Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Flowers: Buds to Blooms

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In spite of the dull, damp weather this month, my garden has been fresh and colourful. Iris and poppy flowers are so fragile and last only a day or two in hot weather but I have enjoyed them for many days now. The flower buds of both these plants are as interesting and beautiful as the fully opened bloom, in my estimation.

Yesterday I went out on the deck early in the morning to enjoy the garden before work. It was chilly and damp enough to see fog curls rise from the ground. I have a couple of feeders hanging in the middle of the lilac bush now that it has finished flowering. What a treat it was to see the Red-breasted Nuthatches bring their newly fledged brood to the peanut feeder. They are very bold and do not leave when I stand close by. All five birds were yank-yanking noisily as the parent placed pieces of peanuts in their beaks. Then they went to the bird bath for a dip and a drink.

Budding flowers, baby birds, big blooms,
butterflies and bigger birds...
Beautiful June garden!

13 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures today.
    I can't decide on my favorite.
    Love orange, love purple!

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  2. Beautiful flower collages.Yes,the buds and partilly opened flowers are as lovely as a fully opened bloom.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  3. I like the buds to blooms. They are pretty at all stages.

    www.wildlifearoundus.blogspot.com

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  4. Lovely colors and bright. This cooler weather sure is a blessing allowing you to enjoy those fragile poppys longer. What a treat to have the nuthatch family visit you. Seems like they were enjoying the menu options.

    Lovely weather expected this weekend, enjoy!

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  5. You have a marvelous garden. Love the flower series from bud to bloom.

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  6. As usual...spectacular pictures!

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  7. I love those sequence of shots Ruth. Seeing those buds become blooms makes me smile. :c)

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  8. Beautiful. I do so love poppies.

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  9. Beautiful colours!
    Thanks for your nice comment. I missed bloging lately and i missed reading your blog. My body, soul and spirit weren't very well but now i'm better and i'm back to my friends.

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  10. Great colors in your garden. The birds probably enjoy all those lovely flowers, too.

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  11. Just one word, WOW . when you captured the opening of the poppy flower. How long did it take?

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  12. I love poppies......at any stage they have something to offer. I even love the huge seedheads and leave them in my borders.....

    Beautiful photographs......so colourful.....

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  13. Thanks for your comments. Ann, I took all the pictures at the same time as I had several blooms at various stages of opening. The rate they open up depends a lot on the weather.

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