F Is For Flowers

If you visit my blog often enough you will see that I frequently post pictures of flowers. Thus, today for the letter F I decided to share a few pictures of the floral beauty that I see during my daily adventures.

Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers because these are shiny yellow color, which reminds me of the sun.
Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers because these are shiny yellow hue, which reminds me of the sunshine.
Daffodils bow in the early morning sunlight.
Daffodils bow in the early morning sunlight.

Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, which bloom in late February and early March here in Southern California.

In this video you can see Annie the cat frolicking among the spring flowers back in 2011.

A red hollyhock flower is a simple flower, but I love these planted in my container garden.
A red hollyhock flower is a simple flower, but I love these planted in my container garden.

Another one of my favorite flowers is the simple holly hock, and I planted one in my container garden last summer. Each morning new blooms opening on this plant.

How the Hyacinths Propagate

by Aya Katz, Guest Blogger

Long, long ago, I may have bought a hyacinth plant. I don’t remember, but I know they have bulbs. And I know what they look like, because I have seen the pictures. Yet this year a hyacinth bloomed in my front yard, and it was not true to type. It had only a few blossoms here and there, and there was not the canonical pattern of a tall tower of tiny flowers bursting from a single stem. That’s why I had trouble recognizing it, at first.

Hyacinth

Its lonely, sparse blossoms opened, and inside there was pollen. But who was the pollen for? Don’t hyacinths propagate through bulbs? And why were there no insects who wanted to come and partake of the feast? Could the wind be helping to spread whatever needs spreading? See how the pollen seems to scatter out of the bloom!

Hyacinth Closer

Propagating through bulbs is asexual, like cloning. But if pollen in turn leads to seed, then the new plant, once mature, won’t necessarily grow true to type. This hyacinth, I think, is not the one I bought. It is a love child of my former store-bought plant – related, but different. I like that thought.

O Is For Open Spaces

Today the letter O is for open spaces because I am continuing to share the photographs I took on my hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Personally, I enjoy nature since I grew up in the mountains, and it is comforting to see trees, rocks, wild flowers, chaparral, and other plant and animal life can be found out in the open during a hike.

Just going on a little hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Just going on a little hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

D Is For Daisies

D is for daisies that I see during my walks. Actually, lately I have been bicycling down a local trail where these daisies are blooming, but I still have time to stop and photograph these. The bold and inviting colors are quite refreshing to see on a spring day, and I will never grow tired of seeing daisies.

I enjoy the vibrant hue of orange and yellow daisies, and look forward to seeing these pleasant flowers each day. What is your favorite flower to photograph?

Here is a video I created of the orange and yellow daisies I spotted the other day. These flowers remind me of a sunburst with their profusion of joyful color. If you have not figured out anything about me thus far, one thing I will share is that I love bright colors.

Many Different Shades of Morning Glories

During the month of August I have been enjoying a profusion of color with many different shades morning glories from blue-violet, magenta, light blue, and white. I planted a few seeds from a dollar package of mixed colored morning glories, and I have to say with daily watering this has been a great investment with the beauty these flowers provide each morning when I wake up.

Morning Glories In The Summer

 

Morning glories are resplendent and vibrant on the vine.

Get up early in the morning, and you get to look upon these blooms that are divine.

Every morning I enjoy getting up and looking at the magnificent morning glory blooms.  It is one of my favorite rituals these days, but you have to catch these flowers before noon!