Promise of Spring

 

My entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day: Tulips.  ©Sometimes, 2017

Just what the Doc ordered for a December day!    These tiny Parrot Tulips are among the first flowers to make themselves known in my Littles Garden patch.     These are from April of 2017.

now…and again, in verse

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Fall encroaches on Summer
not an ending
… a new season dawns.

© Sometimes, 2017

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Fall gently nudges
as Summer takes a bow
opening a new show in town.

© Sometimes, 2017

VERY GOOD DANDELION CLOSE

the culmination of flowers
not faded…but making room
for the next generation

© Sometimes, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornflower or Chicory? beautiful blue blossom!

 

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Cornflower Blue: a Crayola crayon color, gorgeous delicate blossoms, big bad weed.  A flower by any other name is still beautiful.    Also known as Chicory, among other names.           ©Sometimes, 2017

 

apple blossom time—in August?

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This ornamental apple tree is glorious in the Spring, loaded with blossoms.   But as Fall approaches, for some reason, the leaves fade and die leaving the branches bare until after Winter.

These blossoms popped out after Monday’s eclipse of the Sun.   I have no idea why, but I heard NASA or some other agency has requested reports of strange things happening…this qualifies.     Also, my daughter’s blue Hydrangea turned purple (she lives next door.)  My Lantana turned from pink to purple earlier in this Summer.  (I realize that Hydrangeas do change color according to specific factors in the soil or whatever.)

wide apple front good
the same tree coming onto full bloom in Spring

 

late bloomers star for Autumn

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pretty pink petunia
DSC00211.JPG CLOSE WHITE PETUNIA
humble petunias shine
DSC00208.JPG YELLOW GOOD MILL BELL (1)
a single Million Bell
DSC00200.JPG ROSE OF SHARON BY GARAGE
volunteer Rose of Sharon
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Mr. Pepper
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prolific Hosta blooms
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Rose of Sharon

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DSC00163.JPG CLOUD CROC
Wild Goose Cloud OR Alligator Jaws?
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reaching for the clouds
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UFO in the clouds

Beware—more shots of my late great Spider web

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NOW WE SEE IT
DSC00148.JPG INVISIBLE WEB
NOW WE DON’T

 

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FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF WEB

“Late Great” because this web was in a very precarious position…as is normal for spiders, apparently…as this splendid construction was demolished quickly when I ran right into it and ended up wearing the web like a hair-net…or veil…I forgot it was there.   (Please see yesterday’s post for more web photos if you are so inclined.)

The deck is eight-feet wide.

By the way— my spider web photos are more about photography than spiders or webs.    I have tried repeatedly to capture various topics, and consider it a learning experience.

OH!    The spider is not really as big as she appears, she has a very large bug in her grip, we call it a stink-bug, triangular in shape.

 

Spider Days…. warning to those who don’t love spiders…

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a work of art worthy of Arachne herself… (©Sometimes, 2017)
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This spider is not happy with me because I ran pell-mell into her web this morning, unintentionally… and yesterday rescued a little flying thing from the web.    Have ya ever seen a spider stomp her little feet?

 

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A nursery web by a different spider.   The string of little beads are baby spider eggs.

 

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Fortunately the spider posing for these photos is not anywhere near as she appears, she is in fact holding onto a big “stink bug” as we call them.  

[Please Note:   all photos are copyright by © Sometimes, 2017.    In the event that someone wants to republish any of my photos they are welcome….but please be sure to give credit mention to Sometimes as a courtesy.]

Rescued Trees

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Here are two trees I trimmed to create a base for a trellis; will train the clematis (behind the plastic trellis) to move over.   The obligatory cats are Peggy and Dottie.
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Here’s the huge, homely evergreen tree that I had originally planned to remove entirely, but decided to trim it as shown.   (I admit that it did manage to mask the unattractiveness behind.)
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This new haircut for the nut tree was unplanned; originally the top was slated to be cut off. I like the “umbrella” effect. The purpose here was to control the excessive shade that was affecting my hibiscus.       The big maple in the middle of the photo is on the other side of the yard, had its beginning as a volunteer in a pot.  
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This is the maple tree, showing the branch that was not easily reachable with the ladder. I like it this way. This originally started as a volunteer, so persistent that I finally braided it, and now I’ll just see where it wants to go.
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A helicopter, I think maybe the Sheriff, looking around or coming into the airport.

The Naked Ladies in all their glory…

Here are some pics of this gorgeous lily from my daughter’s yard.  I had lots of them, given to me by a neighbor long ago, and there are still a few around from that bunch of bulbs.    Here is a link:  https://www.americanmeadows.com/flower-bulbs/other-spring-flower-bulbs/belladonna-lily to American Meadows’ site featuring these and other plants.   The site also offers fascinating information about the Lillies, and a photo of a spectacular large group planting.

About the Belladonna Lily and its names. This plant is an interesting one. First of all, it’s real name is Amaryllis belladonna, and it’s the only species in the amaryllis genus. This means the Belladonna is the ‘true’ Amaryllis. All those big indoor-blooming things at holiday time are called ‘Amaryllis’ as a common name, but their botanical name is Hippeastrum. (excerpt is from the American Meadows’ site.)

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Real name Belladonna Lily
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Naked Lady is a “true Amarallis.”