Posts Tagged ‘flower’

Me and My Shadow

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Here’s an Indian pink flower (spigelia marilandica) with a shadow of itself.

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The position of the sun determines the angle and the size of the flower’s shadow.

The combination of the flower stalks and the dark shadows mirroring it makes an interesting composition.

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Saffron Crocus

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I planted saffron crocus bulbs in my butterfly garden years ago. The patch grew thicker and thicker. The number of flowers varied every year.

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The long red stigmas are the saffron part of the flower. I used tweezers to harvest them.

My daughter-in-law really likes to cook so I gave her bulbs one year for Christmas.

I now have three in bloom and several that aren’t.

Colors Matching?

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Crab spiders are known to change color to match the color of the flower they’re on. Obviously, this one hasn’t been on the nicotiana flower long enough to change. It’s a male; females are larger.

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I made a loop around the backyard after a heavy rain early this morning. This crab spider looked comfortable back in a fold of the spider lily flower. It’s a male too, and apparently a different species because of the differences in color and size. Maybe those dark legs could mimic a dried piece of the plant.

Ant Tower

Strange things often get/grab my attention.

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I was just walking around the yard with Buffy one morning and stopped to look over the prairie dock situation. Apparently it spreads by underground runners. Two now grow in my sedum patch. Being a prairie plant usually means having a deep root system.

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Anyway, while looking the situation over, I spotted ant activity at the top where I cut off last year’s flower stalk.

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The remnants of the dried flower stalk stood 20 inches tall. It was over 15 feet when I cut it in the fall.

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Tiny black ants came out the holes in the top, walked about and went back down in. None went down the outside of the stalk. Their size made it difficult to see exactly what they were doing.

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I found out the next morning.  Notice all the tiny white specks on the leaf stalks — that was what the ants brought up and dropped the tiny pieces over the side as they excavated their     “ant tower.”

A Heart

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The heart of a flower…

Maple Watching

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The red maples didn’t look like they were blooming from a distance.

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Each tree had only had small portions beginning to flower.

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Flower on left, winged seedpods on right and leaf bud in the middle.

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The young seedpods measured a half-inch or so.

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Only one limb on one tree had leaves emerging.

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It should be a good week for “spring watching” with the daily temperatures to be in the 70’s.

Saying Farewell

I’m saying farewell to my garlic chives (Allium tuberosum). It only grows now in the back of my moon garden.

Years ago it grew beside the common chives in the herb garden I used to have. It grew in the corner of the buttterfly garden just across from the moon garden. I could sit between the 2 gardens and see the whites “glow” in the moonlight.

I liked them because they were white, bloomed later in the season, and attracted butterflies and other insects. Gray hairstreak butterflies visited often. Our insect numbers have been low this summer, and I assume it’s because of the drought.

The reason I’m saying farewell is that the garlic chives spread and are difficult to dig out. I always forget to cut off the seed heads before they drop their seeds. The above picture shows the different stages of flower/seed development in one flower head.

Besides, I’d rather be out enjoying nature, than spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking.