17 August 2009

flower power

considering that flowers aren't really the focus of my gardening efforts (i'm all about the food, ya'll), i do have a few scattered about the yard(s), and can't help photographing them! i love all the bees and butterflies they attract, and appreciate the splashes of color from spring to late fall. feast your eyes upon all of this summer color...

cosmo between the edamame and the black-eyed susans

my zinnia circle (in our old yard)

a small poppy, in my mixed flower bed (old place)

a surprise, unknown flower in a butterfly mix

two varieties of cosmos

i hesitate to show these, because the color is nothing close to the real thing.

these morning glories are more of a deep, velvety purple.

cosmo admires his namesake

cosmo eats a cosmo


mixed flower bed

cosmo checks out a bumble bee on the purple coneflower

dewy lotus (from the farmer's market)

lotus glows

a variety of cosmos growing along the creek down the street

cosmo harvesting cosmo seeds

dwarf sunflower (old place)

full sized sunflower!

nature's geometry

this is a Datura wrightii or Sacred Datura (new place)

the huge flowers open up at sundown

they bloom all night, and into the next morning

our landlord planted these zinnia's before he moved

they have been a real draw for butterflies


TeresaR said...

How do you make your garden look so neat?? Ours looks like a total mess, even after we've weeded and "cleaned up". Are you getting a good crop of edamame? Ours are close to being done...plus the rabbits have nipped of a bunch. Darned rabbits.

Heather said...

Wow, that photo of the closed datura is stunning!!!!

philippine flowers said...

Oh! I love those beautiful flowers so colorful. I also try to collect flowers and put it in a cute vase. I enjoyed reading your article. It makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing.


Charlie, London England said...

the blue, white & yellow 'unknown flower' in 4th pic is Convolvulus Tricolor.
Lovely photos.
Found your blog while trying to identify a flower plant grown from seed brought back from the Himalayan foothills, India - it's the same orange cosmos you have...
Flowers are still in bud in November, hoping they open before the frost.