Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We'll always have Paris ...

Well, for those of us lucky to have been there (I've been twice). For those not having had that singular pleasure, please DO go to the Impressionists show at the deYoung museum. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see masterworks that rarely ever leave the Musee D'Orsay. Speaking of works of art, we gardeners have the exquisite beauty of our flowers and occasionally a photograph will seem more like a painting than a mere photograph. I've only been lucky to capture a few of those moments but I keep photographing the flowers in my garden nonetheless. Here are a few more ...

Top left: Ornithogalum. I love this plant's otherworldly alabaster white charms.
Top right: Mimulus Mega. For those who love spots and color.
2nd line left: Crimson Feathers breadseed poppy. One word -- wow!
2nd line right: Nasturtium. Sometimes a common flower can be uncommonly beautiful.
3rd line left: Interpol bearded iris. A deep purple variety that's almost black when in bud.
3rd line right: Iris fulva 'Red Dazzler.' Aptly named indeed.
4th line left: Thalictrum sp. The close focus of this shot makes the petals seem to be floating in space.
4th line right: Phacelia viscida. One of my favorites, for its inky blues and intricate nectaries.
5th line left: Bird of Paradise. Who can pass up shooting this flower's bright oranges and silky blues.
5th line right: This Louisiana iris (Pastiche) has the loveliest pastel colors.
6th line left: Zerumbet ginger. Each leaf has slightly different markings. My own private jungle.
6th line right: Nigella 'Curiosity.' This one didn't kill the cat but charms humans alike.
Bottom line left: Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black.' An Annie's favorite that keeps on ticking ...
Bottom line right: Another ornithogalum, this time the orange dubium species. As they would say in Brooklyn, "We've got yer orange right here!"

Monday, May 10, 2010

Got sun?

Not much it turns out. Even with a mere week's worth our gardens burst into bloom but other plants seem to be waiting for some sustained heat. And that's just us flower gardeners! Veggie gardeners must really be shaking their fists at the sky. Drought? What drought? They're still skiing in the Sierras. I'm ready for climate change -- as in a change to sunny dry weather!
Okay, that grumbling aside, here's a few photos taken during that brief sunny interlude.
Top line left: Impatiens niamniamensis. Known as Congo Cockatoo for it's brightly colored beaks.
Top line right: Anomatheca. This pretty, self-seeding iris family member loves the shade!
2nd line left: Fuchsia boliviana alba. Just a spectacular tree fuchsia!
2nd line right: Phacelia viscida. This truly blue native has intricate markings in its nectary.
3rd line left: Clematis Belle of Woking. A gorgeous double lavender clematis.
3rd line right: Centaurea gymnocarpa. A 'Dusty Miller' with big pink blooms? You betcha!
4th line left: Alstromeria. Being common doesn't negate being eye-catching!
4th line right: Spaeralcea munroana. A low growing globe mallow with tons of delicate rose flwrs.
5th line left: Arctotis 'Mango.' I just love this vigorous, spreading plant. Great colors.
5th line right: Echium gentianoides: For blue and bee lovers alike!
6th line left: Bearded iris 'Interpol.' Just about the blackest bearded iris ever!
6th line right: Babiana stricta. So simple and yet so lovely.
7th line left: Arisaema ringens. Not the best shot but had to include this Jack-in-the Pulpit.'
7th line right: Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgandy.' Such a rich color for a pineapple lily!
8th line left: CA poppy Apricot Chiffon. Came back true this year and wow, fabulous hues.
8th line right: Iris pseudacorus. Delicate with pronounced veining. A favorite (and reliable).
Bottom line left: Grevillea 'Moonlight.' The first year the flowers have lived up to their promise.
Bottom line right: Lysimachia atropuropurpea. An eye-opener for those used to other species.
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