How Sweet is a Rose?

I took this photo of one of my roses about a week ago. Actually I was thrilled because I found it before the Japanese Beetles had it for breakfast. And the professionals say that early morning shooting is best because of the good light – little do they know.

This week I went out to get an image of a moon flower seed pod and as I started back to the house, I noticed the dew covering this very same rose bush.

The roses and leaves look like they are freshly sugared and ready to be put on a wedding cake.

How sweet!

© Patricia Bailey, 2012

Garden Flowers of Summer

I have been busy taking pictures of the flowers in my garden and am eager to post some of them. Right now Blackeyed Susans continue to steal the show from the Moon Flowers, at least during the day. I am having a lot of fun experimenting with different angles and lighting, along with using features of the camera that I’m familiar with.

What sweethearts. They are so easy to grow and the Japanese Beetles and deer don’t bother them.

Another night flower that I didn’t show with the moon flowers is the Evening Primrose. They have a spreading habit that forms a ground cover but they aren’t invasive. What I like most about them is their clear lemon yellow color.

My New Dawn rose spent itself with its first flush of blooms and the past few weeks it has been salad for the the bugs. Now it is producing a few blooms again. I photographed these in the early light this morning.

This was a pretty yellow blog, so here is a little intense color on an annual – can’t think of the name. And I’m too tired to look it up.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share some of my garden with you. I hope it brought you some cheer.

Copyright © Patricia A. Bailey and I Miss Me, Too/imissmetoo.me 2012-2013.

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Night Flowers

Moon Flower by Moonlight

There seems something magical about flowers that come out in the late evening – night flowers. And the most fascinating for me are moon flowers. I received my first seed pod from a neighbor and threw it, according to her directions, on the ground in a window well. When the seed pod ripens, it turns brown and splits open, spilling black seeds on the ground. They are as prickly as they look.

Green seed pod.

They came up and they grew and they grew and they grew. By late summer I had to take pruners to them because they were blocking our back door. In the fall we would cut back the thick stalk and drag the plant across the road to our compost heap in the woods – and this went on for several years.

Moon :Flower by Morning Light

Friends saw them and wanted some. I gave them seeds and I dug up volunteers but most of the time they didn’t like their new environment. In the mean time I was bringing up compost from across the road to amend my clay soil and I had moon flowers coming up like weeds in all my beds.

Fast forward 30 years and we have built a new house and I really wanted to grow moon flowers. I had saved seed pods from the previous year and they took. I had moon flowers. I also had the horribly heavy clay soil again so I went to get some compost to start amending – and I got more moon flowers. Those little buggers had lived in the compost for years waiting for a little sun.

I’m not sure how these got started but I don’t think I intentionally planted them because this is too small a place for them. On the other side of the bed it our garage door and one is working its way inside.

It seems like the hotter and drier it gets, the more it thrives. This is mid afternoon and there are no blooms, just wilted ones hanging – but there are lots of buds waiting for another evening. I haven’t seen any problems with mildew or black spot or bugs of any kind. The only thing that is a threat is the great big cabbage worm that will do major damage before I see it.

It is easy to romanticize moon flowers because they are so big, and such a pure white and even remind me of Easter lilies except more beautiful – they point their trumpets towards the heavens.

With all my pontification on the wonders of moon flowers, I have left the best for last. Just after the sun sets, just before dark, the buds start to unfurl. They do it so quickly I find myself watching and holding my breath – but it actually takes longer than I can go without breathing. It takes about a half an hour – you can see them quiver as they strain to open. It is my goal to make a time-lapse of this opening but first I have to learn how to do it on my new camera :).

They will still be blooming when I return from Canada and I promise to post this miraculous event for you.

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Purple Heuchera (Coral Bells)

Check this purple out! Wow. I already posted one purple, but couldn’t resist posting again after seeing the rich texture and color of this coral bell.

Heuchera “Crimson Curls”

Here is the flower. When casually observing them, the flowers get lost. It is with the camera that they become significant. I had to focus manually because the auto focus couldn’t grab them they are so fine.

Heuchera “Crimson Curls”

Glorious Morning Glory

Morning Glories, I love them. But I find them very hard to grow in Michigan. They aren’t reliable. I can’t depend on them. Obviously this isn’t true of other places, as you will see by following the links below. One year they took over the porch, even latching onto my porch swing. They were so thick they were like a wall closing us in. But no flowers. This year there isn’t much green, probably because it has been so dry, but they are blooming. Well, one plant is blooming, the other four aren’t, at least not yet. One year I got my first bloom the day before our first frost and Morning Glories don’t like frost any more than I do.

I love the texture of the flower, like very expensive silk. And the color is so pure. Michigan doesn’t have many days of clear blue sky, so maybe seeing my morning glory fills that need.

I have been trying for years to capture the beauty of Morning Glories in images but have always been disappointed. This week I upgraded my camera and am one happy woman. Of course I will continue to photograph them because in the case of this flower I doubt that the image can ever be as glorious as the real thing.

I just looked out my window and today’s blossoms (both of them 🙂 ) have wilted. I’m so glad I have my images to hold me until tomorrow morning with the hope of some more blossoms. Enjoy!