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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Today's Flowers: Lantana

My lantana is starting to bloom. I like the lantana for its orange scent and flowers. Hummingbirds and butterflies also like lantana.
I like the different stages of the blooms on lantana. I'm using a close macro shot on the one below which is only a little further along than the tiny early blooms in between the two larger ones above.I think it's interesting how those little pillow shapes open to form the blooms.
Once they are completely open they are like puff balls for want of a better description.If you want to smell like oranges, you can break off a lantana leaf and rub it in your hands. I like the scent of oranges so I do that sometimes.For other flower shots, please visit the home of Today's Flowers.

23 comments:

Carletta said...

Gorgeous Carver!
I have to say the leaves look so green and without blemishes. You really have a green thumb. :)

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

i beati said...

purple is taking over my garden

Arija said...

So very beautifully photographed , all the stages of the flower's development. Just lovely.

Ebie said...

Hi Carver, your lantanas are blooming well. I went back to the butterfly pavilion at the Museum yesterday, just because I love them butterflies and I have a hard time capturing them in open fields. I have always asked myself, why lantanas of all flowers. Now I know.

VALKYRIEN said...

Beautiful shots of this sweet flower! It looks almost like a Hoya before it blooms!
Have a nice Sunday!

SquirrelQueen said...

Carver, those are beautiful lantanas. Great photos.
I didn't know about the orange scent of the leaves. I will have to try it when I go to my garden.
Have a wonderful day,
SQ

Denise said...

Hi Carver, your Lantana are just beautiful. In the second shot those tiny petals remind me of butterfly wings. Gorgeous colors and I agree with Carletta, you must have a green thumb! Thank you for sharing these delightful photographs.

Snap said...

Wonderful photos full of information. The butterflies miss our lantana.

Leora said...

Thank you for telling me the name of that flower! I see it and I think it is so pretty.

Dee said...

I don't even think I've heard of lantanas before! I love those!

My hydrangea is really starting to bloom now . .. it's a pretty blue, almost purple.

I love blooming flowers!

napaboaniya said...

I love lantanas, there used to be plentiful around the estate I live in. But they removed them, makes me want to pull my hair out!!

prinsesamusang said...

goodness the pillows are so cute i've never seen them before!

Ascender Rises Above said...

That is cool how they do that. They kind of look like candy; sweet.

Rambling Woods said...

Now I know what the flowers are that are in one of my container baskets... Thank you!

Daryl said...

Amazing. The macros make the colors POP and they look like candy or plastic .. so amazing ..

jmb said...

Gorgeous photos Carver. They make me even like lantana, briefly which I don't actually.

It was like a weed in Australia and you always had to be rooting it out.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lantanas are beautiful!

Regina said...

Nice shots of lantanas.

Dora said...

Ha ha. The "pillow" ones look cute indeed!

SandyCarlson said...

I would like to smell those! And see them. They are beautiful, Carver.

Greyscale Territory said...

It's a little strange to me to see this lantana colour! Most lantana I see on the Mornington Peninsula is deep purple! Wonderful shots and explanations!

EastCoastLife said...

Lantanas are very colourful when they bloom. I like the yellow ones. :)

Ayie said...

we have a lot here my the complex, i never have observed it so well...the pillow shapes are great. i better take a look later on