Category Archives: Flowers

The Buttonbush Flower

I’ve had a few posts recently featuring butterflies on a Buttonbush flower head. Here are a few images of just the flower cluster. And yes, it looks a bit like all those virus graphics we’ve been seeing.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

The orbs visible in the background are flower heads that have dropped all the individual flowers and are drying out.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

And I couldn’t resist another image with a Swallowtail butterfly working over a cluster that is past its prime.

Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush
Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush

A Hibiscus Blooms

Late one gloomy afternoon the sole bloom on a hibiscus plant on my patio started to open.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus  and Spider, 5:30 PM

About 2 1/2 hours later, the sun was down but the blossom continued to unfurl.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus and spider, 8 PM, day 1

Evidently the spider didn’t care for the changes to his hideaway and he moved on.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 8PM, day 1

The next morning it was raining and even after sunrise I needed to use flash to get a good image.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 7 AM day 2

Raindrops made a nice visual addition.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 7 AM day 2

A few hours later the “star” was fully open.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 10 AM day 2

The next morning, about 40 hours after it started to open, the bloom had completely curled up, done with its show, and promptly fell off.

Giant Lily

These are the tallest Lily plants I have ever seen, at least 5 feet (1.5 M). These two plants were in a border of low annuals, drawing all of the attention with those  proportionately large blooms.

Tall White Lily
Tall White Lily – Gentle Sprinkle

Here is a bloom from another stand of these magnificent lilies, that surprisingly had thrived in a more shaded glen.

White Lily Bloom
White Lily Bloom