Diane's Flowers Up Close

June 15, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Luckily, since we've been around the house so much this spring, the flowers in our garden have decided to wow us with the best show they've put on in years.  Dave has spent many mornings, often after a night of rain, out in the garden with his camera. This forced "vacation" seems to have made him notice the garden more, mostly while having coffee on the front porch.  Recently we have had some very busy years, and he hasn't had a chance to pull out the camera at just the right time for the blooms.  All spring he has been photographing my flowers, beginning in late March with the magnolia (see blog from 4/3) and in April the grape hyacinth and tulips...

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Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens
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Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens
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 Red tulips shot with a Nikon D850, Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED VRII lens
 

...then in May capturing bearded iris (divided and transplanted from my mother's garden, but having enjoyed our garden for 20 years.)

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051620iris_997w051620iris_997w Both Iris shot with a Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens
 

This red honeysuckle vine, "Major Wheeler" crawls up over our pergola to help shade the pond.  It blooms fully in May then continues with flowers throughout the summer.

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051620honeysck046w051620honeysck046w Honeysuckle shot with Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens


And by mid-May these cousins of the onion, Allium, send up their dramatic round balls on top of sturdy stems.

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shot with Nikon D850, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED  051720allium_113w051720allium_113w 051720allium_100w051720allium_100w

 These 2 allium shot with a Nikon D850, Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED VRII lens
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Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens
 

These past couple of weeks, in late May and early June, the foxglove have been showing off.  They have spread from just a few plants in front of our porch railing, all the way down the sidewalk to our driveway.  Foxglove are self seeding and if you leave some of the flower heads on to go to seed each year, and refrain from pulling them up as weeds when the plants appear in new areas of your garden, you can get a gorgeous display of tall (varying from 2' to over 6') stems with heavy bells (or gloves for foxes?!) and draw beneficial insects like ladybugs and bumblebees.  Don't worry, the bees are completely focused on the flowers and have no interest in us! 053020fxglv_355w053020fxglv_355w
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All foxgloves shot with a Nikon D850, Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens

 

Here are a couple of photos from my iPhone, NOT Dave's photos but I just want to show you the overall look of foxglove in the garden.

This first photo up by the front porch... IMG_0488IMG_0488

...and this a cluster near the end of the sidewalk.

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last 2 photos shot from Diane's iPhone

 

 


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