Garden Flower Zen

dahlia blossoms

The work seems easier…

as my eyes feast on the beauty surrounding me in the garden.

A stroll through the garden provides bright colors and fragrant discoveries painted by blooming flowers planted throughout. I may be weeding but my ears are soothed to hear the song of many birds and bees buzzing by. The time spent is full of surprises like an occasional ladybug, butterfly or dragonfly! Flowers are an essential part of an artist’s garden. I cut flowers almost every day to make our house feel alive in summer.

It is amazing what you discover when writing a blog. Looking through the photography of the garden, I see that we plant 20+ types of flowers in the garden on a regular basis. No wonder, the bees like our garden so much. I could probably write a post about each variety from the various picture’s shot over the years that show the growth progress, colors and best angles. But don’t worry, that is not the intention of this post. The goal of this post is to show you what flowers we grow in the garden as an introduction to further articles that show more intense information about each variety.

  1. Alyssum, a ground-cover that I like to plant around other bigger guys.white alyssum ground cover blossoms
  2. Bachelor Button, a frequent bloomer gives a touch of color wherever they are.bachelor button blossoms
  3. Baby’s Breath, a small white flower used in bouquets.white baby's breath blossoms
  4. Bleeding Heart, the bush springs up just as the snow melts with heart shaped blossoms appearing as we ready for planting. Notice Mr Butterfly on the top right.bleeding heart blossoms
  5. Carnation, the cinnamon scent of these blossoms make it a pleasure to snuggle them with your face every time you pass by.red pink and white carnation blossoms
  6. Coneflower, a hardy bush that grows up tall and spreads arms wide showering the garden with yellow blossoms all-summer-long. yellow cone flower bush
  7. Cosmos, a favorite wildflower blooming throughout summer.lavender cosmos blossoms
  8. Crocus & Daffodill, 2 short time early spring guys who pop their head out of the snow, with heads that turn to follow the sun.purple crocus blossomsyellow daffodill
  9. Dahlia, comes in a multitude of bright colors, shapes and sizes.pink dahlias
  10. Daisy. We had daisies and red roses at our wedding.shasta daisy blossoms
  11. Geranium, I have to take into the house over winter.red geranium
  12. Gladiola, a flower that I love but so do all the gophers, an on-going war.red gladiola
  13. Iris, is planted all around in and out of the garden. The deer seem to leave it alone, most of the time.bearded iris blossoms
  14. Lilac, lavender spring bush blossoms with a heavenly fragrance.lavendar lilac blossoms
  15. Marigold, 2 years ago I scattered a coffee can of dried flower seeds. Wrongfully, thinking were no good. But, they were just fine, notice the height of those marigolds.tall marigolds
  16. Poppy, a wildflower self seeder.pink poppy blossoms
  17. Roses, one of my favorite flowers.pink rose
  18. Snapdragons, are very fragrant and colorful blossoms.snapdragon blossoms
  19. Sunflower, pale yellow, orange, to brown. Check out the bee zooming in for a landing here.golden brown sunflower
  20. Zinnia, splashes of color all summer long.

Bleeding Heart Blossoms Surprise

Bleeding Heart BlossomMy focus was to get a good closeup shot of the bleeding heart that is blooming in the garden. I had my handy dandy camera with me. Why? Because, you never know when a fantastic photo will come your way. And, honestly a cell phone just doesn’t cut it. I was able to capture this splendid example showing how this flower got it’s name. The unopened blossoms really look like a little heart dripping some blood off the base. Wow! It may not be the most romantic name for a flower but it sure fits doesn’t it!

bleeding heart butterfly 2Then I glanced behind there, where the sprinkler was watering the corn rows at the compost pile. I noticed maybe a small hummingbird getting a bath in the sprinkler. Wait a minute… that is not a hummingbird it is a black and yellow butterfly.

bleeding heart butterfly 3When the water sprinkled, he opened and shut his wings a few times and then basked in the sun till it came round again. I’m not sure if he was getting a drink or if he was actually getting a bath.

bleeding heart butterfly 4Now, I am waiting by the bleeding heart bush and am on a mission. Can I get a good picture of him without getting the camera wet or scaring him away? It was a good practice in patience.

bleeding heart butterfly 6Then, he finally flew toward me at the bleeding heart bush. I did what any artist does, I took as many pictures of him as I could in the hopes that one would come out.

bleeding heart butterfly 6Check this out!

It pays to notice the colorful miracles all around us. Wa La!