Tuesday, March 11, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Hardy Cyclamen


If you are here for Wordless Wednesday please scroll down one post.

It is once again time for ABC Wednesday. I finally got back out in the garden and took a couple of pictures. ‘H’ is for Hardy Cyclamen. Which I featured on this post last year:
Hardy Cyclamen

I am glad to see that I shot it a little different this year. I see that the flower is blooming earlier than last year, which is a good thing. Originally when I started this blog I decided not to post the same plant again but found that to be self-limiting. I also wanted to take the pictures the week of the post but I have found I have been archive dipping quite a bit. I did take these first three yesterday which was a good thing. There is hardly anything blooming in the garden right now but plenty of things on the verge of blooming.

Hardy Cyclamen is a fun plant to have in the garden but you have to be patient. This is the spring blooming type, Cyclamen coum, which has smaller flowers than the fall blooming types. I had to get down on the ground to take this picture. It is still pretty cold and wet!


H is helper and Half Pint. This is my little friend, Lily; she makes sure nothing bothers me at work. She is a funny dog and is seen here standing on a 4-foot high stonewall. She goes everywhere on the Estate and is quite a trooper. It is kind of funny to see the two of us together. I am 6 foot 6 inches and she is about 5 inches. She thinks she is much bigger than that. Please excuse the condition of the garden behind Lily. I have a lot of work to do cleaning up.


Continuing my day at work I would have to call this a ‘H’azardous tree. It blew over a few weeks ago and the tree company is coming to take it down. It is about 50 feet tall and completely jammed into the top of a live tree (sorry not a wide enough lens to show the top). They going to climb up the live tree and cut out the dead one. I thought this better left to someone crazier than me. :lol:


Here is a picture that I took last fall of a Hoover fly (Toxomerus geminatus) on a Korean Chrysanthemum. I almost nailed it but feel the DOF could have been better.

I had a couple more ‘H’ pictures. Maybe I will post them later in the week.


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

You got some great photos for H! Half pint is so cute...

DeeMom said...

the fly is amazing color wise super “H” photos

Dogs by the by RULE

Patty said...

Love that last photo

Rainier & Katrina said...

love your shots! =p

Lana G! said...

Great pics especially the fly!

Leslie: said...

Wow! you must have a fantastic camera and be a pro photographer to get that shot of the Hoover fly (that I would think is a wasp).

Lynette said...

Hardy, what a wonderfully botanical word you've chosen for today. Love Lily, too--is she a standard or a miniature? I can't tell, what with the four-foot wall and all. Thanks!

VP said...

Hurrah for Cyclamen - one of my gavourites!

Kyanite said...

Really enjoyed your H's.
And your half-pint helper is cute.
I had to include an old photo of my dog too - long gone but not forgotten.

Anne-Berit said...

Many good choices for H here.Love your little dog,she is so cute.Come to my blog and have a look at my Titti:o)

Haydee said...

you just have these amazing photos to share and tell. Love them.

Daryl said...

Heck of a lot of Hs!

Pernille said...

Wonderful photos and a great choice for the letter H!
Have a nice day:)

Andrea said...

A lot of nice "H" photo's today.

Anonymous said...

I always love you photos.You are good!
Happy WW!

Dragonstar said...

Great shots! The cyclamen is beautiful - my mother loved that flower.

Your Half-pint Helper is obviously a Huge character!

Liz Hinds said...

THose are great photos for H!

Neva said...

I love your little helper friend...too cute!!! You do an awful of gardening.....lovely!

KML said...

Have never seen a purple cylamen before - beautiful!

Kerri Farley said...

Wow....these are FANTASTIC shots! Love that Hover Fly! I DO think you nailed it!!

Lila Rostenberg said...

very good "h" words! beautiful flower.

Katney said...

You are doing for the garden what I am doing for the meadows.

Anonymous said...

WoW..some very beautifully captured shots...Excellent!

Marie said...

Great post! Beautiful flower photos!

Sandy Kessler said...

Korean Chysanthemum does it for me - and that budding cyclamen How old is Lily??

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by. Lily is the garden owners dog and she is a mini that is 10 years old.