I have decided to join the blogging craze. I am looking forward to taking a moment to find out a little more about the plants I have been photographing. I hope to explore all aspects of plants, flowers, trees and other garden related topics. Sorry about having to watermark the photos but there are a lot of people using them without permission.
It’s kind of whacky picture day here at Digital Flower
Pictures.com. I was just going through some old shots and found a couple that I
liked. The weather here today is terrible and it was fun to look back at some
travel pictures. The first one is from the world famous Tucson Botanical Garden. The structure had some tender plants inside. I would recommend a visit
if in the area.
Common Coral Tree Erythrina lysistemon
Synonyms: Cry Baby Tree, Lucky Bean Tree
This is just an oddball shot of this tree blooming in San
Diego, California. They were all over Hawaii too, especially the big island.
The color contrasted nicely here.
Hybrid Tea Rose ‘Brandy’
Registration name: AROcad
Breeder: Swim and Christensen
Parentage: First Prize X Golden Wave
Awards: 1982 AARS Award winner
This has been a great variety of rose. The weather here
somewhat cooperated with rose growing last season. By the looks of it the
winter won’t be too harsh on them either. I will probably go out and check
today as some of the bushes maybe waking up. I have noticed several plants
whose buds are starting to swell. I like to remove the heavy mulch from roses
as they emerge. There are a couple of Witch Hazels (Hamamelis)
in full bloom now and they seem to be fairly reliable for February bloom here
in Connecticut. The recent really cold temperatures didn’t seem to have a great
effect on their floral show.
The second photo here caught an interloper on one of the
petals. An adult spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), which I
didn’t realize was such a pest. It chews up the flowers, leaves and pollen of many
species of plants, particularly loving members of the Sunflower family. There
is usually minimal damage unless present in large numbers.