Wordless Wednesday – Bluets

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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66 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Bluets

  1. John says:

    So cute! 😁

  2. Anne says:

    A delightfully pretty plant!

  3. Cathy says:

    How pretty Eliza. I have not come across this flower in Europe. Is it growing wild or in your garden?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It is a native to eastern US and is wild, though I suppose someone could cultivate them. They need full sun, moist, fertile and slightly acidic soil.

  4. I have never seen these before, but they are lovely!

  5. Dale says:

    So pretty! They are like a variation of forget-me-nots!

  6. 💙 My favorite childhood flower. They grew abundantly in my mother’s rock garden and I would lie down on the stone wall and enjoy the view the chipmunks had of them.

  7. shoreacres says:

    I’ve read that ‘Quaker ladies’ sometimes is used as a name for these, but I’ve never come across it; there it is in your tags. They’re one of our earliest wildflowers. When I looked in my files, I found some images from as early as late January.

  8. Treah Pichette says:

    Reminds me of my childhood….we used to have so many of them! Scarce these days at my place.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Same here. I think reforestation of pastures has led to their decline. They like fertile, moist, slightly acidic soil in full sun free of competition. I wish I had big patches in the lawn like I’ve seen elsewhere.

      • Treah Pichette says:

        I have wide patches of Mazus reptans in my lawn instead which is nice also, but not the same. Do you think bluets have been replaced by these?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Since it is an aggressively spreading non-native, I can’t imagine much can compete with it, certainly not the fine-leaved bluet. Is the Mazus easy to control? The internet touts it as a lawn alternative, but lawns aren’t native either. It’s a tough call.

  9. Oh! I adore these little dears!!

  10. Little beauties! We have some on our front lawn. Have you ever heard them referred to as “Quaker Ladies”?

  11. Alice says:

    Very pretty! Dale already wrote it…I was thinking: like four-petaled for-get- me nots.

  12. Donna Donabella says:

    They just smile at me and wink as though the fairies are playing amongst them.

  13. Well, I had to go to Google. I now wonder if the flowers I see in PA are Bluets and not Forget-me-Nots like I thought they were. I guess I’ll have to take a better look when I go up to PA again. I did look up Bluets and by their name Houstonia caerulea L. I think they might grow here.

  14. Widdershins says:

    Stars that fell to earth. 🙂

  15. neihtn2012 says:

    Blue and yellow, colors of Ukraine? In any case, they are pretty flowers.

  16. Kris P says:

    Lovely things. Although I’d heard the term, I didn’t know anything about them until I looked them up.

  17. Debbie says:

    I love these little flowers — and the name is perfect!!

  18. In central Texas, bluets often aren’t blue.

  19. Such pretty flowers. Lovely photo!

  20. Alex says:


  21. Such lovely little flowers. (Suzanne)

  22. pbmgarden says:

    Oh, I love these little things. Used to have them at my former garden (22 years ago this month we left that property) .

  23. Bluets, as opposed to the blues. What a difference one letter can make. 😊

  24. I love their daintiness, very pretty, Eliza!

  25. They are beautiful, dainty little flowers!

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