Spring!

Spring!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Rhododendron

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Deep pink Rhododendron blooms cover both a small shrub and a towering tree, adding a neon pink pop to the greening landscape in my garden.

Haven't been out and about with my camera lately; lots of traveling followed by working keeps me otherwise occupied.  Meantime the swallows are busy building their nests, everywhere, and Spring marches on, giving us a sunny day here a cloudy day there mixed with an occasional shower and thunder storm. As I type this I can see the fog bank moving slowly toward me, ensuring that the coast is awash in fog - as will be my garden momentarily. Time for me to get out and mow more lawn.

Happy gardening!


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter Calla Lilies

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Happy Easter!





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Friday, April 03, 2015

Morning Walks: Azaleas

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Early morning walks around my garden beds reveal small treasures: A deep pink rose perched high atop a climbing branch, way too high for me to capture; then this. I almost missed it, blooming so low while I was looking higher up; the azaleas and the rose are the same color. Hopefully I'll get to display the rose when it blooms within my camera's reach.




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Monday, March 23, 2015

Dew Drops on Dicentra

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Dicentra formosa grows in my garden in shady, moist places amid tiny violets, ferns, and mosses.  Its ability to gather and hold dew drops not only in the leaf centers but on all its edges also is a constant delight.



These photos are my offering to Macro Monday 2 
where you will find macro photos from all over the globe.



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sparaxis In Red And Yellow

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Get your yellow on!  

I took this yesterday (Saturday in the northern hemisphere) when the sun came out for a few precious minutes. I love the contrast of the bright colors of the petals of this Sparaxis, also known by its common name Harlequin Flower, against the brown earth.

Sparaxis comes in many colors, another of which you can see here. They propagate easily by dropping bulblets that form in the stems when they die back, and then pop up everywhere in my yard in early Spring - even in the lawn.


Photographers are posting photos featuring yellow over on Monday Mellow Yellows.




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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Shadows In the Woods

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It was tough finding a good shadow shot this morning with our watery sun trying to peek through the clouds and fog.  I tried many shots of different areas around the gardens and then looked here just as the sun pierced both the clouds and the forest to reveal - this.

For more shadow shots from photographers around the world, visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2.







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Friday, March 20, 2015

Vernal Equinox 2015

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This first calendar day of spring is sporting a mix of sun and clouds, much like this Hellebore is a mix of muted petals and bright stamens. It's warmer, spring buds are swelling, some early flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer and longer. I've even begun to mow the knee-high grass!

Happy Spring!



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Yellow

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The shrub lives behind a thicket of blackberry canes, a large Rhododendron, a Japanese maple, and many low-growing bulbs and violets.

Sometimes I almost forget that it's there.  This spring it stretched its branches out beyond the rest of the tangle of flora and proceeded to bloom like never before.

Deep yellow blooms that pop against the background of green.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I've forgotten its name.

[Ed note:  I found an earlier post of this flowering shrub and now have the name - Kerria Japonica, 'Pleniflora'.]



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Calla Lily and Spider

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I've posted several variations on this theme over the years but never tire of taking photos of these intriguing spiders that change colors with the plant they are inhabiting at any given time.

They usually hide out deep in the stamen cup, waiting for unwary bees and bugs.

I can bring them out by gently blowing on them. They will come up the stamen ready to attack the interloper, but this one just kept on climbing up and out of the flower and was getting ready to slip from view when I clicked the shutter.

Ah, life in the garden.



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Nodding Daffodils

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These small daffodils (a mere 8-inches tall and the same ones from this photo), with their nodding heads, are difficult to photograph without laying down on the (wet) ground and shooting upwards, making it a challenge to capture their pretty little yellow faces.


Still, it wouldn't be Monday without Monday Mellow Yellows.  Check out the photos featuring the color yellow from photographers all around the world.



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