starbursts are joyful

starbursts are joyful

i interrupted this allium mid-explosion

purple allium

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the leaf, the stem, the flower

the leaf, the stem, the flower

 

the three elements of this image are in perfect conversation.

pink peony flower

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all of peony season in one week

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.

peony flower

  • Kimbersew says:

    I love how they crash when they’re done. Dumping all their petals all at once, as well.

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    • Oh my goodness!! I had never seen this heppen, and then I saw your comment, and this morning while I was making tea, my peony literally crashed. And within minutes all its petals were on the kitchen counter. What a delight to see! I was smiling ear to ear. Thank you for opening my eyes!

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    • Oh my goodness!! I had never seen this happen, and then I saw your comment, and this morning while I was making tea, my peony literally crashed. And within minutes all its petals were on the kitchen counter. What a delight to see! I was smiling ear to ear. Thank you for opening my eyes!

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clematis cormorantis

clematis cormorantis

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?

clematis buds

  • Susan L. says:

    In fact, I saw herons right off. But yes, they could be cormorants. Beautiful either way!

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fook-see-a

fook-see-a

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.

fuchsia flowers

  • Susan L. says:

    Well, son of a gun. Sixty-two years old and I’m just now learning the correct way to say that!

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