Close Up Of Flowers – CFFC

I wish I had been thinking about this, or I would have saved my lovely lilies for this challenge. I’ll reshare a few close-ups of flowers from earlier this year at the end of the post. πŸ™‚ This is in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. πŸ˜€

Found this lovely Rose of Sharon hibiscus bush at my great aunt’s house. It’s as tall as the house! I guess no one ever pruned it. I plan to get some cuttings to see if I can start my own bush. ❀

My black-eyed Susans in our garden.

Eggplant flower.

Miniature rose. I call them candy-cane roses because that’s what they remind me of. But the tag didn’t say if they had a name for the color, only that they are miniature rose bushes.

More miniature roses. ❀

Vine-type roses from my great aunt’s house, originally posted here for an installment of Treasure Tuesday.

Close up of my mom’s daffodils, originally from this post, My February in Photos.

Close-up of a Sweet William, originally from this post, Meeting Sweet William and Miss Spiderwort.

Water drops on a lily, originally from Lovely Lilies and Beautiful Butterflies.

Look forward to the next challenge tomorrow!

Fun With Flowers

As you probably already know, I love taking photos of flowers, and I have a ton of flowers in my archives. I’m a bit late responding to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Fun or Flowers, but I thought I’d post these flowers that I’ve taken over the past few weeks and never got around to sharing anyway. πŸ™‚

I found this one at my great aunt’s house. The plant is taller than I am!

These were growing wild around my grandma’s lake. They remind me of black-eyed Susan’s (at the end of the post – the sunflowers are first πŸ˜…), but the center isn’t black.

And this one was planted in a pot outside our bank.

It’s What Sunflowers Do

“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

I admire sunflowers, for…
They spend their whole lives
Growing roots in the sod
Trying to mimic their God
With their faces to the sunrise.
Producing sun-bloom galore!

They need the Son’s rays
And Living Waters
In order to stay alive.
In order to thrive.
Yes, their Creator
They do always praise!

Focused as they grew,
Gazing not at the shadows
Or the foreboding darkness;
Only seeing their Rest
That they are to follow.
I try to do as they do!


On a different note – I bought this black-eyed Susan plant by mistake last year thinking it was a sunflower. Hey, they were both yellow. πŸ˜‚ I was glad to see it was a perennial, and I planted it in the middle of the garden, hoping it would attract bees or any other pollinators. It scared me a bit when it went dormant – but it came back this year with a vengeance, and it has exploded with flowers!

(And as you can see, a bag of fertilizer and a bag of potting soil along with black-eyed Susans – I thought I had moved it out of the way before I took the photo but I guess I didn’t. πŸ˜‚) Anyway, buying this plant on sale for $1.00 was a lovely mistake. πŸ™‚

However, unlike the sunflower that points east (thanks for the sunflower facts, Peggy!), these flowers seem to point in all sorts of directions – especially up. πŸ˜„