Archives for Macro Monday

The Farmyard Garden

If you are a regular reader at my site you know I love to give my gardens names.  This little area at the bottom of the deck stairs and right beside the garage door is the farmyard garden.  When we first moved into this house, 28 or so years ago there was an overgrown lilac tree here that eventually had to come down.
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Flopping and Dropping

There is so much blooming in the garden right now.  I call the poppies and peonies the floppy beauties.   We seem to wait forever for them to open and then after a few days they are flopping and dropping.  The red and pink petals are covering the ground.  Thank goodness the camera can capture and save these blooms forever.
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Parrots in the Garden

I’ve got parrots in the garden … not real parrots because we don’t live in the right climate … but parrot tulips.  Parrot tulips are known for their colourful, curly, fringed petals that perhaps resemble parrot feathers.  They have gorgeous colour combinations.  These are the tulips that I grew in pots this year and I have been really pleased with the results.
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The Praying Mantis

The weather has been glorious this week … chilly morning but fantastic afternoon.   We’ve been doing lots of clean up outside, but I hate to start putting things away when it is so nice out, but I also know it has to be done as the weather can change so quickly.  Looking carefully we discovered a praying mantis, first on the downspout and then on the garden bench.  That was the clue for me to turn the camera on and get to the macro settings. The praying mantis is named for the two front legs that sometimes appear to
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Cicadas

Cicadas – those inscects that we don’t very often see  but we very often hear buzzing and clicking on those hot and humid days. Cicada comes from Latin and translates to mean tree cricket. One day awhile ago there was one on a deck post and I was able to get some good macro photos of it by leaning over the railing.  This was the first time we had actually seen a cicada, other than images in books. It stared right back at me with those  very prominent eyes, set far apart, almost appearing as if they see to the sides.  The patterns
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Susan with the Brown Eyes

I love taking macro photos and here are some of the rudbekia that is blooming. I love this native/wildflower that grows in the garden each year. This is a plant that takes care of itself … doesn’t mind the heat,  doesn’t mind if it doesn’t get much water, isn’t particular about soil conditions. These are also known as brown eyed Susan. A native plant that looks great in any garden. I’m sharing with Macro Monday and I ♥ Macro          More from The Gardener Side plants … seed info … veggies & herbs … bulbs, corms, tubers the gardens  … whimsy in the garden
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