One of the best parts of enjoying the first year in a new home is the surprise in the spring season of seeing what blooms. So far we’re up to irises and now these beautiful magenta tulips. Little green sprouts are poking up out of the ground every day in corners and spots. Who knows what’s next?
After pulling away an inch of leaves on top of this fellow, and clearing it some space to grow, one can only be impressed by the effort to find a way through and still succeed amidst the competition.
I happened upon this bloom while strolling a local botanical garden. It was only just beginning to open its petals but there was just something about that color that caught my attention. Not peach, not pink, not orange, but something so striking and soft that I studied it for a time. Should I ever identify this particular rose, I’m planting a few bushes of it! Gorgeous.
Because even if the entire rose bush is mostly bloomed out, there’s always a beautiful recent bloom somewhere amongst all the petals, you just have to look carefully to find it.
I was experimenting in a local rose garden on taking shots somewhat off-center and purposefully changing up the field of focus and the framing of shots. A few bushes I passed were a type of double-blooming varieties and nearly looked like peonies, they were so full. Even though it was a practice shot, I still do like the vibrant color and the off-center organization of this one.
I’m mostly certain this is kalanchoe here. I would generally walk right past this as just a standard plant, common to any greenhouse or nursery. But it’s always interesting to take a new look at things occasionally, or in this case, zoom in to see things differently.
Finches love zinnias and other flowers they can easily pluck seeds and tasty bits from such as cone flowers, sun flowers and so on. A few summers ago, I tossed a handful of zinnia seeds into some pots on my back deck and enjoyed repeat blooms for weeks.
And so did the finches. It was a finch feast.
This fellow figured out the easiest way to balance his weight on the stems and be best-positioned to still be able to snack on the flower head. Smart little things!