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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Sensational Helichrysum bracteatum (Tuesday's Truths WK 129)



Welcome to my one hundred and twenty-ninth segment of Tuesday's Truths which is occurring on the Tuesday of National Gardening Week.

Hence, in honor of that fact, I'll give a shout out to a flora variety known as Helichrysum bracteatum (AKA strawflower). I've grown this in my rooftop garden over the years and quite some time ago, I created the mini movie which documents a week in the life of this flora variety. It is posted atop this entry and can also be seen within my Vimeo Channel as well as You Tube Channel. Additionally I have written about these flowers in prior posts here on Blogger.

A web-page for The Spruce admits that "The name strawflower doesn’t do much to excite the flower gardener" and goes on to say that "it might elicit images of a plant that's withered and tan—but the real strawflower blossom will bring vivid colors to your landscape and craft projects alike. Strawflowers resemble daisies in form, but unlike daisies, the petals are stiff and papery. In fact, they aren’t true petals at all, but modified leaves called bracts."

I have had strawflowers in many different colors during the years but have never used them in a craft projects because I'm  not the type of person who enjoys doing arts and crafts, however I have included the yellow variety (seen in the video above and the image directly below)...


within volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.


The stories are set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, and told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, whose picture is on all the covers. Cam has spent a lot of time in my place and she likes the strawflower which is red-orange. That strawflower variety is also included within volume one and can be seen in the next set of pictures showing them in various stages of their lives) because they are "in the color range of her beak."












Just as an aside: As of this posting, Father's Day will be here in less than one month's time and my suggestion is that you may want to consider giving these books to anyone that you know who happens to be a father or a grandfather. After all, Father's Day is for the birds as evidenced by the male cardinal (Mac who is Cam's husband) seen in the photograph below featuring him spending time with their youngest daughter (Peanut).



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