Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today's Flowers: Some recent blooms in my garden

I thought I'd start with my ice plant flowers since they recently have started to bloom for me this year.
I am always eager to see if the ice plant comes back and for the last ten years or so they have.
Both of my hydrangea bushes are beginning to show some signs of colors on the flower clusters.
I enjoy the cycle of blooms on my hydrangeas. They begin by turning blue although they are in the early stages now.
By late summer they usually begin to change over to almost a wine color but that will be three or more months away.
The blackberry vines are beginning to have flowers which are making this moth (maybe it's a butterfly but I think it's a moth) happy.
I looked up how to tell the difference in a moth and butterfly and the antennae is one clue. The critter above looks like it has a moth antennae but the way she's holding her wings while feeding was the clue towards it being a butterfly. Maybe it's having an identity crisis.
I am continuing to have a lot of different roses in bloom and I hope they get some rain soon as I'm trying not to do any watering.
I do use the old bird bath water when I change it out to give a few plants a drink.
I'm glad that Queen Anne's lace has some a nice name because I realize it's considered a weed. To me though a weed is a delightful volunteer unless it crowds out something else I want more.
I guess I'll end with one of my favorites, a gerbera daisy which is another of my flowers that comes back year after year.
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Juliana said...

Lovely...First pic is my fav, love the color :D

My entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

DeniseinVA said...

This is a very beautiful series of flowers Carver. Thank you so much for sharing them again with Today's Flowers. We very much appreciate you giving us your continued support. Have a great week :) said...

all are very it all of them..but i prefer the first...have a nice day, dear

Ebie said...

I always have a hard time capturing bright colored flowers. But you captured this pink ice plant well!
Your garden is pretty!

Al said...

Lovely series of flowers Carver! My favorite are the hydrageneas...we call them Mil Flores in our side of the world.

Ana said...

What a lovely garden you must have! The second rose is amazing, such beautiful colours. By the way I totally agree with your definition of a weed :)

Xavi said...

like your flowers, especially the Aizoaceae, the first one.

lina@women's perspectives said...

So many beautiful flowers...what a wonderful garden you have, Carver :)

Lui said...

Your garden is blooming too! And like us, we're also waiting for rain. Thanks for visiting, Carver!

eden said...

These are all beautiful and my favourites are those hydrangeas and roses.

mommanator said...

so pretty. what a great garden

EG CameraGirl said...

Your gardens sure do look great, Carver! I like Queen Anne's ;ace too, but I prefer to see them in the wild. That's one wildflower that would happily take over my gardens!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful series of flowers. I love the first two and the Gerbera haas always been a favorite of mine!

SandyCarlson said...

Seeing what is in bloom there extends the warm season for me. Thank you, my friend.

Stephany said...

I love the ice plant flowers and I can't wait until the hydrangea's are in full color. I think the winged critter is a Silver-spotted Skipper. The only place I can find them around here is at the city park in Lenoir (NC). My only rose has finally wilted but yours are as gorgeous as ever.

Voyager said...

Superb flowers! And I agree with you about Queen Anne's Lace. Who says it's a weed.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweet Carver
wow you know a lot about flowers!I'm impressed!
Wonderful set of pictures, my favourite is the yellow rose, adorable!
Have a great week

gengen said...

They are very pretty. happy TF!

Dee said...

Carver, Wow - I have never heard of the ice plant! That's a cool flower! Thank you for showing it!

Barbara said...

Great series of captures.. Beautiful..

Ramakrishnan said...

WOW ! The pics are so colorful and refreshing. Pure joy & delight. Thanks for sharing.