Verbena, maybe? These were in the desert beside a gas station in Arizona last spring. Between the wind and the puppy pulling on the leash it’s amazing that the photos are clear…and that I didn’t take a tumble.
Last Saturday we went to an art show featuring some watercolor painting by my husband’s very talented uncle. Beside the library where the show was held there was a pea patch garden. I love pea patches.
Even though it was a rather grey, drippy day I wandered about a bit. This patch of artichokes, past the harvest stage, caught my eye. From different angles the flowers* brought to mind roses and waterlilies.
These were processed using various effects in Topaz Studio 2.
*The artichoke we eat is the bud of a large, thistle-like flower. This post shows the artichoke flower we found when we came home from a vacation last year.
I adore hardy cyclamen, more known for its wonderful variegated leaves than its flowers. In early fall they bloom naked, then the leaves come out. Because the small flowers grow close to the ground it is hard to see and appreciate the delicate beauty of the blossoms on their curlicue tendrils without crawling on the ground. Here is a slug’s eye view:
I accidentally pulled this flower out when weeding. I took pictures of it so it will not have died in vain.
I am not a particular expert so I don’t know whether this is technically echinacea. These cheerful souls were enjoying the morning sunshine in my neighbor ‘s parking strip.