from of course they are not hand-blown and that sculpture is gigantic compared to these babies.

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Certified pollen -Butterflies attractive! Terrific showstopper!

These Echinops Ritro platinum blue caught my eyes while we are strolling yesterday in Klanzepark while celebrating “Die Welt is Bunt “ festival.I find them so unique and beautiful!Did you know that they are salt/seaside tolerant?

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Echinops Ritro-blue charming lollipops

 

This compact species has cobweb-like, woolly foliage. The unique spherical flower heads appear steely blue before maturing to a brighter blue. The late summer flowers add the charm of form and texture to a mixed border.Just look at her fine petals of mini- florets hanging in bunch of beautiful mirage! Who could ever wonder how many florets just one Echinops hold?

This is the close-up shot I could get with my iPhone and yet I love the way nature shows its pure details and intricate identity.

Did you know that Deers tend to avoid this flower?

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Echinops Ritro platinum blue in Klanzepark,Ingolstadt

I could enjoy gazing at this beauty for quite some time. They attract so many wasps, bees and other insects. I was trying to take a photo with my phone while the butterflies surrounds them but at the same time my hand is busy with my daughter trying to pinch these lollies.There’s something very pleasing about a big, fat bumble stuck on a pincushion of a flower.

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There’s so much loveliness if you just look around.

This is my humble take on my first try on today’s Photo challenge | Details using  iPhone only. Nature doesn’t need more filters, its details are enough.

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Dandelions : Return of Summer

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Celebrating the return of Summer with Dandelion ~MorningWalk
During one of my  morning walks,  I spotted this beauty amongst other weeds and bed of flowers.It stands out,not because of its size but because of its  uniqueness & symbolism.Dandelion is a symbol of the return of Summer for me. Even they are flowering from February through to November – It means they welcome in the colder, grimmer months.

We are having a  beautiful summer now in Germany.  Summer along the banks of Donau & green woods is a pure bliss.Not like in Kuwait that we spent most of the time indoors because its soaring 50 degrees hot outside.Here, we love to connect with nature,the sun & its power.The moment you step into the woods, you feel its power.

Indeed Summer has return, now in a new beginnings.Just like the Dandelions who is resilient to hardships and struggles, I also embrace the changes in my life and not giving up, just moving forward.

The clock has ticked and It’s still season for Dandelions.

What is the season in your life right now? Is it also symbolizing Dandelions?

I read some interesting facts about this flower & I wanna share with you. I personally can relate to its symbolism.The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.I had walks around 7pm and I found out that their heads are closed & bowed down, now I knew why.

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Summer Bliss with Dandelions
  • The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
  • Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
  • Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
  • The average American recognizes thousands of logos for commercial products, yet recognizes fewer than five plants that grow in his/her area. Dandelions are most likely one of those familiar plants.
  • The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.
  • Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
  • Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!

 

Have you heard that it is also a superfood?So next time you see it, repel the urge to weed it out, and why not try the amazing recipes you can make out of it?