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

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.”

 

 

Mixed Bouquet

 

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Marigold Detail
marigold bigs
the humble marigold shines

 

orange marig
Imagine these beauties if they were the size of peonies.  
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a fine landing spot, Mr. Bug 
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Where is the Gardener when we need him? 
shasta daisies
Shasta Daisies, a favorite. 
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Queen Anne’s Lace in the garden. 
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Queen Anne’s Lace with Lily 
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Making an entrance. 

 

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Balloon Flower Buds
balloon flower blossom
Ta Da! 
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Echinacea 
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Earlier development of Marigold plants

[All photos in this post ©Sometimes, 2017.]