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August 9, 2010

What’s Blooming – late July/early August

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It has been a while since I’ve done a straight “What’s Blooming ” post, so I thought it was time to feature the flowers once again.  The butterfly bushes, while still blooming, have gotten plenty of press recently in the butterfly posts (oh, I finally got some monarch butterfly shots too, so that’s another upcoming post), so I thought I’d turn my attention to some other faithful bloomers.  I have had tall phlox blooming in a garden around my bird bath for many summers.  After the glory of the bearded irises and bleeding hearts have passed, these beauties take over for later summer color.

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In addition to the phabulous phlox, the annual zinnias and cosmos (as well as a tri-color collie) continue to provide summer color at the base of the hydrangea.
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Although I’ve featured the zinnias and cosmos before, I have some different shots to share (plus these were taken with the Rebel, not the old Olympus, so perhaps some improvement in my image quality will be seen.)
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Pink Cosmos, just beginning to open

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White cosmos

I’ve gotten a couple surprises with my zinnias this year.   Some of them turned out to be lovely “double” specimans:
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In addition to being double, I don’t think I’ve ever had a yellow zinna before.  They are usually in the pink range, so this one turned out to be a bright, cheerful addition to the flower bed.

June 28, 2010

What’s Blooming – June Edition

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 4:45 pm
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I decided to try something different for this month’s edition of “What’s Blooming.”  I’d seen several people using WordPress’s new slideshow feature, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It turned out to be fairly easy, although I don’t know if I’d use it all the time.  It seemed I had to upload these images directly from my computer’s hard drive; there may be a way to do it using Flickr, but if so, I haven’t quite figured that out.  If you have figured this out, could you kindly let me know how to do it too? Isn’t there some sort of space limitations here on WordPress if you upload media directly to your blog rather than using a hosting site like Flickr?  This newbie blogger welcomes any WordPress tips you’d like to pass along.

I hope you will let me know what you think of seeing this edition of What’s Blooming, slideshow style.  I have captions written on each of the shots, and I believe you can use pause, play, forward and back controls on the slideshow by hovering your mouse over it.

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