Flowers on Friday

This inky purple-black bearded iris was seen in the George V Memorial Walk on 25 February 2019. Rather wind-blown, but such a luscious colour. Purple Rain

Macro Monday #100

(click to enlarge to full size) This exotic looking Canna lily screams for attention with its rumpled vivid yellow and orange flowers amongst the spectacular green foliage with yellow-striped veins. A late summer / autumn flowering plant the Canna lily is a tender perennial which won’t survive the frosts, so dig up the bulb and…

Macro Monday #99

(click to enlarge to full size) Clerodendrum splendens (glory tree, flaming glorybower) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum of the family Lamiaceae, native to tropical Western Africa. It is a twining evergreen climber, growing to 3 metres (9.8 ft) or more, with panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers in summer. With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), it…

Macro Monday #98

(click to enlarge to full size) Hemerocallis (daylilies) produce elegant, usually trumpet-like blooms in summer. They are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care and come in all sorts of lovely colours.

Macro Monday #97

Indecision This bee couldn’t decide which flower to go for so ended up straddling two pretty blue Salvia plants.

Macro Monday #96

(click to enlarge to full size) Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis) is a wonderful flower for the late summer and will grow in sun or shade so a good addition to the woodland border. The leaves are semi-evergreen and deeply cut and bring interesting texture to a herbaceous border. I just love the contrasting coronet of intense yellow…

Small is Beautiful…

(click to enlarge to full size – if you dare) The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver. It is a dangerous time in the garden, whilst cutting down or pulling out dead and finished flowers you run the gauntlet of coming face-to-face with one…

Macro Monday #95

(click to enlarge to full size) Rosa x oderata Mutabilis is an old tea rose with a light fragrance. She is repeat flowering and ideal for hedging and loved by bees. The pointed flame-coloured buds, open to butterfly-like, coppery-yellow, single flowers on airy growth; changing to pink and finally coppery-crimson. Requires a warm, protected position.

Macro Monday #94

Azure Damselflies (Coenagrion puella) ready to mate. Not as sharp as I wanted, but I do like the diaphanous wings.

Macro Monday #93

a bee with attitude With three yellow stripes and very hairy legs and face, I suspect this is a male bee. A very large one I can add, which landed slap in front of me as I was perusing the plants in the plant section at Trelissick Garden.  He neglected to tell me his name. But…