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Tuesday, 10 June 2008

ABC Wednesday - U


All right, it's not quite Wednesday, but it's near enough for me.

This week, we've reached the letter U

U
is for
UMBEL

An umbel is a particular arrangement of flowers on a plant. They grow in groups, and the flower stems all grow from about the same place on the main stem, with the youngest flowers in the centre. This means the centre can still be in tight bud while the outer flowers are wide open.
Carrots and parsnips are umbellifers.

So is parsley.

While thinking of what to post this week I found some of last year's parsley growing in a corner and flowering well.

A rather pretty flower head, even if the colouring is far from showy.


Funnily enough, I spotted another umbelliferous plant in an old tub, obviously self-seeded from some time ago.
I've cropped this photo so as to show you the dainty flower buds just beginning to open - believe me, you don't want to be shown the surrounding mess!

This pretty little thing is a carrot flower!

So now I've bored you all with my UMBELS, wander over to Mrs Nesbit's Place to see what other people have found for U. It's bound to be interesting.


39 comments:

Judy said...

What a super U post. Great choice.

For The People said...

Now that is cool!

Texas Travelers said...

I definitely wasn't bored. I enjoyed this a lot and your nice photos. The is a lot of Queen Anne's Lace (with umbels) blooming here in Ft. Worth now.

Come visit anytime,
Troy and Martha

leslie said...

Wow! learn something new every day! Great! :D

Granny Smith said...

I love your umbels! And you have enriched my vocabulary as well as sharing these photos of delicate leasves and emerging petals.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

I have some truble to wright comment to you to day. But I try again.

This is a lovely U. Beautiful shots as well:)

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Very interesting and special flower. Nice choice for this week.

John said...

Very nice flower shots and choice for U.

Dr.John said...

Those are two u's I would neverhave come up with.

ellen b said...

Oh I'm not bored, I love your Umbels. Now if you really want to be bored check out my U. Or better yet, avoid my U. This wasn't one of the fun letters for me :0)

granmal said...

Clever choice and lesson. Nicely done.

Paulie said...

What a unique word -- learn something new everyday! I love the close up! You "done good!"

photowannabe said...

Well I really learned something tonight. Great choice for the letter U.

Miss_Yves said...

Good choice ! nice photos !
I love "Umbels"_IN French" ombelles ", from the family of ombellifères
Miss Yves

Aileni said...

Excellent choice.

babooshka said...

Beatiful flora images. Very clever use of the letter u. Definitley learnt a thing or two along the way here today.

Blue said...

Well done!
A good unique choice for U, it was a new word to me.
Will look @ those flower heads with renewed interest now & say to them, I know what you are now, you're Umbells!

RuneE said...

Thank you for teaching me a new word and a new concept!

My U is here

reader Wil said...

There are so many new words we can learn each Wednesday.The photos are very beautiful!

Petunia said...

Great choice and very beautiful photos:)

Kelly said...

A very interesting read! I didn't know those U words, so thank you! Beautiful pictures too!

Suburbia said...

Love your Humble umbels!! Very pretty photos.

Katney said...

Thanks you for the lesson. I will watch for flowers that grow this way. I know there are some in the meadows at Mt. Rainier.

Helena said...

Ooo this is very interesting... I'm learning alot about gardening lately.

Is there a special name for plants that have no central stem for the other shoots to grow off? I mean like dill or fennel....

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Great "U" choice! I had trouble with "U". As for "v"... oh dear!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Well, I just learned something new!! Yay.. I love that... Oh and yes... unicorns and dragons get along just superbly! Dragons are my next best friends in the whole world! Haven't met one I didn't like yet... =)

CherryPie said...

Very pretty :-)

Liz said...

I especially liked the carrot flower - I don't think I've ever seen one before.

Neva said...

I learn so much in blogland.....Umbrels.....good one.
Mine is here.

starnitesky said...

Not boring at all, I have learnt something new today, thanks for the information.

Louis la Vache said...

UniqUe take on "U"-Wednesday - and educational, too! "LoUis" learned something by stopping by.

"LoUis" did Urban Art.

Rosebud said...

It sounds to me like you homeschooled. I used to do these kids of things to my children. Unique choice. Very well done, indeed! I'm sure that many blog views are a bit more informed now.

Powell River Books said...

I never knew about umbels until your post. Thanks for helping me learn something new. My parsley made it through the winter but it hasn't flowered yet. I invite you to come see my U is for Use and Re-Use. -- Margy

barbara said...

Hi Dragonstar,
U must be a hard letter to find examples for ; but you did it !
That was interesting; some nice btianical terms to go with these flowers. I didn't know these words.

You take care ;)

DeeJay said...

Hey educational as well as a good choice for 'U'
I didn't know that

Ackworth Born said...

Well you've certainly taught me a new U word today.

Nydia said...

This parsley flower is so delicate! Loved it. I can't think of a flower I don't like, actually. Sweet post, and not boring at all! :)
Kisses from Nydia.

nonizamboni said...

Gorgeous carrot flower! Such an interesting post as well.
Thanks for sharing!

Damama T said...

Your posts are like umbles with you as the small budding flower in the middle and the rest of us growing and learning like crazy around you.

Nessa said...

Interesting to know.