Spring

Spring

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sweet Stargazers

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Not actually gazing at stars this year, something has attacked my poor lily and crippled it slightly. Despite the handicap, it put out a beautifully noble effort. If you've never smelled a Stargazer, you're missing out on something heavenly.

The Stargazer Lily was hybridized by local lily breeder, Mr. Leslie Woodriff, about whom one can read in local writer Amy Stewart's New York Times best selling new book, Flower Confidential.


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Friday, June 29, 2007

Roses, Daisies And A Sunset

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While visiting my dear friend Erika in the Sacramento Valley last weekend I got some beautiful photos of her garden.

Then a stunning shot of the sunset, so reminiscent of those long-shadowed, valley sunsets that I love.



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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

California Cicada

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Don't believe it if you hear that Cicadas do not occur in California. They do. Taken in the River Park area of Sacramento, CA on June 24, 2007, this photo may have been taken by my son Joshua. We were both delightedly using my camera to get the best shot while this very docile creature didn't move at all. To find out more about cicadas, Google "cicadas in California".

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Beautiful Hemerocallis

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Read about Daylilies, genus hemerocallis, here. And here. Here. More here. And even more here. Happy viewing.




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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Dark Pink Watsonia

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Watsonia, a cousin to iris, is blooming now in my garden. This deep pink one is less hardy than the more common light pink variety.



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Monday, June 11, 2007

Damselfly

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Detail-wise, this may be one of the best shots I've taken for this blog. If you click on the photo, you will see this damselfly in all it's un-edited, un-cropped glory.




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Friday, June 08, 2007

Shy Columbine

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One stalk per year. That's all I'm allowed of this shy and beautiful columbine. I have to watch carefully or I could miss it.




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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Delicious Daylily

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Sometimes I find myself unable to chose between one photo or another, so I post them both. This isn't the prettiest daylily on the planet, but it has lovely ruffled petals and is quite delicious!





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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Early Blue Hydrangea

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Purple Clematis

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This clematis, whose name I believe is Clematis jackmanii, graces our front gateway and nods its lovely purple 8-inch blossoms as we pass by.




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Saturday, June 02, 2007

White Floribunda

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Greeting me as I approach the front door, this old floribunda, heavy with blooms, exudes a deliciously licorice scent. One stem, like the one here, can make an entire bouquet.



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