Spring is over a week away according to the calendar but the garden rarely waits for the specific date as Mother Nature has a schedule all her own. These are the only flowers in the garden. They are revered for that fact alone. The bees do not know that they are here yet. I am going to pay attention and watch for that first pollinator. It is still cold. There is still snow. Spring will come and go for the next few weeks alternating with late winter but spring will take over. It is inevitable.
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End of season
The last post included closeup pictures which were taken with a macro lens and then adjusted to a higher resolution with the aid of computer software. The macro lens does aid in the quality of the resulting photo and the software allows you to really zoom in a bit closer.
The first picture named 'Casper's rump' is actually a pumpkin as you may have surmised. This pumpkin is a Jarrahdale and made a fairly nice pumpkin soup last evening. It is a soothing gray green with pretty ribbing. I grew this one from seed and as has been my experience with heirlooms, the productivity is less than that of the newer cultivars. I will take partial credit or blame and grow it again with a bit more organic fertilizer to see what will develop. This vine produced just five of these pumpkins. The next picture is of the famous Bhut jolokia pepper which is the hottest pepper grown measuring over 1,000,000 Scoville units on the hot scale. It is destined for deer repellent.
The scary picture
is one of my new favorite but as yet not grown annuals, Gomphocarpus physocarpus aka 'Hairy Balls'.
Curious with a lovely flower
as an added bonus. The incredible color within the flower in this picture
could only be the blue of a morning glory but this one is variegated which I have seen in the past but the name escapes me.
This one is located in the annual gardens at Blithewold.
Grandpa Ott exhibits wonderful coloration on its' back as well as front but the back shot shows the perfect symmetry of nature.
It has self seeded in my garden and I hear that this plant can be invasive. The seedlings are relatively easy to remove so I am not yet worried. This is the first year I have grown
Tithonia and it is an annual which I will replant. Clear orange, interesting foliage and the center is glorious as seen in these photos. The last picture is rather obvious
as nothing in the garden has quite the shape of the shelf mushroom. I never tire of their convoluted folds and interesting markings which make each a unique work of nature.
Whole worlds exist within our own which are not visible or immediately apparent. Taking a moment to stop and take a look can give one an appreciation and respect for the unseen nature coexisting with us in the world.
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There are pictures within pictures that many of us would never see without the aid of the computer and digital picture enhancement abilities. It allows us a peak into another world. This is the world that Georgia O'Keefe must surely have inhabited. The plant world is full of color and sensuous curves that often go unnoticed and overlooked. Would you have noticed, in this picture, the button blue buds of the Eupatorium coelestinum aka hardy ageratum or, the streaks of color on the dahlia petals if the shot had not been magnified? Here is the larger shot of this picture. Looking through a microscope holds great appeal for many which is understandable given the minute worlds which are invisible to the naked eye but show clearly through the lens of the microscope and it is a similar surprise when looking through a macro lens. The simple closeup of a picture can take on the characteristics of the familiar. See if you can figure out what the larger picture would show given this view of the item in question.
I've named this one 'rounded rump' or 'Casper's posterior'.
Other times the image is a bit scary causing one to flinch like this shot. The watercolor beauty of nature is readily apparent in a closeup. A closeup shows color that is transient, changing each day, given the age of the flower and the lighting of the moment. Each different exposure is a unique palette. A closeup shows the brush strokes of nature
which can rarely be improved upon even though they are mimicked by the human hand. The textural intricacies
also become apparent in photographs.
Dew drops are magnified and look as though they could quench the thirst of many a passing insect and the flesh like texture of this shelf mushroom is tantalizing. I think it is a lesson in perception. How you interpret things whether it is a plant, a picture, a word, or a gesture, is really all about the limited, immediate facts you can process. No two people see things exactly the same or respond the same way. I will post the larger images of these pictures on the next post. All will be revealed. Feel free to take a guess at what the larger image might show. You might be surprised.
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The garden in June is a magical place. It is made more magical with digital technology and the ability to blow up pictures to the point where pollen is visible and stigmas, stamens, anthers and filaments are visually intriguing and quite beautiful. The secondary colors of the small parts of the flower take center stage and appear more vibrant than in the original photograph. Nature's perfection is revealed in cinematic detail. This acquilegia aka columbine was planted last year. This cultivar holds its' head up high in comparison the the wild columbines which bow their heads and nod at the ground. Both are beautiful in their own right don't you think? Here is the longer shot of this columbine. The petals are hand painted works of art.
The 'Pat Austin' rose which I planted a couple of weeks ago is blooming. The stems seem a bit weak for the heavy flower heads but I am hoping that when the roots take hold and penetrate the soil the stems will thicken and strengthen enough to hold the flowers up high. This apricot flower blends well with the Spirea 'Magic Carpet' which is out of sight but in the same garden bed. I planted this rose behind the stone bench at the fish pond in the hope that it would provide fragrance while one is watching the fish swim. Time will tell.
I planted three of these iris and one of them, named 'Starship Enterprise', is blooming. I don't see any sign of the others but this one is giving a satisfying show and has several buds lying in wait. I hope that it likes this spot and multiplies in the coming years. The Siberian iris are starting to bloom. All seem a bit late this year as it has been a chilly spring. I planted these long ago and am not a record keeper so the names are lost. I'm calling this one 'Sky Wings' and the next could very well be 'Caesar's Brother'. Electric blue is so soothing in the garden. The clump is very elegant with the buds soaring above these flowers. Nature's paintbrush has been busy on this hosta leaf. This one is 'Great Expectations' which is aptly named. I have been waiting more than five years for this hosta to achieve some size and it is finally approaching 'greatness'. I think this is a watercolor. Is there anything more perfect than the colors nature blends?
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