charmed, i’m sure

A surprise bloom from our new native plant garden (I thought we’d have to wait for next year). We have so many new and unfamiliar varieties in this garden – I just can’t wait to get to know them as they grow.

blog071915_allium & bud196/365: allium bloom & bud

memories

Every time I see one of these huge puff balls, it brings me back to my 70’s childhood. We used to have to stop the car so my mom and grandma could climb into the ditch to pick them. Back home, they were given the AquaNet treatment and put on display.

Funny which moments turn golden as time goes on.

 

blog071015_puff-ball187/365: puff ball at the prairie garden

now you see it/now you don’t

Despite its les than poetic name, spiderwort is a lovely native plant. In the morning, the flowers open into a three-petaled violet bloom. Later in the day, the flower closes up into at little pod, like the ones seen here at dusk. I like the way the purple in the stem hints at what’s inside.

blog070115_spiderwort179/365: spiderwort at dusk

rebranding for good

This gorgeous blossom is undergoing a rebranding effort in the name of monarch survival. Commonly referred to as Swamp Milkweed, the plant is one of the essential natives for monarch caterpillars. In an effort to encourage more gardeners to embrace this beneficial plant, the new moniker lends a more delicate, desirable image. This is no swamp plant: it’s Rose Milkweed (thank you very much).

blog062515_milkweed-closeup173/365: rose milkweed

diggin it

Two big plant sales left with me with full flats and an empty purse 🙂 Excited to be building a native plant garden this year! I can’t wait to shoot all these new-to-me flowers and meet all the insects these plants attract.

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155/365: self portrait with purse & plants

show stopper

I’m catching up after a few days at the lake over Memorial Day.

Last Friday I had the opportunity to hang out with some native orchids – part of a year long garden photography project I’m working on.

This particular bloom was meandering away from her own clump to congregate with a lush spray of ferns. I couldn’t blame her.

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140/365: yellow lady’s slipper with ferns