Category Archives: silver

now in red

can i have that one in red ?  some days the answer is yes.  a different flower or a different day and the answer could be a firm maybe or a definite no.  not every plant wants to cooperate.  this is the red sibling to last night’s flower up the row.  that might even be the plant at the end of the row.  like it was said last night – some plants are put to work and there are lots of seedlings around the garden from those plants.  two images…

12-000 seedling smoke scream x black plush) x fol de rol red grdn 12-000 seedling smoke scream x black plush) x fol de rol red macro




gardening can be a what if experience.  what if these two flowers are brought together ?  i wonder if that question is part of the dance those bees do before they leave the hive or fly to the next flower ?   three images.  the parents Black Plush crossed with Bark at Me.  and the results a flower know as Dark Counterpoint.

black plush x bark at me sbs

dark counterpoint det dark counterpoint macro



some daylilies have one set of petal one color and another set of petals another color.  usually it is obvious like one set white and the other pink or purple.  this one is not so obvious still it does the same thing.  one set of petals is a blue grey, the other a pink grey.  not a color combination one expects in the garden.  still it happens.  two images…

12-008 bi color grey det12-008 bi color grey macro





the garden inspectors came one day.  they said there appeared to be a blooming problem.  too many blooms.  and now for something completely similar.  another one of those too many blooms.  Ohio Eye Oh.  three images…

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ohio eye oh det ohio eye oh macro



one more flower

a new year.  one more day.  the first one of many.  and there should be a flower, at least one for each day.  so shall we start with one more flower ?  three images  Grey Witch

grey witch clump IMG_1749

grey witch macro grey witch det



a bit of an eye

a bit of an edge.  just a wink.  there is a narrow eye band, very faint and very pale.  a hint of a silvery grey zone and a barely darker outer edge.  there, still not quite there.   and a pale edge.  enough to move this seedling into the next bed.  enough to move me.  two imagesstb x cs x sdlg IMG_4509 stb x cs x sdlg IMG_4509 macro


jellybean jar

lots of flowers

Jellybean jar yard shot IMG_3739




variations on a theme

this is another flower that is still blooming.  it might actually be a late blooming flower, though it is not listed as such and i certainly don’t think of it as one.  that being said i am not about to go out into the garden and argue with a flower.  it is blooming now.  so now, this year, is the time for it to be enjoyed.  it is a purple flower.  a purple flower with what usually shows as a greyish cast over the petals.  being a purple temperature and weather can affect the shade of purple from one day to another.  so without too much fuss here are two different days.  the first is what i think of as a ‘normal’ grey cast view.  the second is a redder purple day with the original picture and a picasa software auto corrected image.  the second image does show the grey on the petals.  the other thing to keep in mind is most cameras are designed to take pretty pictures of faces.  human faces not flower faces.  they are designed to favor flesh tones.  one of these years i will train myself to adjust colors – particularly purples to have the image more closely resemble the subject.  i can work on purple petunias until the frosts hit.  one of these years that is.  so here are the pictures.  and despite the previous discussion i am enjoying the flower and not fretting or sweating the small stuff or the purple stuff.  so please do – enjoy !

unique purple unaltered representative day


unique purple sbs adjusted

a flower by Sandy

i would like to thank Sandy and Mike Holmes for a very lovely visit to their gardens the other day.  this is one of Sandy’s flowers.  i believe this one goes into the category of surprise.  Sandy is a very knowledgeable hybridizer.  her goal is usually to create tetraploid spidery and unusual form flowers.  to put it in simpler words skinny twisty beauties.  strange patterns and eye zones do not usually go hand in hand with that goal.  at least it was not showing in the genetics of that cross.  If you want to see more of her work please click on this link.  for the moment please enjoy this flower.  i certainly do.  two images.  enyoy !

river bend unidentified seedling tet sandy h macro river bend unidentified seedling tet sandy h

a spiral in the hand

is worth …..   a good look !    i am fairly sure this is a rex begonia.  it sure looks that way to me.  it is also spiraling.  the leaf does not so much end as fade into a smaller still growing spiral segment.  which if you are familiar with rex begonias each little piece of a leaf and vein is capable of becoming a new plant.  now let’s get back to that spiral and the leaf pattern. ain’t it just amazing ? ! ? !  oh and these are still from the garden we visited !  and if anyone asks just pretend this was not a math lesson.  three images.

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