Tag Archives: Flowers

Fall Blooming Narcissus

Narcissus are touted as spring blooming plants but here we are in December and once again this year I’ve spotted some gracing the pathway to the dike around the old rice field we frequent.

This path is lined with huge trees and not much light reaches the ground in any season making it a surprise that these bulbs can rejuvenate year after year. This is not an area that is currently being tended and doesn’t look like it has for some number of years.

Narcissus
Narcissus

A bee found his way to the bloom and checked each cup carefully.

Narcissus
Narcissus

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Smithsonian Gardens: Monarch Butterfly

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden is on the on the eastern border of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building just a few steps from the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

A Monarch Butterfly had plenty of choices even in October. He was carefully working this orange pom-pom plant (not its real name, unless I’m really lucky) when I passed by.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

I’m always amazed at how delicate butterfly’s legs, antennae and proboscis are. This sturdy flower held up well to  the poking and prodding.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

This garden was full of color and textures as well as other amazed tourists basking in the garden’s beauty.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Smithsonian Gardens: Green Wall / Brown Wall

I first became aware of Green Walls when Liz of the New Zealand based blog Exploring Colour posted about an installation in Balclutha, NZ. It is an impressive sight that uses mostly native plants and made an otherwise utilitarian looking space inviting.

Read Liz’s post with photos of the entire wall at Green Wall in Rural Town Centre and close ups of the plants at Green Wall (Part 2).

Just a couple weeks later at the Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington DC I was surprised to find a short Green Wall. Much smaller than the Balclutha version  with smaller plants, the colors and textures were a visual treat.

Green Wall
Green Wall

Although not called a Brown Wall, that is what I would call this next construction, or perhaps an Insect Condo as a sign indicated was its purpose. I didn’t get close enough to see if it had occupents but it did look inviting.

Home for Insects
Home for Insects

Maybe this sign would slow down a stinking thief. I wondered if the gap in the Green Wall was due to theft or plant failure.

Sign: Don't Steal
Sign: Don’t Steal

I found this sign more to my liking. #SmithsonianGardens

Smithsonian Gardens Photography Encouraged
Smithsonian Gardens Photography Encouraged

Smithsonian Gardens: Roses

The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden sits just off the National Mall in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. We visited in mid-October and I was delighted to find a number of single blooms to photograph.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

Most of the Rose bushes and other greenery were kind of ragged, not helped by recent yo-yo weather and it being at least 80 degrees on this October day.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

I darkened the backgrounds to focus on the Rose colors. I particularly liked this lilac:

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

There were a number of pink variations…

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

…including this more delicate variety.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

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Simply Yellow

Yellow was the predominant flower color around the old rice field this early fall day.

Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers

Single blooms stretch and turn to maximize their sun exposure.

Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers

Pulled down by the weight of the flowers these spikes bobbed out over the water.

Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers

On the edge of the canal nature arranged more of these stalks in an artful pattern.

Yellow decorates the edge of a canal

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Nature’s Beauty

There is not much going on at the marsh areas we visit. The summer heat if full force and nesting / family rearing season for the birds that breed here has ended.

A  Sunflower and a Turkey Vulture were my best photographs of the day. The Sunflower in a  field planted by the Wildlife Management Service was hosting a bee.

Sunflower
Sunflower and a Bee – click on photo for larger view

The Turkey Vulture had been working on road kill clean up duty and circled around as we passed by. Masters of wind currents they are beautiful in flight, if not at all glamorous close up. Even on this short flight his turning skill into the pine tree was impressive.

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture  – click on photo for larger view

 

 

Study of a Rose

The world is full of roses: gardens, paintings, songs, poems…the list is endless.

Red Rose
Red Rose

This rose was a gift from Gerald’s, the tire place.

Red Rose
Red Rose

Gerald’s is a  business that is all about customer service, including this token of their appreciation, left on the seat of your car. Add marketing to the rose’s achievement list.

Red Rose
Red Rose

A Yellow Fur Jacket

I don’t know the plant or the insect.  Rather pretty up close, the insect has a furry looking yellow jacket, but is not what I think of as a “Yellow Jacket.” The small flowers are on tall stalks growing in standing water at the edge of a swampy area.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower – click photo for larger view

The insect must have been getting some nourishment satisfaction or good taste because he kept at it, going round and round the plant.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower – click photo for larger view

Except for the purple highlights on the leaves, the plant is not particularly attractive to look at. I should go back in a week or so and see what it might have transformed into.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower showing a shiny “bald” spot between his wings- click photo for larger view