Day 13 – Meet The Encyclopedias

Meet my favorite books in the whole house, all 2,020+ pages of them.  My flower encyclopedias.  Well technically one of them is just trees and shrubs and the other is practically everything including trees and shrubs.

There is a third one in the house, however it’s down in my office on the bookshelf and I don’t feel like going to get it LOL

Yesterday, Jan asked me about the photo of the day.  It was a photo of a flower that I thought was a Hibiscus but I wasn’t 100% sure.  So I broke out my trusty encyclopedias.  After much reading and thought, I still am not 100% sure it’s a hibiscus.  But I’m still leaning in that direction.  The flower it’s self could almost pass for a Camellia, however the leaves of a Camellia are waxy like a Gardenia… that much I remember from my flower garden back in NC.  It isn’t full enough to be a Peony like Jan stated, however Peony’s come in 4 types.  Including a Semi-Double, which this kinda resembles and a Double which is what Jan was referring to.  Wish I had a definitive answer for you Jan… my gut was saying Hibiscus when I first saw it… it still is… and the books aren’t helping with the deciphering it either.  Sorry 🙂

A few days ago I also posted this little beauty.  I still think it’s prettier without the petals.  Anyway… I believe this to be a Gaillardia Grandiflora.  Otherwise known as the Dazzler.  I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’m not.  I was thinking it was in the Echinacea (Coneflower) family, but the center wasn’t quite right.  Glad I never actually said that was what it was.

Now this, Tricia asked about.  According to the book, its actual name is Pennisetum Setaceum or Purpureum.  It’s just an ornamental grass.

Okay, now that I’ve been sitting here for about 2 hours, researching, it’s time for me to get along to other things.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


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3 thoughts on “Day 13 – Meet The Encyclopedias

  1. I bought the books when I was landscaping the front yard. I wanted the perfect bushes that would give me flowers in the summer and pretty foliage in the winter. Took a little research. Apparently my tenants have since killed the majority of my landscaping, so it’ll have to be redone. Plus I have to do my research for the Zoie Memorial Paw-Den. There is a rhododendron in my back yard that she used to LOVE. She was allergic to it though lol. It bloomed every other year, and when it did she would go back there and bury her head in it, I assume sniffing it. Then she’d come back to the house with her eyes and nose running. Benedryl was her best friend on those days. Anyway, I want to see if I can find a miniature version of it because the original one is huge and has to come out when we redo the fences.


  2. Thanks for looking that up! I thought it was kind of funny you did that though and that you have books about flowers. I’m a geek like that too, I have wildflower books, insects, spiders, mushrooms, and butterflies. I always like to look stuff up for my own personal amusement. I don’t know why, it just makes me happy to know what stuff is I guess. Not that I’ll remember it in the future, but it’s cool to know at the moment.


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