FLOWER OF THE DAY: MACROS – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – October 13, 2018


I have an interesting relationship with my macro lens. Sometimes, I love it to pieces. When it decided to work, it is perfection.

Macro lenses are kind of touchy. They may focus where you want them to focus — or they may focus where they feel they should focus.

GOLDENROD, BEES, AND SPIDERS – Marilyn Armstrong

Goldenrod, a Bee, and a Spider


The goldenrod is blooming and it’s lovely. I can hardly stop sneezing when I’m near it, but a long lens really helps a lot. Although to be fair, nothing entirely stops the sneezing, the gritty eyes, and the hoarse voice. They come with the territory of pollen.

Whoever said “allergies don’t make you sick” never had allergies.

Goldenrod, spider, and a bee …
Goldenrod 

FUCHSIA – PERFECTLY PINK – Marilyn Armstrong

FUCHSIA – PERFECTLY PINK – Marilyn Armstrong


And from now to the end of the month, it will be fuchsia. I have a lot in different colors, at different stages of development … and I love them.

Fuchsia
More pink and purple and white – Fuchsia

FUCHSIA – DARK VIOLET WITH WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

FUCHSIA – DARK VIOLET WITH WHITE


And from now to the end of the month, it will be fuchsia. I have a lot in different colors, at different stages of development … and I love them.

Macro fuchsia – Dark violet and white

A FEW MORE DAYLILIES – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – Daylilies

They are beginning to wilt a bit. There are more buds, so we aren’t going to run out of daylilies quite yet. Nonetheless, when you look at the garden, you can see the difference. Lots more wilted lilies, many of them going to seed.

Nearly perfect daylily

The big mass of red roses is beginning to fade too. But unlike the daylilies, the roses will keep coming back all summer. Not with the same massive blanket-like enthusiasm of this month, but there will still be roses until winter’s frost arrives.

BLOOMING BEGONIAS: BACK PORCH BEAUTIES – Marilyn Armstrong

Flowers of My Day – The Big Basket of Begonias

Lacking fuchsias, this summer’s deck flowers are a ruffled hanging geranium and its elegant companion, a rich pink begonia.

Not quite a real macro, though using a macro lens

Both plants would probably be happier — or perhaps more enthusiastic — if they had more direct sun. Nonetheless, they seem to have settled for dappled sun and a hefty dose of water.

More macros

Unlike my indoor plants which have to beg me for a drink, the outdoor hanging plants get watered daily when the weather is warm and sunny. They are watered every second day if it’s cool and cloudy and of course not at all when it is raining.

The hardest part of shooting these was getting an angle where the sun wasn’t burning out the color on half the plant. It would be easier if I had a longer reach and could shoot downward.

Both of the hanging plants are doing surprisingly well. Lots of deadheads to clear away. Those are difficult for me to reach. It isn’t arthritis. I’m just so awfully short.

We are having a heat spell right now and the intensity of the sun makes the flowers appear to glow from within.

GERANIUMS WILL GROW ANYWHERE – Marilyn Armstrong

FLOWERS OF THE DAY – HANGING GERANIUMS

I was wondering how well the geraniums would do on our deck since we don’t have a lot of sunshine. Answer? Fine, thank you. I grew geraniums like this in Israel in full and incredibly hot sun … and they will also grow here, in dappled shade.

I guess you can grow these pretty much anywhere. I haven’t tried growing them inside and I suspect that probably wouldn’t work out. But you never know.

The whole plant on one of our sunny days
Macro time!
Not the favorite flower for bees. They prefer the begonia and the wildflowers in the front garden.