Flower Pictures, With Friends and Foe

Wave Petunia

The wave petunia
The wave petunia | Source

I'm not sure if I really like gardening, but one thing I am sure of, I love to reap what I sew. If you are ambitious in the fall and have a few bucks to throw away on flowers, you could make your yard pop with bulbs and fill your camera card with flower pictures. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Crocus just to name a few, are a great way to bring life to your yard in the spring, and it's my favorite time of year.

Each year I try growing different flowers to test which ones grow well in my region and also to test which flowers need little or no maintenance, but most important, which flowers have the best show with the most vivid colors. I have a collection of flower pictures that I will share with you, and hopefully it will inspire you to add some of these beauties to your own garden.

My favorite flower is the wave petunia, unfortunately every year I grow them they get eaten by a little green worm halfway through the season and I lose all my flowers, otherwise I would have them everywhere because of the spectacular show and ease of care to maintain them. So let's take a tour of the flowers I have had success with, and see if my flower pictures inspire you to try different flowers in your own garden, or if you would rather just enjoy pictures of other people's flowers.

Tulips and Daffodil Pictures

Here are a few pictures I took in the spring with just a point and shoot Fuji S5200 Digital camera. If you plan to take your own flower pictures, use your camera in Macro mode for close up shots with no zoom, or very little zoom, they will come out crystal clear, something to be proud of.

I had pulled in the driveway one spring evening, and as I looked at my yard, I noticed this one yellow daffodil in the middle of several red tulips, it caught my attention immediately, so I grabbed my camera and started shooting, and these are my results.

Tulips and Daffodils

Daffodil and tulips, this caught my eye as I pulled up to my house.
Daffodil and tulips, this caught my eye as I pulled up to my house. | Source
Plant in groups, it really makes a statement.
Plant in groups, it really makes a statement. | Source
Groups of tulips is always bettr then a row.
Groups of tulips is always bettr then a row. | Source
Single yellow tulip
Single yellow tulip | Source
Very cool color, almost black.
Very cool color, almost black. | Source
It's smiling at you :)
It's smiling at you :) | Source

Purple Cone Flowers and Black Eyed Susan, Make Good Company

Where I live in the US, black eyed susan grow wild but I love to have them in the yard because of the spectacular show the produce, add a few cone flowers to the mix and you can have flowers for years without ever having to plant a seed. I have a 10'x10' garden in the yard that is filled with cone flowers and black eyed susan, they attract plenty of butterflies and sometimes an occasional hummingbird.

Sunflower Pictures

Sunflowers grow huge; sometimes 16' tall and there show is big! I took some great pictures of my sunflowers, I couldn't get over how tall they grow, and when they start to seed, the birds come running. I tried yellow and red sunflowers, both were a huge hit with me, but you really need the room for these monsters, very photogenic.

Sunflower Pictures

I love the blue sky behind this sunflower, it makes it pop!
I love the blue sky behind this sunflower, it makes it pop! | Source
Same picture as above without the deep blue sky, same flower not as much drama.
Same picture as above without the deep blue sky, same flower not as much drama. | Source
The sun shining on the back of the pedals, very cool.
The sun shining on the back of the pedals, very cool. | Source
Full bloom and 7' tall
Full bloom and 7' tall | Source
It is amazing what light can do for a photo.
It is amazing what light can do for a photo. | Source
Red sunflower
Red sunflower | Source

Morning Glories

The morning glory is another favorite of mine, easy to grow, just need water and plenty of sunlight. Morning glories will seed themselves each year; the seeds are in a tough shell and can withstand the coolest winters. I never have to worry if I will have morning glories the following year, I must pull hundreds of them and only save a few, they will takeover your yard if you let them. The morning glory comes in so many beautiful colors, but I admire the blue the most.

Morning Glory Pictures

Morning glories will climb anything it can get its vine around, be careful near other plants.
Morning glories will climb anything it can get its vine around, be careful near other plants. | Source
Love the deep purple mixed with the light purple.
Love the deep purple mixed with the light purple. | Source
Pretty blue
Pretty blue | Source
The sun shining from the back, lights up the throat.
The sun shining from the back, lights up the throat. | Source
Nice Color.
Nice Color. | Source
Love this blue!
Love this blue! | Source
Whit morning glory witha blue star center.
Whit morning glory with a blue star center. | Source

Dinner Plate Dahlias

The dahlia is a great flower in any size, but the dinner plate dahlia is awesome, but high maintenance. The flowers get so big and heavy that you have to steak them so the branches don't break in the rain or high winds; also, the dahlia is a tuber and will not survive any cold winter temperatures below 0 deg. You can dig them up and store them in a cool dry place but my results were that the flowers didn't have the same impact the following year. They are beautiful flowers but are a lot of work.

Dinner Plate Dahlia

Huge blooms
Huge blooms | Source
Very nice flowers but high maintenance
Very nice flowers but high maintenance | Source

The Hibiscus

The hibiscus is a show stopper, if placed in a sunny area and watered daily; the hibiscus will flower continuously throughout the summer with beautiful tropical flowers. The hibiscus will not survive in temperatures below freezing, but you can bring them in for the winter and place them in a window facing the south, also you will need to water the plant at least twice a week and drench it. In the spring, place it back outside and enjoy it for another season.

I do have a Hibiscus that survives the winter but it is the dinner plate size Hibiscus, it has waxy leaves and grows about 5' tall in one season. I cut it back to the ground each fall and in the spring it pops back up. This Hibiscus need lots of sun and it also likes to be protected from the wind because of the size of it flowers. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this plant and the growing season has ended.

Hibiscus Picture

Very elegant tropical flower
Very elegant tropical flower | Source

Chrysanthemums or Mums

Mums in the fall are by far the best bloomers, sold in a wide range of colors; you can find some to blend into your landscape as if they were meant to there. I had a few friends hanging around one day waiting for a photo op, so I broke out the camera and started shooting, wow! They just wouldn't leave so I ended up taking some great pictures.

Chrysanthemums or Mums

These two butterflies hung around for a while for a photo shoot.
These two butterflies hung around for a while for a photo shoot. | Source
He sure liked my mums
He sure liked my mums | Source
Lunch time!
Lunch time! | Source
This is his good side.
This is his good side. | Source
My son was amazed because they would land on him, as if to say, HI!
My son was amazed because they would land on him, as if to say, HI! | Source
Great contrast
Great contrast | Source

My Christmas Cactus

I know that the Christmas cactus is an indoors plant but I need to share with you the stunning snapshots I took, it is absolutely gorgeous and the show will go on for another few weeks. I don't understand why they named it the Christmas cactus, it never blooms around Christmas, and it always blooms around Thanksgiving. This plant likes it very sunny and the soil need to stay slightly moist, then you can have blooms like this.

Christmas Cactus

On the JackFrost
On the JackFrost | Source
Sun from the south
Sun from the south | Source
Awesome blooms!
Awesome blooms! | Source
Cascading colors
Cascading colors | Source
Buds and blooms
Buds and blooms | Source
Love it with the black background!
Love it with the black background! | Source
Extremely vivid colors.
Extremely vivid colors. | Source

Unique and off the wall plant and flower pictures

I have some photos that are unique, and I really didn't want to categorize them, but I thought you might find them interesting. Some of the plants I do not know the names, the pictures were taken in St Lucia while I was on vacation and I never caught their names. I also have a few critters in the pictures that are quite unusual, so I added them to my picture collection because they eat the very plants and flowers that are in this hub. I hope these little guys interest you instead of gross you out, they are part of our world and they probably live in your plants right now, but they are camouflaged so well, you can't see them.

I hope I have inspired you to try different flowers in your garden and enlightened you on some of the possibilities gardening offers you. If you like what you see, leave me a comment, if you don't like what you see, leave me a comment :) If you have any questions about flowers, throw it out there, I might have the answer, I might not.

Unique and off the wall plant and flower pictures

St Lucia flower
St Lucia flower | Source
St Lucia flower
St Lucia flower | Source
Day Lilly found in St Lucia
Day Lilly found in St Lucia | Source
St Lucia flower, looks like our inpatients
St Lucia flower, looks like our inpatients | Source
This guy was eating my tomato plant, I don't know which end is front, lol, cool looking though
This guy was eating my tomato plant, I don't know which end is front, lol, cool looking though | Source
Busy bee on a Pieris Japonica
Busy bee on a Pieris Japonica | Source
St Lucia flower, very unique but I don't know the name.
St Lucia flower, very unique but I don't know the name. | Source
St Lucia cactus growing inside a tree, kinda cool I thought.
St Lucia cactus growing inside a tree, kinda cool I thought. | Source
Bamboo
Bamboo | Source
Bamboo from a different angle, these shoots were about 20 tall.
Bamboo from a different angle, these shoots were about 20 tall. | Source
St Lucia flower, very unusual
St Lucia flower, very unusual | Source
This a close up, cool huh?
This a close up, cool huh? | Source
St Lucia flower, this is called a crab claw because of it's shape
St Lucia flower, this is called a crab claw because of it's shape | Source
St Lucia flower
St Lucia flower | Source
St Lucia plant, but look at the color of the water in the background, it comes from the sulfur springs and it is loaded with minerals, the water is gray.
St Lucia plant, but look at the color of the water in the background, it comes from the sulfur springs and it is loaded with minerals, the water is gray. | Source
St Lucia plant, just thought the shape was neat
St Lucia plant, just thought the shape was neat | Source
St Lucia caterpillar eating the lilies
St Lucia caterpillar eating the lilies | Source
Mushrooms
Mushrooms | Source
Another mushroom
Another mushroom | Source
Daisy with a foe, cool pic though.
Daisy with a foe, cool pic though. | Source
I always find this intriguing and I don't know why
I always find this intriguing and I don't know why | Source
lily greens and water
lily greens and water | Source
The Lady slipper, a protected flower in NH, they grow in my backyard, how cool is that?
The Lady slipper, a protected flower in NH, they grow in my backyard, how cool is that? | Source

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Eddie! Please let me come visit you next spring so I can experience your beautiful flowers up close!!! WOW!!! Beautiful, beautiful!!!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Dexter, the time spent waiting for them each year is well worth it. Now that I have a place to display my art, I will put 100 percent effort into my photography. Glad you liked it!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Eddie, you have quite a lovely collection of flower photos going here, I love it! Its hard to know where to begin. I love the tulips and daffodils, and sunflowers for sure, and the blue morning glories too, wow how pretty! I am a real fan of butterflies too, so I loved those ones too. The picture of your son, next to the mums with the butterflies and its description was so cool too. :) Great hub!


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rambansal 5 years ago from India

Great photographs..


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you oceansnsunsets, I have so many pictures I didn't know where to stop, so I just used my very best, glad you like them :)

Hey ranbansal, thank you very much!


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moonfairy 5 years ago

breathtaking photos eddie!!! You did a remarkable job on this hub. I thoroughtly enjoyed the walk through your garden (and of course the trip to St. Lucia =)thanks for sharing!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey moonfairy, St Lucia has a lot of unusual plants that are very interesting and unique, they also have a lot of common house plants that are found in most homes in the US that grow enormously large in their climate. I'm glad you enjoyed your walk through my garden, next time , stop by and we can have a glass of wine and enjoy it together :) Love you kiddo


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GiftedGrandma 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! I never tire seeing God's beautiful creations. I have taken thousands myself.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you giftedgrandma, I have to agree :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh Eddie, thank you for this treat this Sunday afternoon!

Every photo I came to, I thought was my favourite until I saw the next one!

Fabulous photography and voting up.

Many thanks for sharing this and good luck in the contest. Best wishes MM


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Your very welcome MM, I'm glad I could brighten your Sunday afternoon, thank you for the vote :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Simply divine! I especially appreciate that you included morning glories in this Hub. They're one of my favorites!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Why thank you Simone Smith, Morning glories are a very cool flower and they come in so many awesome colors, the blue ones are my favorite, maybe because there are not a lot of blue flowers in most gardens.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

All your flowers are striking, beautiful, fantastic shots.

Your comments on each are interesting...makes me want to visit too!


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you frogyfish, You can visit any time your in NH :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

These are awesome photos, Eddie. I did vote it up and across. The colors are exquisite and I love the variety. My granddaughter loves the morning glory. My youngest daughter always has an amazing garden, which I wrote a hub: Summer gardens, last year. She grows the hibiscus and I am just in wonderment of that and her overall green thumb.

Very beautiful. :) Shared with followers.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Just the ticket for any gloomy, grey winter day. The best part is, we can come back to your flowers anytime.

This should be a pass-it-along for sure. "Fellow Hubbers of the world, unite!"


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

What a superb collection of interesting and lovely plants and flowers. I'm envious of your apparent green thumb.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Denise for you kind words, the vote up and the pass along. Gardening is hard work but when I'm getting my hands dirty I start with the end in mind :)

Yes Perspycacious, when the earth is like concrete, it's nice to look at what will be, in only a few short months. thank you for the pass along.

Hello L.L.Woodward, I don't know if I have a green thumb but I do have an affinity to flowers and photos. Thank you, I am humbled by your kind comment :)


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States

Thanks, for sharing such beautiful photos of your flowers!! Really enjoyed them especially when winter weather is upon us here in Pennsylvania. A spring preview is always appreciated!!


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Your welcome Debra, I feel your pain, I'm just a little north of you here in NH, winter seems to drag on forever up here, lol. Thanks for you comment and Happy New Year!


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Iintertrans 4 years ago from New Delhi

beautiful flowers and nice to have posted


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you lintertrans for taking the time to comment and welcome to hubpages.


Jim Wilkins 4 years ago

Hello Eddie, I was curious about the mountain Laurel. I looked at google images to find the flower and none of them looked the same. Any help?


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jim,

Thanks you for bring that mistake to my attention. I just did a search my self, and found that it's called a Pieris Japonica, I just assumed it was a Mountain Laurel from the little knowledge I have of plants and flowers :) I will change that description on the picture, thanks again Jim, take care.


Jim WIlkins 4 years ago

Haha, thank you! you have beautiful flowers and photos. And thanks for the clarification.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Sure Jim, no problem :) I had found another person online who thought their Pieris Japonica was a Mountain Laurel as well so I guess it an easy mistake, but for me, I just learn as I go,lol. Take care.


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sterimar 4 years ago from Somewhere

wow! beautiful flowers! now I'm excited to plant the seed of different flowers we have just bought last month. great hub ;-)


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you sterimar, and thank you for the comment. Happy planting :)


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sterimar 4 years ago from Somewhere

You are welcome eddiecarrara!!! :-)


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Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Great photos!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Paul!


jeanpaul 14 months ago

nice. this helped me but i needed some of the names


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jeanpaul, I gave all the names I knew, some pictures were taken in St Lucia where I didn't know the names of the flowers :(

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