Red Maple Flowers

Red Maple Flowers
Red Maple Flowers

Some of the loveliest tree flowers in our garden are the red maple clusters. I waited and waited for these to come out to catch them and then it was so windy‚Ķ (that handheld wind machine of mine). Now, wind blowing on a flower in the ground is one thing. Wind on a slim tree branch hanging with flowers takes the effect to an extreme! I came back the next day and the next and in the end I managed (after how many photographs?) to get this one, which turned out fairly sharp. I hope you can see why I wanted to share this with you, with its coloured bunches.  A flower a Day #266 (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name. ūüôā ) 

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Yellow Petunias

Yellow Petunias
Yellow Petunias

Sometimes people write a comment about my various flower shares to say that one or another reminds them of their mothers. For me, Petunias will do it every time. When I was a child living in the town of Mount Royal, a bed with petunias lined our short drive and I seem to remember my mother tending them. She must have loved them as they are the only flower I remember from my childhood. So today’s flower, in the garden bed of a friend (thanks J) is a memory of my own mother. Maybe it was the flower of the times, in the mid 1950’s in Canada? I have a feeling that hers were that lovely striped variety I have shared here. In any case, if this flower brings back happy memories of your mother or anyone else, or even a happy time, then I will be content. Have a lovely day friends. We have sun and heat here. A Flower a Day #265  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.)

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Moss Phlox

Moss Phlox
Moss Phlox

These lovely tiny flowers look as if they have been painted by a child with a little paint brush that has dripped a little orange paint here and there after daubing that lovely bright centre. The dark pattern around the centre is then softened to a wash of pale mauve on the petals. I would have been delighted to have designed such a lovely thing when I was painting, as a child or as an adult, come to that! These flowers seem so often to be massed together, so it is wonderful to single a couple out for individual admiration. These are next to the other phlox I shared that are planted on the bank next to the road, to be seen only by those few people walking by. And now for you all! Happy Thursday, friends. A flower a Day #264  

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Pink Quince

Pink Quince
Pink Quince

For another pink flower day, today I am featuring one from the second of our quince bushes. This time this is the lovely pink one under our pine trees at the edge of our drive. These blossoms all seem to point down towards the ground which makes it tricky to get a good angle on them. As well, my camera lately seems to double as a portable wind machine. This means that no matter how still the day seems, as soon as I point my lens at my subject, a gusty wind begins to blow and the flower is tossed around, defying my manual focus attempts. I always feel a thrill when I see that I have got a photograph of delicate blossom that I am happy with, especially one that I photographed in a gale. It shouldn’t be this hard, but then where would the challenge be? Have a lovely day, friends and I hope you are able to meet all challenges today as best you can, even with a smile or a laugh. A flower a Day #263  

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Forget Me Nots

Forget Me Nots
Forget Me Nots

It seems that with so many of us in either full or partial (or emerging) lockdown. the volunteer flowers (my new term for a weed) have decided to come out in unusual abundance wherever they can. It’s almost as if they feel they can contribute in some way to lessen our feelings of isolation, bringing a smile or a gasp of delight as we look out the window and see them (I’m talking about you, dandelions) or on a lonely walk in the woods or even on the lawn. We have always had forget-me-nots, I’ve even photographed them in the past. But then I remember having to seek them out, that they weren’t everywhere. This year, there are so many of them that they have taken over (almost) from the ajuga – see my previous post about the Bee and Bugle where I speak about how prolific they are this year. This is a happy observation, never a complaint, I assure you. Except that I find that I can get little done as I am always on my knees taking photographs of whatever I find. I hope that today’s flower (with the raindrop tear seeming to make the flower name more poignant) brings you a happy memory of someone you love, perhaps someone you haven’t seen in a long time. Till tomorrow, friends, hugs to all. A flower a Day #262  

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Garden Star

Garden Star-of-Bethlehem
Garden Star-of-Bethlehem

What a delicate little flower, hiding in the woods this is, with such an intricate beautiful pattern in the centre! I can’t believe I never noticed it before, as with so many of my finds. Today the weather is supposed to be drizzly but quite a bit warmer, so that will be a lot nicer than it has been lately. I know it’s a case of just getting down to it, but somehow with damp windy cold days I just can’t seem to get up the energy to go out and plant potatoes – though I actually did that yesterday, despite the cold. I find it especially difficult when I have an SD card full of flower images to prepare for you all and it’s tempting to just sit in the studio at my computer. But there is a time for everything and so the garden comes first. We have to eat, after all and there is little to beat the taste of home grown vegetables. Have a good day, everyone, hopefully productive and busy, whether indoors or out. A flower a Day #261  

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Euphorbia

Euphorbia
Euphorbia

This is a plant I am not really familiar with and I have to say it was not the easiest to photograph well. Each of the little flowers within the circle has so much detail within and that detail was easily lost (in others I took). At least I was happy with this one and rather like how the swirl around it has echoed the leaf shapes. These look like they would make a lovely crown for a little girl to wear. As it has again become cold and overcast (ah… the Nova Scotia Spring) I felt that I needed a bit of yellow to cheer the day. I hope it does so for you where ever you are, my friends. A flower a Day #260  

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Pink Azalea

Pink Azalea
Pink Azalea

One of the most surprising (to me) bushes that blooms in the Spring in gardens around us is the azalea. The clusters of delicate flowers have such an exotic look, with their voluptuous florets gathered together like a dancer’s skirts. They seem too fragile to survive through a Nova Scotia winter, but, as you can see they do, and in such elegant style! This pink one is growing in a garden along my walk, and every time I see it I smile with delight at the sight. I hope that your day is filled with moments of such beauty and joy as this azalea brings me. I send a hug out to all of my readers. A flower a Day #259¬†¬†

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Perennial Honesty

Lunaria Rediviva, Perennial Honesty
Lunaria Rediviva, Perennial Honesty

I don’t even remember where I took this flower photograph, Perennial Honesty but I am thinking it might be another that was growing at the edge of the woods on my walk. In any case I was drawn to the pretty, small flowers at the top of those lovely leaves. I have to say that I have never noticed this one before either. The idea of perennial honesty is a lovely one. Honesty “lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time, enduring or continually recurring” according to the definition. What a concept, I could certainly live with that. I hope that you all have a lovely day. A flower a Day #258  

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