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Buds - A Photo Gallery of Unopened Flower Buds

Updated on February 24, 2014

Unopened Flower Bud Photos

Photo 1 - One of my favorite colors of pink.  These are geraniums.  So bright and cheerful.
Photo 1 - One of my favorite colors of pink. These are geraniums. So bright and cheerful. | Source
Photo 2 - Asters, I believe.
Photo 2 - Asters, I believe. | Source
Photo 3 - Chrysanthemums, I believe.
Photo 3 - Chrysanthemums, I believe. | Source
Photo 4 - Yellow Flour o' clock flowers.
Photo 4 - Yellow Flour o' clock flowers. | Source
Photo 5
Photo 5 | Source

Buds - A Critical Stage of the Flower

Where would we be without flower buds? They are often a thing of beauty in themselves, depending on the stage of the particular flower. These pictures are to celebrate the flower bud, without which we would have no flowers.

We wait for the flowers in full bloom to enjoy, but we need not wait. Notice the colors and designs shown here, that either disappear later in the bloom stage, or change altogether the look of the flower. These plants need continual nourishment and enough moisture to keep the flower going until it blooms. There is nothing worse than finding some blooms that have died, because they couldn't get past a dry stage, or for some other reason. To see any of my smaller photos in a larger format, just click on the photo itself.

Photos of Different Flower Blooms

Photo 1 - This color of pink has to be one of my all time favorites. The combination of brightness of the color and the richness really catch my eye. They look great in the garden. These are geranium flower buds. I love them even at this stage!

Photo 2 - These are purple asters, if I am not mistaken. You can get a hint of the bright golden yellow center that will emerge as the petals open up. For now, they look like just a pretty purple color, with silvery foliage. The stem even has a unique color here.

Photo 3 - Mums, as in chrysanthemums. Aren't these a pretty color as well? I guess its no secret I get excited about flowers. Anyway, this photo captures some open and closed. In the Midwest, and I am sure elsewhere, these are so popular in the fall, or autumn. Great flowers for keeping blooms going through to the beginning of winter.

Photos 4 & 6 - These are both four o'clock flowers. They are bright, and I love them in the garden! The second one, photo 6 shows how tightly closed the buds get. If you have never grown these, I would highly recommend it, as they are a very fun flower that put on quite a show in my opinion.

Photo 5 - The beloved hydrangea flowering bush. I know of so many people that love hydrangeas. They are perfect for the somewhat shay part of a garden and can grow to be quite impressive in size! These hydrangeas are only starting to open here. I love the pinks, blues and purples these flowers come in. Even white and lace capped hydrangeas are so beautiful.

Photo 7 - Such an interesting flower bud to me! I love zinnias, its no secret. This is an unopened zinnia flower, about to open to its bold and bright bloom. One of the more interesting buds that I grow in my garden.

Photo 8 - The hibiscus flower bud looks rather different from the final bloom it will become. It also has an interesting and elongated bud that opens into a very glorious and big flower! I love them. The colors on just this one bud are amazing to me, but then with nature, it doesn't take much to impress me.

** My hope here in part, is to inspire some to enjoy every stage of the flowers that we grow and see in gardens. Keep an eye out for an unopened bloom that looks extra interesting in design or color. They are little works of art in and of themselves.**

Photo 6
Photo 6 | Source

Zinnia Bud

Photo 7
Photo 7 | Source
Photo 8
Photo 8 | Source


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, Sallybea! I really appreciate your comment.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years ago from Norfolk

      oceansunsets Love the bokeh effect on your images. Really lovely!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much, Phoenix! I truly appreciate your comment. :) Have a great week.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Amazing Macro or close up photographs!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ann! I think you and I have some things in common then! I love what you said, and I can tell you are a flower lover too. :) So happy you enjoyed the hub, it puts a smile on my face. Have a beautiful day.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      OH, I could eat them! I'd smell everyone everyday, Oceans. Beautiful.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Movie Master, thank you so very much! I really appreciate the votes and your visit here. I am a sucker for the geranium myself, as I love the little design of the buds and the color. So glad you like them too.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fabulous photos I love them all, my favourite is the geranium.

      Thank you for this treat, voting up/beautiful

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Giocatore, thank you very much! You made my day, and I appreciate your visit and vote and comment. Have a great day.

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      Jim Dorsch 

      6 years ago from Alexandria, VA

      Beautiful pics! Up, following, SHARING.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Agreenworld, thank you very much! I love how they look when closed and in full bloom. Thanks for your kind words and comment, I really appreciate it.

      Hi Silver Poet, that is so neat to hear how you were always interested in drawing, painting and observing flower buds. I think that is awesome. I like to see art like that.

      Hello Mary! Thank you so much, and I always enjoy your visits to my hubs. Glad you voted and visited tonight. Goodnight to you.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I always enjoy your Hubs, and look forward them! I voted this one UP, etc. I always like the Hibiscus when it's in bud. Good night.

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      Silver Poet 

      6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I was always interested in drawing, painting, and observing flower buds. Thanks for sharing your viewpoint. It was a treat.

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      Dawn A. Harden 

      6 years ago from CT-USA

      Amazing pictures. Some of these are just as beautiful closed as when they are in full bloom. Great photography.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Gail, thank you very much for your comment and visit and votes. I love to see these flowers in photos in the winter. The fully bloomed hibiscus flowers are just stunning, I love those also. I'm so happy you stopped by, thank you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Very cool hub about flower buds. You have a great eye for fine details and I really enjoyed these photos. Number 8 is my favorite and I also love fully bloomed hibiscus flowers.

      Thanks for allowing us to see nature's bounty through your finely tuned eyes.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Debbie, I am right there with you. I really am looking forward to spring also! Thank you for the vote and visit to my flower bud hub.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Love your beautiful pictures.. Now I really want it to be spring.. LOL.. great hub.

      voted way up


    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Dave, than you very much! Its fun to see some flowers in the winter for me also. The mums do bring such joy when all others have gone or almost gone.

      Hi Kathy, thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. Glad to help brighten a grey day! You brought a smile to my face, thanks.

      Hello Faceless, thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words and visit to my flower bud hub.

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      Kate P 

      6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up and beautiful. Absolutely exquisite photography. Lovely!

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      Kathy Sima 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are such beautiful photos. This hub is a great reminder that there is beauty in all stages of the flower, not just when they are fully opened. I will be sure to take a closer look at my flowers before they open this year - and take more photos of the buds. Thanks for brightening up this grey day!

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      David Stillwell 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      What a nice little treat to have on a winters day. I have of late taken a shine to the mums. They seem to bloom later in the season here and when everything else is practically gone... there are the mums. Another great hub oceansnsunsets! It is full of detail and delight.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Eddie, this is an excellent tip on digging up hibiscus in the fall! I will probably use this advice, and I would have never thought of that myself. Thanks for sharing how to make the job easier.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Here's a tip for you If you want to dig up your Hibiscus in the fall. Before you plant your new Hibiscus, cut off the bottom of the pot you buy it in, then just pant it with the remaining pot intact. This will allow the plant to drink the ground water but will stop the roots from growing horizontally, they will only grow down, it makes it easy to dig up in the fall and you wont have to worry about your pots drying out on hot days :)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Eddie, thank you very much for your comment and visit to my buds hub. I love both of those flower your mentioned. I grow the larger and more hardy hibiscus flowers that grow to be the size of a medium plate! It does put on a great show, and I look so forward to seeing it bloom each and every summer. My other hibiscus just died, but I may dig them up in the fall in the future or leave them in pots.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nice crisp and clear pictures, good job on the description as well. I grow the Hibiscus tree every summer and have to dig it up in the fall, I also have the dinner plate Hibiscus that is hardy for my climate, but is very fickle about where it's planted but puts on a great show. Good hub oceansnsunsets, voted up and beautiful :)


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