Spring is going out in a blaze of color in the garden this year. Thanks to all the rain, the perennials have really flourished, although in some respects it took its toll, knocking down many of the irises and battering the peony blossoms to such an extent that I hardly had time to capture them before they were spent. We could use a little sunshine now.
This week, Ann-Christine has chosen Trees as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and there is certainly no shortage of those in my photo files, so in order to select a few for this post I decided to look at the images and choose some of those where I thought the trees added the finishing touch, the icing on the cake, so to speak. These were taken at Cantigny Park, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum in Illinois and one in Utah.
It’s early June and time for the second wave of color in our garden. I’ve also included a swallowtail butterfly, one of twelve that hatched out recently. We found the caterpillars in November and brought them inside to overwinter in the sun room. It’s amazing how they know when it’s safe to emerge given that they’re not in their natural environment. Still lots more flowers to come.
This week, Amy has chosen Five Elements as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. There has clearly been too much rainy weather here of late, which is evidenced by the fact that I have had plenty of time to tiddle around on the computer and thus come up with my interpretation of the five elements, metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
There wasn’t much time to Pull Up A Seat at the Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. There was just so much to see and photograph, but there were a couple of benches that caught my eye because of the colorful flowers nearby. It was a gorgeous day (a rare treat in what has been an extremely rainy month) so I felt like I needed to make the most of it. Lots more flower pictures to come in future posts.
Pick almost any adjective that you would care to mention and you could probably pair it with ‘nature.’ Nature can be many things; spectacular, colorful, harsh, unforgiving, picturesque and so much more. This week Ann-Christine has chosen Delicate as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and that can most definitely be applied to nature.
Lilacs aren’t the only attraction in Lilacia Park in Lombard at this time of year. The tulips certainly get their share of attention and deservedly so. Seeing all these beautiful flowers reminds me that it’s probably time to replace some of the tulip bulbs that are past their prime in my garden. I always find it hard to discard any plants that have done so well in the past (it feels rather like a betrayal) but I know those bulbs, that have long ceased to put out any flowers, will have to go. Time for some new stock and fresh color. Perhaps I’ll try a few of these.