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Wildflowers:  The Reds in Kentucky

By Sharon
August 22, 2013

I grew up loving wildflowers. During the 40s and 50s there weren't many other flowers available in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I also grew up loving color and I was particularly attracted to red. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered very few red wildflowers growing in my mountains.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 21, 2013 6:28 PM CST
Sharon, you have such a way with words ... makes me feel like I'm right there in your story with you! The first part of your article reminded me of me ... I don't really remember if I had a favorite color as a child or even as a young adult but as I've gotten "older" it seems like I go from one color to the next being my "favorite" depending on the day ... but for the past dozen or so years when it comes to flowers, I love red. It seems as if the red blooms attract the Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Moths and Bees more than any other color in my garden so that's probably why I'm really liking red flowers.

Thank you for another great article! Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Aug 21, 2013 6:45 PM CST
You just reminded me; after I was old enough to know which flowers I could freely pick, I'd sometimes take Aunt Bett a bouquet. Every time I walked into her house with red flowers, she's say, 'Shut th' door or them butterflies will be all over my kitchen!' Smiling

Thanks Lin, and yes, I still love red.
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plantladylin
Aug 21, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Green Grin! Yep, I do believe the Butterflies would follow red flowers right into the house!
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Dutchlady1
Aug 21, 2013 7:13 PM CST
Always a pleasure reading one of your stories, Sharon! Thumbs up
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Sharon
Aug 21, 2013 7:18 PM CST
Thank you, my dear Americanlady!

Always a pleasure to write them. *Blush*
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Marilyn
Aug 21, 2013 8:24 PM CST
plantladylin said:Sharon, you have such a way with words ... makes me feel like I'm right there in your story with you! The first part of your article reminded me of me ... I don't really remember if I had a favorite color as a child or even as a young adult but as I've gotten "older" it seems like I go from one color to the next being my "favorite" depending on the day ... but for the past dozen or so years when it comes to flowers, I love red. It seems as if the red blooms attract the Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Moths and Bees more than any other color in my garden so that's probably why I'm really liking red flowers.

Thank you for another great article! Lovey dubby


I agree I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up Lovey dubby Group hug

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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 12:19 AM CST
Group hug @Marilyn
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vic
Aug 22, 2013 3:09 AM CST
What a wonderful story Sharon and while it was all about the wild flowers, I loved hearing about your red cape Lovey dubby

Love bee balm - I only have purple. I need to get some red!
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 8:04 AM CST
I have some purple as well, Vic, but there's nothing quite as stunning as that deep rich red bee balm!
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jmorth
Aug 24, 2013 8:02 AM CST
Excellente!

First blooms recently made their appearance in the New England Asters and Fall Clematis here.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Sharon
Aug 24, 2013 10:28 AM CST
Thanks J ~

I'm looking forward to fall and am taking a little day trip down through the Land Between the Lakes next weekend where I should find more than my gardens are offering. It's been a really cool and wet summer, but the asters are blooming here too. However - my goldenrod has disappeared. I blame it on last year's drought; it's been 2 years now and I miss it. Looking for more.

BTW, my gloriosas bloomed all summer and are winding down now, I think. Beautiful!
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jmorth
Aug 24, 2013 1:06 PM CST
I've friends who regularly praise the Land Between the Lakes area. I've never had the opportunity to go there. Going south of Illinois I always seem to end up on the other side of the Mississippi in Arkansas or Texas..
My Gloriies likewise are past their peak. The heat is back w/ a vengence, and no rain for quite a while.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 24, 2013 1:44 PM CST
J, you simply need to make that trip to LBL. Take a left and cross the mighty Mississippi!!
I'll meet you in the Land Between the Lakes, you'll love it.

Found 2 buds on my gloriosas this morning! Last hurrah, I think.
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Petalpants
Aug 27, 2013 2:49 PM CST
I haven't been on here in awhile, and so I decided to check in on you first, since my email popped-up with ATP! I really loved reading your story, Sharon--- felt like I was walking and stumbling along with you and your Aunt on the mountain-side! In Texas when our wildflowers bloom, we have some called Indian Blankets (Red wildflowers, edged in Yellow)--- they look gorgeous when mixed in with our Texas Bluebonnets out in the countryside! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 27, 2013 2:58 PM CST
Wow!! So good to see you again, Connie. It's been a long time.

I've seen pictures of Indian Blankets and I can imagine how pretty they are. I'm still wishing I could grow your Texas Bluebonnets, but think they'd do better left in Texas.

Look around ATP while you are here, there's a lot to see and read and learn. It's a great site and I hope you are here more often.
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