Summer Photo Fun: Name That Flower

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I love flowers—but who doesn’t? I guess those who go into a sneezing frenzy when they’re around too many flowers might have a slightly different opinion, but as for the rest of us, we love flowers, don’t we? Their delicate beauty, their colors, their varied fragrances and designs all have a way of speaking peace, comfort, or refreshment to our spirits.

In spite of my love for flowers, I’m clueless many times when it comes to identifying them. Too bad I didn’t automatically inherit my grandmother’s knowledge of flowers. She tended her huge flower garden faithfully and almost always had fresh flowers in her house. I could have learned a lot from her if I had just paid attention.

I’m learning to pay attention now, though. I think my growing love for taking photos has contributed much to that. I want to identify the things I’m photographing. Last summer on our vacation to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, I bought guide books for the wildflowers and wildlife of the region and had great fun identifying the results of my camera-happy trigger finger.

Below are some photos of flowers that I’ve taken in our region. Which ones can you identify? Let’s have some fun and see who can name all of them first in the comments. I need special help with the last three. I don’t know those!

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“‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.'” Matthew 6:28-29

*My photos


  1. In order from top to bottom- and correct me if I’m wrong.
    Poppy flower
    Gerbera daisy
    Daylily- some variety of it ? I’m taking a guess here
    Black-eyed Susan
    flowering yucca plant
    hibiscus flower

  2. Judith Robl says

    Yep, Tirwin. Those were my picks, too. Although I’m not familiar with the pink daylily variety.

  3. Love flowers, especially when they grow in the wild! Black-eyed Susans are a favorite as well as red poppies! We see a lot of these along the highways of NC. Color always brings a smile to my heart.

  4. nancy douglas says

    The first one is a poppy and the yellow maybe a daisy but not sure. I LOVE God’s handiwork! To think, we were made by His holy hands!

  5. Cheryl, if you are able to grow all those flowers without even knowing their names, I am VERY impressed!

    It is a war where I live – gophers, sow bugs (AKA roly-polies), aphids, deer, birds, raccoons and unnamed diseases are all fighting for most of what I plant. So, thank you for sharing your flowers!

  6. Aunt Norma says

    Left a previous message, but don’t see it… Rather than naming the last flower as hibiscus, I believe it is Althea, which survives SEK winters were as Hibiscus does not. It is a relative though……hope I send this correctly this time :)

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