starbursts are joyful
i interrupted this allium mid-explosion
the leaf, the stem, the flower
the three elements of this image are in perfect conversation.
pink peony flower
all of peony season in one week
peonies usually bloom over a three week season (depending on varieties) here in the twin cities. but we’ve been having a week of high-ninety degree weather, not typical this early in the summer, and all the plants are rightly confused. so this year, all varietals of peonies bloomed this week. weird. but kind of interesting, a little worrisome, and a big bummer for all the wedding florists, hoping to get three weeks or more of fresh blooms. in any case, it is a peony bonanza up here in the north. grab ’em while you can, they’ll only last a week.
a pretty little botanical still life of clematis buds. or an abstracted image of cormorants. don’t see it? squint a bit. see it now?
another delight from gammy’s garden. what to say about fuchsia? well, let’s see: the proper pronunciation is techincally pronounced “fook-see-a”, however, even botanists pronounce it as “fyu-sha”. so there’s that. oh, and also, look at that little pac-man flower in the lower right, the way those stamen are climbing to escape. it makes me smile–life in all it’s enthusiastic exuberance. summer.