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4-H open class photography entries


Peony, Indiana's state flower, and a protester at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event in Indianapolis
Peony, Indiana’s state flower, and a protester at the December 2015 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event in Indianapolis

Ok, better late than never.

Reindeer Kisses and Dandelion Frost
Reindeer Kisses and Dandelion Frost

I just picked up my entries on the last day of the Clay, County 4-H Fair in Brazil, Indiana.

Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake

I entered 5 in the open class adult color category and 1 in black and white.

Historic U.S. 40 Bridge Over Big Walnut Creek
Historic U.S. 40 Bridge Over Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County, Indiana.

The language of flowers


These flowers were nature’s gift to me thoughout the month of May … the peony and the iris have special meaning to me personally.

The next time you want to send a gift with a special message … “say it with flowers.” According to FactMonster.com, floriography is the language of flowers. Hundreds of flowers and trees have been given meanings and this site shares a small bouquet. For example, the iris below means “Power.”

I made another Google search and found on wikipedia.org that in floriography, peony means “Shame, bashfulness; Prosperity, honor (in China); and Masculinity, bravery (in Japan).

I have no clue what flower this is … It still grows unattended in one of my mom’s flowerbeds. (She moved into town. Good thing she only planted perennials, because I have a black thumb.)

Update: Thanks to blogger Sheila 365 for identifying this wildflower. It is evening primrose. (See comment below.)

I do know the pink is a peony because it is Indiana’s state flower, and for as long as I can remember it has been a favorite of my mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I took this photo with my phone on Mother’s Day. (I don’t own a smart phone, so that’s the best I could do.) Personally, I prefer the meaning “Prosperity, honor (in China).”

And this is an iris, planted years ago by my mom. A large bouquet of these long-stemmed beauties would send a powerful message!

This is a wildflower I’m not sure about. So please feel free to I.D. it as well. If it is in the daisy chain, it means “We feel the same.”

Update: Blogger Deb Platt at TrekOhio.com also knows her wildflowers. This is daisy fleabane.