Flower of the day

There is plant that grows in relative abundance in our area. Many consider it an invasive weed, but ever since I had a really close look at the structural details of its flowers, it has been one of my favorites in our garden each year.  It’s the common (or Asiatic) dayflower, Commelina communis.  It’s called the dayflower because its blossoms open very early in the day and close again shortly after midday, not to unfold again until the next morning.  They’re quite small, the width of each blossom less than 2 cm.  If you haven’t made their acquaintance yet, I’m happy to introduce them to you.  If you have, and if you’re among those who consider them to be weeds, I hope to help you to see them in a new light.

Dayflower 12629

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10 Responses to Flower of the day

  1. Frank Wallace says:

    Very delicate.

  2. victoriaaphotographyictoria says:

    Excellent photo. It looks quite fragile and unusual in shape.

    • krikitarts says:

      They really look fragile, and one has to get very close to appreciate the delicacy of the three tiny yellow mini-flowers in the midst of the larger blue one. Unusual? Absolutely!

  3. Mike Powell says:

    Wonderful shot. I encountered this flower last year for the first time and found it particularly hard to photograph. They grow close to the ground and the shape of the flower requires a pretty wide depth of field. I definitely do think that they are cool looking, with those long tendril-like growths in the center.

    • krikitarts says:

      You are so right about their being hard to catch well. It takes that dastardly combination of a good tripod, a small aperture, a slow shutter speed, at a low ISO–and a really still moment, to keep the noise down. So glad you like it , Mike!

  4. Finn Holding says:

    There’s a school of thought here that there is no such thing as a weed, just flowers growing in the wrong place. But in this case I reckon there is no wrong place for such exquisite flowers!

    • krikitarts says:

      I am right with you, Finn! CD has tried to restrict their growth to only a few areas in our garden, but I have long welcomed them wherever they chose to grow. I love their combination of deep violet and golden butter-yellow.

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