I have sooooooo many favorites and yes they are usually blue, my favorite color! This is Blue Sky Delphinium with a little rain from the evening before. I love getting two blooming's out of them but you really have to keep after the slugs and they love a good rich soil and fertilizer. Gorgeous Right! I have a close-up of one of the blossoms in my Spoonflower Fabric shop, here's the link directly to it: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3444654 I designed it for a pillow panel and just received the fabric so I can make a sofa pillow for my new blue décor. When it's done I'll post a pic.
Chocolate Cosmos astrosanguineus is another of my favorite perennials and beautiful pressed too. It's hardy zones 8-9 so I do protect them in my zone 7 garden with some evergreen bows during winter. They like partial to full sun and grows up to prox 18" tall. It blooms summer through autumn and is herbaceous (meaning all the foliage dies down for winter) and will come up again in spring. This photo has the morning due on them but they usually have a velvety appearance of reddish brown to blackish and scented with chocolate and it really does smell like chocolate, who wouldn't like that.
Well lets start out 2015 with the beautiful Blue Poppy, my all time favorite flower. I found this one and a whole garden patch of these during my trip to Scotland last year, what a treat. Actually my husband spotted them and knew they were my favorite. So many things going on that I have not posted since last year in March, wow! I have plans to add pressed flower projects to my blog along with the gardening tips and photos. I plan to add more digital downloads in my Etsy shop so you can make the pressed flower projects that I make yourself along with instructions to show you how. I am already looking forward to spring in January like I always do. We get teased with some warm weather days in January so it's not unusual to find me out in the garden and mowing the lawn even though winter has really just begun. It's time to make plans for the garden with the seed catalogs in hand and dreaming of something new for the garden.