Thursday, July 8, 2021

Delicate Balance

It so happens today is the 20th anniversary of my marriage.

According to theknot.com, "The traditional 20th wedding anniversary gift is china, which is a beautiful representation of the delicate balance you've mastered in your relationship after 20 years together."

Here I present some images of delicate balance in the garden.

Bees atop the butterflyweed:

Bee Above




Bee Afloat




Bee Aloft


This next creature is only a few millimeters across. It is the infamous Asian lady beetle, which, sadly, is considered a pest. It is very similar looking to a ladybug, which is a beneficial insect.

Small Traveler



Shasta daisies stand proudly in the late afternoon glow.

Daisy in the Light 1




Daisy in the Light 2



A bright black-eyed Susan:

Golden Eye



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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Restful Res

We are so fortunate to live near the "res." I find that the local reservoir provides welcome peace and tranquility when I walk there. Here are some cell phone photos I recently took during one such outing.

Walking can be quite meditative in a location like this. It just takes an awareness of the present to notice;)


Water Dimples




Rock Islands




Res at Rest



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Echinacea Encore

Not to be outdone by the red echinacea, the nearby pink echinacea plant was getting jealous and decided to show off, and so I had to take a few more echinacea pictures. Up close:)


Echinacea 10




Echinacea 11





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Friday, June 18, 2021

Eye-popping Echinacea

As promised in my earlier "Spring Collection" blog post, here I present several echinacea photos (plus one bird). This red echinacea variety is new to our garden this year.

These have bloomed out with striking red (and white) color. I had a hard time deciding which views to share, so I decided to share many.

Echinacea 1




Echinacea 2



While photographing the echinacea, this robin decided to visit. Since I had my macro lens rather than my telephoto lens on my camera, I couldn't get a close-up shot in-camera, because the robin wasn't particularly close to me. However, I managed to capture this from about 20 feet away, then cropped and enhanced with LightRoom's recently introduced AI-based "super resolution". The jury is still out about whether or not robin's care about echinacea, but I think not. It was the nearby cherry tree that held interest.

Visiting Robin




Echinacea 3




Echinacea 4


This is a different bloom than shown in the previous photo; note the thinner petals.

Echinacea 5




Echinacea 6




Echinacea 7




Echinacea 8




Echinacea 9




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Solomon's Seal Selection

Below is a selection of Solomon's seal photos I recently took.

According to gardeningknowhow.com Solomon's seal gets its name from the scars that form where leaves have dropped. Apparently they look like the sixth seal of King Solomon. Who knew!?

For me, it's all about those graceful arches and the unique hanging blossoms.
And the leaves.
Okay, ... the whole plant:)

Here you go:

Solomon's Seal 1




Solomon's Seal 2




Solomon's Seal 3




Solomon's Seal 4




Solomon's Seal 5



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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Vibrant Color in the Garden

I've got more spring blossom photos to share below. Some of these are roses, which don't bloom just in spring. According to the internet, the spring rose bloom is the first of the season and also the most spectacular. No argument here.

Enjoy!

Here's one of our returning favorites: a Joseph's Coat rose. Reminds me of an Orange Julius;)

Rose Tips



These next two are hardy geraniums. They love to be backlit, and have delicate details.

Golden Thread




Lit Geranium



One of our red poppies is next. There's so much going on near the center.

Poppy Complex



Our Fourth of July roses have bloomed in timely fashion before the 4th. They look like fireworks.

Exploding Fireworks



Deb and I have our wedding anniversary in early July, so we also call these our "anniversary" roses.

Celebration Rose



Red roses add additional vibrant color to our garden.

Resting Red Rose



This is Gaillardia, commonly called "blanket flower".

Sun Corona




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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Spring Collection

Here's an assortment of photos, mostly taken during the colorful month of May.

This first photo is a cell phone "portrait mode" shot. This mode often works as well for flowers as for people!




These next two photos are of the arrangement Deb made that I mentioned in my prior post.

Arrangement Topside




Attack from the Space Pods



An earlier post, "Spring Happenings Continued", shows this same robin's nest with four eggs. Alas, three had since disappeared, leaving this solo egg. Sad to say, this egg didn't make it either. Evidently, it is sometimes a tough task for birds' eggs to survive "in the wild."

One Egg Left




Phlox Carpet




Birdhouse



This is a special lilac with very tiny blooms. This entire photo is about one inch of blossoms wide!

Tiny Lilac Blossoms




Predominantly Pink Peony



Here's an echinacea center with the colorful blooms not yet developed. You'll be able to see the brilliant red bloom in a later post.

Budding Echinacea




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In the Green

Here's a subset of spring flora with a predominant green (or "greenish") color.  Plus one bird, "in the green."

These first two photos were taken after overnight rain.

Drops on Tops






This is an arrangement Deb made. The top part didn't have enough green to qualify for this post's theme:)
No worries, though... I plan to show that in another post.

What Lurks Beneath


This mourning dove parent sits atop his/her nest just above me on our pergola. It was nice she/he didn't fly away.

Eye Above


More green in the garden ...

Open Wide




Uncurl Progress




Heading Northwest



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