Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coreopsis, Ever Cheerful


I bought this bouquet of coreopsis at our neighborhood farmers' market this Saturday. This kind is a special treat with their dark maroon centers. In the language of flowers, coreopsis means "always cheerful."
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) wrote that as he traveled across the USA "I have been accompanied on my whole journey from Barnaget to Pikes Peak by a silent little follower", the coreopsis growing wild everywhere.

33 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are so beautiful!

Michaele said...

This post and photos make me feel happy : )

Vagabonde said...

Cheerful is a good word for these pretty flowers. This bright yellow bouquet would make any room sunny and happy.

June said...

I learned something today Terra! I didn't know it meant 'always cheerful'. I love that Whitman quote too!
hugs from here...

Mari said...

The name really fits this flower. I love them!

Happyone said...

They are so pretty and so well named. : )

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I always look forward to seeing the Coreopsis towards the end of summer when many of the other flowers are waning.

Pom Pom said...

I love them, too. I also am fascinated with the language of flowers. They ARE cheerful!

Nellie said...

And - they certainly bring cheer wherever we see them!

donna baker said...

So sweet. I never knew that.

Michelle said...

Those are really beautiful!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

They are gorgeous and the blue enamelware is perfect for them.

Cheapchick said...

Those are incredibly beautiful!

Sweet Tea said...

They are a happy flower blooming in the heat of the summer sun. Their name is fitting. Thanks for the info.

Debbie said...

I wouldn't have known what in the world to call that flower. It's gorgeous. It actually looks like sunshine at the end of a day.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

These are sweet blooms. They are Florida's state wildflower. :-) I need some of these in my own gardens.

FlowerLady

The Bee's Knee's said...

Now I know the name of the flowers that sprang up in my yard. They grew from seed - a long forgotten wildflower mix I had bought. Hardy little guys.
Thank you!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I have plain yellow ones, I didn't know they could be varigated like that--very lovely! And cheerful;)

Kimmie said...

Just gorgeous!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Terra. I'm so glad to hear what this sweet little flower's name means. It is very fitting for a flower that just makes me feel cheerful when I see it. They are my all time favorite when added into any bouquet. I have a bush just starting to bloom now. I don't know if it is a coreopsis or not, although it looks like one only rust colored with brown center. It made me cheerful to see it knowing that fall is close by

Simply Shelley said...

Always cheerful indeed. I think we may have some on our roadside. I'll be on the look out next time I'm out and about. Blessings friend

Lucille said...

Thank you! I didn't know the name of this flower and I'm so glad it means 'always cheerful'.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...gorgeous summer colors!!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

How PERFECTLY named. These are so beautiful, Terra. Guaranteed to bring a smile every time you pass them. =)

I am going to have to share the Shark team info with Alex. ;) Thank you! blessings ~ tanna

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They are beautiful - thanks for sharing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Terra - Coreopsis .. they certainly cheer .. and I love the darker centres. I bet the fields look just amazing full with these flowers ... gorgeous ..

Cheers Hilary

Lady Jane said...

These grow in my garden and I take some in the house to brighten up a spot. LJ

Inger said...

They would cheer anyone up, just lovely.

Dee said...

They are correctly named....so colorful.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Terra, Love reading the meaning of this pretty flowers name. I have some in my yard too. Also some huge purple coneflowers and black eyed Susans.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Noreen

Sally said...

Oh, how beautiful! I love seeing everyone's flowers this time of year. :)

Justabeachkat said...

Such a happy flower!

Hugs,
Kat

Red Rose Alley said...

This flower is so pretty, Terra. I've never seen it before. I love what the name means also. These are very nice pictures.

love,
~Sheri