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A Week in Farm Photos - May 19th - 25th

Memorial Day parades often conclude at a cemetery where taps is played on a bugle and the poem 'In Flanders Field' is read to commemorate our nation's fallen war heroes. While we don't have poppies here on our farm in Virginia, I thought I would share some photos of the various flowers blooming on our property this spring. Have a safe holiday weekend.

~apple blossoms bloom on one of our several apple trees~

~Vinca (or periwinkle) blooms in the shade of a tree~
~fragrant wisteria attracts honeybees all summer long~
~this perennial is a mystery to me~
~ground phlox makes a beautiful carpet of ground cover~
~chickweed has pretty little white flowers in late spring~
~oxalis (or yellow wood sorrel) flowers are shaped nearly the same as the trefoil leaves~
~purple violets are of one of my favorites~
~white violets also dot the ground~
~Winston frolics among the buttercups~

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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  1. Oh, if someone knows what the purple flowers are under the Wisteria, please post. I've never seen these before. We re-landscaped this spring and these have popped up all over my garden. I don't get it. I didn't buy them. I didn't have the guys plant them. But somehow they are there in my yard. They are really pretty and the chickens leave them alone so I'm kind of happy to have stumbled upon them but I'm really curious what they are as well.

    1. Looks like spiderwort (Tradescantia). There are both wild and cultivated varieties here in Texas. And colors ranging from pale blue to pinky purple. Great plant!

    2. That's what I'm being told Spiderwort. I just love them. They grow well here and keep coming back each spring.

    3. Yes, they are called Spiderwort. I love them and have them all over my yard.

  2. beautiful photos. A fitting and very nice way to commemorate Memorial Day.

  3. Gorgeous blooms. God bless our Veterans...

  4. I forgot you lived in Virginia as well. We had a ton of buttercups in our yard until yesterday. We finally got it mowed.

    Beautiful pictures. Have a Happy Memorial Day celebration as you remember our fallen heroes.

  5. The purple flower is Spiderwort. It is pretty while flowering, but one of the ugliest flowers when not. I have dug out and thrown away several and they keep coming back.

  6. Wish we could have flowers and plants like those you have. I have to find more that the deer do not eat. Love your place.

    1. The deer don't bother any of our flowers or garden. They do eat the apples off our trees tho.