Hosta Flower

Hosta Flower
Hosta Flower

Hostas are wonderful shade garden plants, grown for their luxuriant tropical foliage of many different textures and patterns. How often, though, is the flower of this plant overlooked? Like delicate bonnets or parasols in soft shades of purple, they are often visited by hummingbirds and bees in our garden. As I made the time to seek out every flower that I could find for the project I have discovered some surprising delights I have overlooked in the past. I hope these posts have done the same for you.

As a special Saturday bonus I am sharing here a multiple exposure of a Rhododendron I made a few years ago after a wonderful Blurs mentorship on Google+. The photo links to my ‘Flora’ gallery for more floral delights if you are in the mood and have time to check it out.

Essence of rhododendron
Essence of rhododendron

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Starry Night Asters

Starry night asters
Starry night asters

At the edge of the wood sheltered in the dark and in the blue light of the evening, I suddenly came across this spray of starry asters. I loved how they shone in tiny pockets to themselves, like a starlit night. Today’s a Flower a Day posting is about an impression of asters, not a portrait of a single one. Each one added to the impression I felt and that impression was uplifting, shining as each flower was, in the protective cover of the leaves.

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Goldenrod and Visitors

Golden-leaved goldenrod
Grass-leaved goldenrod

For a bonus today in our flower a day share there is a little wildlife included. These common grass-leaved goldenrod flowers fill the banks and roadsides with bright yellow. I don’t know what the flies find attractive about them but I guess every plant and flower is important to the ecosystem. Not an exotic flower, but a golden beauty in its own right. Celebrate the ordinary today, as the apparently ‘ordinary’ has a beauty all its own.

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Tree Mallow

Tree Mallow
Tree mallow

This tree mallow caught my attention a couple of days ago. It is one of the last flowers left at this time of year in a garden not far from a few ragged asters at the side of the road. The beauty of the flowers was in stark contrast to everything else around it that had succumbed to the frost. Although I was convinced that I would find no flowers left to photograph, I had brought my camera with me and got this for today’s ‘A Flower a Day’ share.

I was impatient for the winter to come and then go, but while I see the glorious leaves on the trees just before they fall, as well as this splash of colour on the mallow, I have decided that I love the motto ‘enjoy the moment’ and will do all that I can to do just that. So I wish you all the same joy in moments that we have now.

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Loosestrife

Loosestrife
Loosestrife

I think this is a garden loosestrife, but am not certain. So if someone knows it to be something else, please let me know. It reminds me of a white buddleia with its spray of tiny white flowers. Edit: I have since this post had a confirmation from a reader that this seems to be a gooseneck loosestrife. Thanks to John M.!

If you would like an autumn treat, please visit my post featuring our foliage and a rainbow – a sign of hope and a promise. I did not send out an email for this (one a day is quite enough) but it is on the site here for viewing: Autumn Leaves and Rainbow

These days of uncertainty often have small moments of beauty and pleasure and together they can add up to a day that is brighter than expected. I hope this is the case on your day. Happy Tuesday, my dear friends.

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Autumn Leaves and Rainbow

It’s a beautiful year for fall foliage here and the other evening I saw this wonderful display of the full rainbow over the trees at the bottom of our field. I couldn’t get the whole rainbow in but it’s all here!

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Pink Radish Bud

Pink radish flower
Pink radish flower

I hope everyone is having a good Monday. Today’s flower is another focusing on the humble radish. Each tiny pink bud of this plant as it is poised to unfurl is so delicate, it’s hard to believe the intense heat of flavour that it grew from. I am wishing all my friends a week filled with similar beauty, warmth and colour through the days ahead.

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Allium Seed Head

Allium Seed Head
Allium seed head

I bet this surprised you! I hope it was a good surprise that you weren’t disappointed, as it isn’t a flower. It somehow reminds me of such things as ferris wheels and fun times. So please indulge me as it was a flower not long before …. just one step further on, the seed head from an allium. I wanted to give you a special treat today with a photograph that is just a bit different from my usual Flower a Day photographs. I hope that your day has a few moments of surprise that make it a happier one.

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White Hydrangea

White hydrangea
White hydrangea

There are so many varieties and colours of hydrangeas and I love them all! This white beauty with the purple buds was on a bush beside a tool store on an overcast windy day, sheltered by the wall and hidden in the foliage. In the brief still moments I took this photo to share with you all today. The details in it are delicious particularly where you can zoom in and see what appears to be a mini flower growing on one of the petals! Isn’t it lovely when tiny surprises, often in the brief still moments in our lives give us such pleasure? I hope your day holds such good surprises, large or small!

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