Beautiful Flowers: Images from My Garden - Part 2

In virtually every temperate area on this planet Earth, beautiful flowers can be seen almost everywhere. The variety of shapes and colors just boggles the mind. Even in the northern climates, such as Canada..where I live, there’s abundant beauty, despite a somewhat shorter growing season.

What’s also amazing is that all these beautiful flowers were probably not created this way simply for humans to admire. Birds and insects can see a different spectrum of color in these beautiful flowers. In fact they depend on the various color patterns (many of which we can’t see) to pollinate the flowers. If it weren’t for insects, there would be nowhere near the variety of beautiful flowers we do have.

In Part 1 of these two Beautiful Flowers hub articles, I presented 13 stunning flowers for you to feast your eyes upon. Here, in Part 2, I’ve unleashed another baker’s dozen. Most of these images are close-ups, taken with a modest Fuji digital camera (2600 Zoom). Although its resolution is a somewhat dated 2 megapixels, you can see..it takes some pretty fine close-up images.

These pictures are from two different gardens I’ve had the pleasure of tending over the last 10 years or more.

Asiatic Lily (Rienesse).  Photo by: timorous
Asiatic Lily (Rienesse). Photo by: timorous

^ Asiatic Lily (Rienesse)

A beautiful white Asiatic Lily (Rienesse). It has a moderate scent, but not as strong as some of the other Oriental lilies. In this image, you can also see a plethora of light orange Asi-Florum Lilies (Donau) in the background.

Tropicana rose.  Photo by: timorous
Tropicana rose. Photo by: timorous

^ Tropicana

One of the many beautiful hybrid tea roses, with its luxurious, and long-lasting coral-orange blooms. It has a fabulous fragrance as well.

Fritillaria.  Photo by: timorous
Fritillaria. Photo by: timorous

^ Frittilaria

This semi-tropical perennial, a yellow Fritillaria (also available in orange), is a somewhat difficult flower to grow. It needs a warm, early spring to show its fascinating hanging trumpet-like flowers. Without a protected location though, and a consistently warm March and April, it simply won’t flower in a northern climate. When planting, the large bulb has a strong, garlic-like scent, which helps to keep squirrels and other animals from digging them up.

Rose of Sharon.  Photo by: timorous
Rose of Sharon. Photo by: timorous

^ Rose of Sharon

This perennial shrub is a bit of a late starter. The leaves don’t show up until late May, and the blooms don’t come out until August. However, when they do, the bush is covered in these beautiful (in this case, white) flowers. I was lucky enough to catch this wasp lapping up the nectar from the white blossom.

Fuschia.  Photo by: timorous
Fuschia. Photo by: timorous

^ Fuschia

You really can’t beat this annual for its strikingly beautiful combination of shapes and colors. It works best in a hanging basket, and prefers light shade more than sun.

Blue Spruce tree (new buds).  Photo by: timorous
Blue Spruce tree (new buds). Photo by: timorous

^ Blue Spruce Tree (with new buds)

Although this blue spruce tree is obviously not a flower, I love the incredibly soft young needles that push out of the ends of the branches in the spring. You can almost reach out and touch the velvety soft needles.

Oriental Poppy.  Photo by: timorous
Oriental Poppy. Photo by: timorous

^ Oriental Poppy

The intense orange flowers of the poppy are a familiar sight in many gardens. The intricate detail of the inner stigma and stamens has always amazed me.

Heritage rose.  Photo by: timorous
Heritage rose. Photo by: timorous

^ Heritage (English rose)

One of the many beautiful English roses bred by British botanist David Austin. His hybrids combine the bloom shape and scent of old English roses, with more modern and hardy hybrid tea roses, providing multiple and longer lasting blooms. This one has a beautiful lemony fragrance as well. This one is just opening up, so you don’t see the multi-layered petals as you would when it’s in full bloom.

Lilac  Photo by: timorous
Lilac Photo by: timorous

^ Lilac

These beautiful clusters of pink/mauve flowers cover the lilac shrub from late spring into mid-summer. The strong lavender-like scent can be noticed from quite a distance, if you happen to be downwind of it.

Japonica (Japanese Quince)  Photo by: timorous
Japonica (Japanese Quince) Photo by: timorous

^ Japonica (Japanese Quince)

This hardy perennial shrub produces these beautiful flowers briefly, in late spring. In late summer, it bears fruit. The quince fruit grows directly on the main stems, rather than hanging from their own stems. The stems have a number of sharp thorns, which makes picking the fruit, a challenge. The fruit is said to make a nice jam, although I’ve never tried. The raw fruit is rather bitter, as I recall.

Bachelor's Button (Cornflower)  Photo by: timorous
Bachelor's Button (Cornflower) Photo by: timorous

^ Bachelor’s Button (Cornflower)

This interesting wild flower (also called cornflower) is apparently an annual, although it must self-seed, as I’ve never had to plant them. Very good for attracting bees.

Climbing roses  Photo by: timorous
Climbing roses Photo by: timorous

^ Climbing Roses

Although this looks like a shrub rose, it’s actually just a prolific climber. This display of multiple blooms was exceptional for this rose bush, during the 6 years I spent at this house and garden. It usually produced only a few blooms once or twice and then nothing the rest of the season. This was a very good year, obviously.

Some kind of yellow annual.  Photo by: timorous
Some kind of yellow annual. Photo by: timorous

^ Yellow Flower (unknown variety)

I really don’t know the name of this beautiful annual. It sort of resembles a sunflower, but it’s not a dwarf sunflower, the flower head is about 6cm across, and has a short growth (15 cm tall) habit.

Go Green…Your Garden and your thumb…

Admiring these photos of nature’s handiwork is indeed soothing to the soul. However, you too can have beautiful flowers like these. Gardening is an excellent stress-buster. You needn’t worry about being an expert..learning is half the fun. You’ll be so proud of yourself, and mother nature will thank you. Go ahead..get your hands dirty.

All photos and content ©2011 by timorous+

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sofs 5 years ago

Beautiful once again, Tim. It is a pleasure to see these beauties. The oriental poppy, fuchsia and lilac are my favorites. Thanks for sharing. Keep the good work going!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Timorous, what amazing pictures. I'm bookmarking your hub so I can come back and get a reminder of what flowers look like... this winter seems to be dragging on exceptionally long (my opinion)

Thanks for sharing, voted up and beautiful

hope you're well


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello sofs. Always good to see you. Thanks for enjoying the beautiful flowers. Come back as often as you like (I promise I won't charge admission).

Zsuzsy. So nice to see you. Yeah, it'll be nice to see these flowers 'in the flesh' again, after a rather snowy, and long winter. I am well, and thanks for enjoying the pictures.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

How lovely! I really enjoy gardening too and I'm familiar with all of the beautiful flowers you have displayed here. Can't say I know that unnamed yellow annual however! I do admit that every time I visit a beautiful garden I come down with a case of "plant lust".


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

'plant lust'...I love it! Yes, I must admit I do admire a well-kept garden with a few rare plants. Thanks for dropping by to admire the garden once again, G.L. Cheers.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Tim-Beautiful photos of such lovely plants. Thanks for sharing. I love the lilac. Every year Mackinac Island, in Michigan, would hold a Lilac Festival. The who downtown and side street areas smell sweet with the fragrance.

How are you?


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

I'm fine, thank you Denise. Yeah, lilac is one of my favourites as well. It's my pleasure to share these beautiful creations of nature's bounty.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures that rated beautiful.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

You have a lovely garden. Thanks for sharing it.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello Fay. Nice to meet you in my garden. Doesn't it smell fabulous?


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

You have beauty growing in your garden and you take beautiful photographs, the first rose is just amazing and so is the oriental poppy, my favorite from this hub!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much manny. Yes, nature is quite spectacular sometimes.


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sofs 5 years ago

I was here again today, to relax and windup. It is beautiful to see your garden... the Lilac does not fail to impress me, I can almost smell them here.. mmmmmmm lovely. I am looking forward to a spring hub Tim...what do you say?


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings to you sofs. So glad to see you back here. Stay as long as you like..take in all the alluring scents.

Yes, there'll be a spring photo gallery, as soon as spring arrives...still waiting.


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fucsia 5 years ago

What lovely flowers!

I adore the sensation of tranquillity that these pictures give me...

Thanks for sharing your garden with us!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi fuscia. You're so right, they do provide a tranquility and a break from our hectic world. Thanks.


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Beautiful indeed what a bright colourful hub to cheer the spirits. Thank you for sharing.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

They do indeed cheer the spirits, D.A.L. Thanks for enjoying my garden pictures.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

I am in awe of these lovely photos and your garden timorous!I know what you mean by a short growing season.

You are quite an artist. Great Hub. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Wow, thanks very much A.CreativeThinker. I enjoy nature's beauty. I'm just giving back what I receive, and hope viewers get the same sense of awe at nature's work that I do.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi timorous, thank you for sharing your lovely garden with us, I love all these flowers, can't place that yellow one although I thought it looked a bit like a gazania, I especially love the orange poppy. Looking forward to seeing more.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi Movie Master. It's always a pleasure to share my garden with one and all. Yeah, I still don't know what the yellow flower is. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Check out my profile...there's a few more picture hubs. Thanks for becoming a follower as well.


Steven 5 years ago

Thank you for the beautiful photos - like a breath of fresh air. And as far as I'm concerned, a professional photographer could not have done better!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much Steven. I can't take all the credit though, mother nature did artistic work.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

Beautiful flowers and nice shots. I love flowers too...they inspire me and brightened my day.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thank you carolp. They certainly brighten my day too, even if it's dull and raining outside, I can look at these pictures, and that cheers me right up. :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

The lilac particularly caught my eye as I am hoping to plant one this year. Thanks for sharing beauty from your garden!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings RTalloni; Oh yes, you absolutely should plant a lilac. They are fairly slow growing, so you may not have any blooms for 2 or 3 years, but by 5 or 6 years it'll be about 5 feet tall and covered in blooms, if you care for it properly. Thanks for visiting.


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Mardi 4 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

What stunning photos! I love flowers and so admire your skills as a photographer. Thanks so much this brightened my day.


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thank you Mardi for admiring my photos, and becoming a follower as well. However, I must be modest and give Mother Nature most of the credit for the beauty on display here. Come again anytime you like.


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Absolutely beautiful, timorous! I will be back later to read more of your hubs. Voted across! :)


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much Suelynn. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm sure you'll enjoy my other hubs equally well.

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