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There are many varieties of Geranium. (Not the houseplant - which is actually Pelargonium). The blue flowers clearly show how the petals have veins, like leaves and 2 stamens for each of the 5 petals. The pink flower clearly shows the 5-branched style. Flowers of a larger variety of grass (sorry don't know which one), showing the many stamens hanging out to catch the wind. Hedge Parsley flowers are arranged in "umbels". The stalks of each flower-head arise from the same place on the main stem like the spokes of an umbrella. The individual flowers arise from their main stalks in the same way. The Lenten Rose or Hellebore. What look like its petals are actually its sepals, the petals are the little brown blobs around the many stamens.
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Another view of a hellebore flower showing its branched style surrounded by its stamens. Not that hellebores are my favourites but I do like this photo. In this view of a newly opened flower you can clearly see the branched style and the still-developing stamens. Herb Bennet, or Wood Avens is a member of the rose family. Its little yellow 5-petalled flowers are a common weed in gardens and hedgrows throughout the summer, as are its spiky heads of fruit. Each fruit has a little hook for clinging to the fur of passing animals. The Climbing Hydrangea has umbels containing two kinds of flowers. The outer flowers are sterile and have the job of attracting insects. The inner flowers have no petals. In the close up you can see the stamens and styles interspersed with the buds of flowers that have not yet opened.
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Here is a spike of flowers from a Horse Chestnut. The long curved stamens and style in each flower can clearly be seen. A well grown "conker" tree covered in these large creamy flower spikes is a sight to behold.
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Solanum is the plant that gives its name to the family Solanacea. The family includes potatoes, tomatoes and the nightshades (both deadly and woody). These flowers are typical of the family. Flowers of Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom) clearly showing their structure in 5X  radial symmetry. The tiny white bells of Lily of the Valley grow in shady corners of the garden in early summer. They have elongated leaves with parallel veins that are typical of monocotyledenous plants. When Rhododendrons flower it is a sure sign that Summer has really started.
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