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. 🙂 This is in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. 😀

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!

Lovely Lilies and Beautiful Butterflies

Hello, everyone! 🙂 Funny story, I intended to take a week break, didn’t think there was a need to announce it, and… it turned into a month. O.O I’ve had a lot on my mind to work through.  It was hard to write during that time, so… I didn’t. Now I’m back, so I hope to see you around! (I’m catching up on comments – I was very behind!) And I’m returning with some of my favorite recent photos to share with you. 🙂

Believe it or not, this was taken on my iPod. (If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen this already.) I love raindrops on flowers.

These are probably my favorites. I adore all the lilies, but the deep red of these are magnificent.

I couldn’t get enough of them.

This one was taken with my camera.  The next one was too. In this one, it focused on the little rod things coming out of the flower. The next one focused on the petals.

I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I’m sharing both.

TR said the petals look like strawberries. This shot does even more so!

And now, onto the other colors…

Yellow lilies! And meet my new friend! 😀 And if you missed it, I put a video version to this photo on Instagram here.

I had two of them arguing over who would land on the flowers first. It was fun to watch them flying all over. Wish I could have gotten that on video but they were too fast.

One gave up and landed on the orange lilies. Sorry for the blur, but he wouldn’t stay still!

 

These are a different variety. The petals are more crinkly. The others with smoother petals are Asian lilies, according to the tag. I don’t know which variety these are – they were growing wild. I dug them up and relocated them to our house.

Every year, I get a new color. So far I have red, orange, yellow, and pink. (The pink ones decided not to bloom this year.) But I didn’t see any when we were at Lowes, so I came to the conclusion that lily season must be over. But then… I saw a bag on closeout. Lily bulbs! Various colors. I love surprises, and it said it was $10 for 10 bulbs. These two decided they were ready and managed to find their way out of the package, which is why they are growing this way. I wish I had thought to get a photo before I rescued them but I didn’t. The closeout price? $2!!! So I got ten for next year (and years to come) for $2. I’m happy. XD

The other bulbs look healthy, but I have a feeling they may not bloom this year, this late. I hope to find out what colors they are over the next few years. I love surprises and I’m not picky about colors. Any color will thrill me!

When I dug into the bag, some had multiplied already! So I had ten fully mature bulbs and a bunch of tiny babies that had already split off the big ones in the bag. (This is only about half of them.) I planted them too. I don’t know how long it will take for these to grow up but whenever they are old enough to bloom, I look forward to that too. 🙂

Hope you are having a lovely day! ❤

Glowing Orange Lilies

I posted last week about my yellow lilies, but these orange ones actually opened first.

I didn’t expect any of my lilies to bloom until the beginning of June. Last year, they bloomed on the same day that my dog, Rosie, passed away. (The red ones may wait until June after all, but I was so happy to see the orange ones opening now!) Here are a few shots of them, from babies to blooming:

As you can see, it looks like they may have multiplied! 😁

Looks like the newbies are too young to bloom, but maybe they will next year. 😀

Now it’s big enough to be seen. 🙂

I little bigger…

BIGGER…

Here is the orange lilies’ spider guardian. 😂

Opened! 😀

I absolutely adore these flowers. 😍

And there we go! I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did, haha. 😊

Shining Yellow Lilies

Dutch Goes The Photo’s photo challenge last week was “shine” – though I fear I’m a bit late in posting for the challenge. 😅 My yellow lilies seem to almost glow in the dark in these photos – as if the flowers were made of sunshine. 🙂

And here is a glimpse of the journey that they took to get there:

Plants but the buds are not visible yet.

The plants are bigger but the buds are still too small to see.

Here come the buds!

Fully grown buds – it was only a matter of days. 😀

Hello, yellow Asian Lily! 😍 One of my favorite flowers! God added such detail to the petals.<3 In addition to these, I have orange ones, which are also open now (keep your eyes peeled, that post will probably come later this week), and red ones that are a little further behind and will probably open at the beginning of June. I bought pink ones this year and they already opened and died back. (If you missed them, you can see them here.) I hope to add a new color every year! I really want purple, but I’ve never seen them locally… but I’ve never seen one I didn’t like so I’m sure I’ll find something. 😁


Also, on a different note, I want to thank you all for the support – I got this in my notifications bell a few days ago:

And a special thanks to Keri L, who told me that my posts weren’t showing up in the reader because I was using too many tags and categories. ❤ Looks like it’s working now and people are seeing my posts. 🙂

First Day Of Spring – March 20th, 2018

Let’s celebrate the first day of Spring by marveling at the beauty of God’s creation! Especially the flowers…

Easter Lillies

My mom has these beautiful flowers planted all over our yard. And the fun thing is – different batches of flowers have different colors. The above one, if I remember correctly, was planted around a tree near our driveway.

This one was in the flower bed of my dad’s shop.

These were in the flower bed in front of our house.

These were outside the flower bed at my mom’s gazebo.


Peach Blossoms

This one is also known as a selfie fail. 😂 I had the camera on a tripod and put the camera on timer mode. I ended up having to get on a step-stool to get a proper selfie. And then once I was up there, I saw the bees…

If you look closely, you can see a bee in the center of this photo. Or the backside of one, anyway.


Pear Blossoms


Tulips

I found this beauty at Walmart for $1. Someone messed up and put three tulip bulbs in one pot; it was supposed to be $1 for one tulip. So I guess I got each tulip for 33.333333 cents? Haha. And each tulip is at a different stage of blooming. This is the first one. I expect the next two to bloom at the end of the month or in early April. I hope we have more time the next time we go back to Walmart because I plan to look and see if they made more mistakes… 😅

I love the texture of the petals.

Especially with the sunlight filtering through them.

And the inside is really awesome too.


Wildflowers

You’ve probably noticed that I have a fondness for wildflowers. So of course, I had to get photos of them too. 🙂

We have a few trees in our woods growing wild that have some of the most beautiful pink blossoms!

I don’t know what they are, but I really like them.

Wild violets!

I didn’t see the plant that the flower came from, but we have been getting high winds, so it could have blown in from anywhere. I’ve seen the vines that have these kinds of flowers, but the flowers on those aren’t opened yet.

This is also growing wild. At first, I thought it might be a dogwood, but no other dogwoods are blooming. The blooms remind me of my mom’s apple tree. I would compare them, but it hasn’t bloomed yet. It didn’t bloom last year either. We’re beginning to think it’s dead… but if this is a new apple tree that nature planted, I can’t wait to see if it produces apples this year. 🙂

Marching In

I stare in wonder
As January melts away
The New year is no longer new
Where oh where did all that time go?

I gaze dumbfounded
As February sends greetings
Seems like January had just arrived

The winter snows give way to
Red hearts and love stories to warm the soul

And then February says goodbye, and the green clovers march in.


Hey everyone! I hope that you’ve had a great March so far! 😀

I’m going to be taking a short blogging break this weekend – so I’ll see y’all again on Monday! ❤ Have a great weekend!

Easter Lilies And An Unexpected Guest.

I found these photos in my archives from spring and surprisingly, I don’t think I ever posted them.

I wanted to get photos of my mom’s lilies while in full bloom.

It was in this photo that I realized that someone was photo-bombing me, though after downloading them, I realize it could be seen in the previous photos too:

So I zoomed in:

Hello there, little bug! 😀

I don’t know what kind of bug this is, but he was patient and let me get very close:

He didn’t seem to be hurting my mom’s flowers, so I let him be. 🙂