Picture Perfect Flowers – Anticipation

Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
– A. A. Milne –

In a month or two, my flower beds should look like this…

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
– W. E. Johns –

Before that, though, there will be lots of non-gardening weather…

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin –

which gives me sufficient time to put the photo through my filter factory.

A Digital Marble
Topaz Studio Fantasy Filter
Topaz Studio Impasto Filter
Topaz Studio Quad Tone filter

A Spanish magician prepares the audience for his final trick…
He yells “UNO!”
The crowd falls silent in anticipation.
“DOS!”
Everyone’s eyes are wide, laser focused on the performer.
Then, the magician vanishes… without a tres.
– Author Unknown –

What are you looking forward to in the next few months?

Sunflowers – Life Imitates Art

I love big, bold Sunflowers. Here I’ve asked one of them to Imitate works of Art.

“Like when the Orchids in the ditch pretended to be the “Old Masters“, my sunflower asked?

“Yes”, I replied. “Much like The Mona Orchid by Margio da Antelope Street and Someone’s Mother by Margy (a Whistling Bird is nearby). Pose for me, sunflower, and I will use some digital magic!

The Sunflower if painted by a pointillist artist working in cube shapes.

The Sunflower if painted in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sunflower New Mexico

The Sunflower as photographed against dark clouds.

So, do you think my Sunflower looks like a piece of art?

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Life Imitates Art

Sunflowers Face a Snow Storm

The first snow of the season is more than mildly inconvenient. It is often accompanied by below freezing temperatures, and that brings an end to the growing season of the tender plants. After that, the weather generally goes back to normal, and we get weeks of beautiful fall weather.

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Still recovering from the beating they took from the hail, my intrepid sunflower plants have not even started to bloom.

Last year, the sunflowers in my yard looked like this!

Alchemilla mollis – Lost in the Details of a Raindrop

This is a macro photo of a raindrop on the leaf of the Alchemilla mollis – a plant with big toothy scalloped leaves that capture and funnel rain into tiny little ponds that fairies could take a bath in, if fairies were inclined to do such a thing. Now, that’s a detail you probably haven’t heard before.

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Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld-

This weeks WordPress photo challenge is Lost in the Details.

Flowers Wearing Summer White

Are you hoping we have a White Christmas this year? I cannot tell a White Lie – by the time Christmas rolls around here, I’ll be holding up the White Flag and praying no more White Stuff falls to the ground.  After the hundredth Whiteout,  they can send in the men in White Coats to take me away – but not until after I’ve had a chance to go to the White Sale – I need some blue towels…

I like White in the summertime, though. It makes for a nice contrast to the sea of green..

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A quintessential Daisy – the multi petaled Shasta Daisy has bright yellow-gold centres and a ‘dare-you’ attitude that even a deer steers clear of!

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The Iceland Poppy is a hardy plant that sends out wave after wave of white, yellow or orange flowers all summer long.  They reseed themselves freely, resulting in new poppy plants in the most unexpected places!

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White Dianthus with deeply cut petals are hardy plants, but they frequently don’t make it through the winter because the meadow voles eat them. Fortunately, the flowers produce lots of seeds, and some of them survive the vole assault.

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A White Peony flower,  as big across as a bread and butter plate, is too heavy for the size of the stalk that tries to hold it upright. I really should cut back on the nutrients for these plants!

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I missed harvesting one onion plant last year. This year, the Lone Onion (as I called it) sent up two beautiful blossoms. I didn’t harvest the plant this year either. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes up next spring!

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Moving from White Flowers to White Clothing,

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
Erma Bombeck –

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
– Oscar Wilde –

Pansies – Flowers of Many Faces

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
– Abraham Lincoln –

The Pansy Family of flowers! They are fairly easy to grow and are fragrant and edible. And they have delightful faces – each and every one of them is unique! What more can you ask for in your garden?

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The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
– Maureen Murphy –

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Face.

Painted Daisies – No Lackadaisical Flowers Here!

The Painted Daisies (Tanacetum coccineum) are quite hardy here, and though it has been said that deer don’t like to eat them, my Painted Daisies have been providing a scrumptious snack to the four footed browsers (White tail deer) ever since they bloomed!

I planted a whole border of these pink beauties along one side of my vegetable garden, and so far one quarter of the row has become ungulate food.

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What I find curious about these flowers is that up until this year all the blooms have been light pink in color. Then suddenly this year, a few dark pink flowers appeared within one small clump. I’m looking forward to the possibility that other shades of pink appear when this year’s seeds germinate and bloom next year!

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.
– Doug Larson –

Oriental Poppies – Some Shouting in the Garden

Not content to fade to muted tones of green after the riot of colour provided by The Tulips, my garden has moved into the stage I call “Shouting”. This phase is led by the Oriental PoppyPapaver oriental – a perennial plant that puts out deep orange blooms that are about 5 inches across! Quiet and subtle – NOT! Held high above their hairy green leaves, these blooms will last only a few days. Once finished, the poppy plant leaves will wither and die, rebounding in the early fall with another flush of green, and perhaps even a bloom or two.

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Speaking of shouting, I saw this quote somewhere, and it seemed an appropriate one to pass on to all gardeners who are mothers:

I will not have a temper tantrum,
Nor stomp across the floor.
I will not pout, scream or shout,
Or kick against the door.
I will not throw my food around, Nor pick upon another.
I will always try to be real good,
Because I am the mother!