Sunday, June 10, 2012

Up Close and Personal

Getting up close and personal with flowers can reveal a scent not noticed from afar, little hairs for pollen duties,  patterns of colours or just appreciation of the flower without the foliage.
Itoh peony 'Bartzella' has a much lighter scent than garden peonies which is picked up when bending over to admire the large flower.
Foxglove 'Candy Mountain' has little hairs at the entrance to the tubular shaped flower.  Perhaps the dots are a path for bees and other pollinators to follow down into the centre?
Rose of Sharon 'Lavender Chiffon' has a pretty pattern inside each blossom.
Knautia macedonia is part of the pincushion family and blooms from June until frost.
 Look at all the tiny lavender hairs on the spiderwort!
We mustn't forget how pretty some of the seed heads are too.  This spiky spider-looking seed head is from pasque flower.  They're so unique I cut some for a petite vase in the kitchen and they've lasted in water so far, for a week.
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52 comments:

  1. Hi Judith, Congrats on winning Celia's garden box! I know you'll put it to good use! The knautia is pretty and reminds me of scabiosa. Bartzella is fabulous! Loving' your foxglove, too. Do you deadhead, hoping for a second flush of blooms...or do you leave the spent flower stalk in order for self-seeding to occur? There's nothing like the smell of roses and peonies as you walk through the garden. Hope your wknd has been a good one!
    Beth

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  2. The foxglove is my favourite close up photo. I really must try and grow some in the garden.

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  3. Foxglove grows wild here, everywhere, and I never tire of it.
    Your close ups are lovely - you have such a variety in your garden.

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  4. Hi Judith: The closeups of the flowers are beautiful. When you take the time to really look at something, how special it turns out to be. Happy Sunday..Judy

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  5. Beautiful shots Judith. I can see why bees and butterflies would be attracted to the center of flower blooms. Pamela

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  6. Your close-ups are fabulous, Judith! Flowers always amaze me with their beauty and scent. Congratulations on winning Celia's garden box! And thank you for your congrats on my magazine feature. I appreciate it and you! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. Hi Judith, rose of sharon 'lavender chiffon' is my favourite. What a special place your garden must be.
    Visiting from MM
    http://yvettesblogs.com/2012/06/10/coming-up-old-country-roses/
    Have a special day!

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  8. Very pretty, like the different blooms you have going on.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  9. WOW those photos are amazing!

    What gorgeous flowers!!!!

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  10. Holy smokes, Judith, how is it I wasn't a member of your blog?

    LOL guess it's b/c we follow many of the same and I read your posts there. Sheesh.

    You know, I think it happens often and what a shocker when one realizes. So sorry! I am NOW!!

    Hugs.

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  11. Congrats to you for winning the garden box. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love all the beautiful colors in your mosaic. Just lovely. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  12. It's so nice to take the time and look at the details of these flowers! They are so exotic up close!

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  13. A few new blooms to me...they are just stunning! Congratulations on your win.

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  14. Gorgeous photos and mosaic, Judith.

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  15. Congratulations on the Garden Box win! You will put everything to good use! I love your blooms -- all so colorful. The Foxglove is well named!

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  16. Thank you for showing these exquisite works of art!!!! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  17. Judith this is a beautiful post with gorgeous flowers close up. For me it is a reminder to pay attention to the small details. What wonders they behold!

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  18. This is what I like spring we see beauty all around us. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim,USA

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  19. A beautiful collection of posies...spiderwort...can't wait for mine to bloom and it'll be awhile yet. I rather like your idea about a pathway to the center of the flower for the bees.

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  20. Hi Judith, I love getting up close and personal with my flower blooms. Today while I was snapping pics of my salmon poppy a giant bumble was not too happy that I was getting so close. I have Pasque flower and love it but have never brought the spent bloom indoors. What a great idea.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  21. Each one is lovely on its own but your mosaic is a beautiful bouquet!

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  22. Isn't Mother Nature beautiful with her wonderful designs and textures. We are fascinated with the center of flowers because they are so balanced and symmetrical and perfect, which you have captured perfectly.

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  23. All the close up photos of your flowers really make the details stand out. Gorgeous.

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  24. STunning! I love your closeups. That foxglove is just breathtaking. You are having too much fun in the garden!

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  25. You have some beautiful flowers here, the first is my favourite.

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  26. Lovely close-ups. I like the foxglove very much. A cottageflower! But the peony-photo is my favourite.

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  27. lovely! - I love getting in very close into the flower with my camera - and these are lovely examples. Your beautiful blooms have brightened up my wet, wild windy winter day - we have had no power all day, and it has only just come back on.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  28. Hi Judith, I always look forward to your flower posts. Not only are they beautiful but you give such interesting informative information. Your photographs are stunning!
    Have a wonderful week.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  29. Beautiful post Judith. lovely close ups and I love your mosaic with the pretty lavender border. Have a great week.
    ~Clara

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  30. Wow, Judith, these look wonderful. Great job. Enjoy your week:)

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  31. Wonderful photos of the Creators handiwork! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great week.

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  32. I never get tired of beautiful floral photos. They will always be my favorite. I'm loving the way you put together the mosaic in lavender!

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  33. The month of June is so beautiful with all the flowers that bloom. I love peonies and foxgloves. You've taken great pictures. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

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  34. Beautiful flowers and you did a great job photographing them. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Hello, Judith

    I do like to be able to see into the centre of a flower as you've made possible with your photos. The colour of the foxgloves is wonderfully vibrant!

    -Karen

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  36. Such beautiful flower photos and I like your blogdesign very much too!

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  37. Beautiful flowers! Your macro shots are wonderful.

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  38. Lovely Lavender Cottage thank you dear Judith for such a beautiful post.
    QMM

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  39. So many beautiful flowers! Your blog is an inspiration.

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  40. Those foxgloves are amazing creatures. Love your detailed look at some of God's wonderful creations.

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  41. It's amazing the details missed by the human eye....beautiful personal photos here.

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  42. I agree with Darla (above comment) -- a photograph picks up all the details! So beautiful!

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  43. Gorgeous photos! My favorites are the peony and the foxglove.

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  44. Beautiful pictures--I especially like the Knautia and the peony!

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  45. Wow, what beautiful close-ups of these spring beauties...delightful~

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  46. Oh, wow, Judith! Your close ups are terrific! They really show what works of art the individual flowers are. I love that you can almost dive right inside them. :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week. Mostly gloomy here but they promise sun tomorrow.

    – g

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  47. Wonderful close-ups! Such detail! Really beautiful!

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  48. When you're talking Bartzella, you're talking my kind of peony... absolutely my favorite intersectional! I have four and counting... can you imagine them in a mass planting? Take care, Larry

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  49. Your closeups are spectacular. It is amazing to see all the detailed work of Mother Nature. And it is easy to see why all the bees and birds love their visits to all the flowers. Truly,each flower is a work of art.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  50. You bring out the fine details of each flower. Details that are so easy to miss. Curiously, however, that a photo can sometimes show more than reality. Very beautiful pictures. I wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

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