Queen of the Prairie

18 06 2012

Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra), photographed at Green Spring Gardens. Also known as Meadowsweet, this perennial plant blooms June-July and is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae). A medicinal and ornamental plant, it is native to the U.S. but rare in Virginia. It is hardy to zones 3-6, prefers moist soil, and is a great choice for naturalizing.

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Ornamental onion

18 06 2012

Ornamental onion (Allium senescens), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Blooming in my garden: Bashful shasta

18 06 2012

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…7, 8, 9, 10. Ready or not, here I come!

18 06 2012

Michael P. and I must confess—we’ve become a little obsessed with photographing Red milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetraophthalmus). They’re easy to spot (always found on any form of milkweed), stay pretty still for their photo ops and engage in myriad poses for us. At Green Spring Gardens this afternoon we found a plethora of them to photograph. In this shot, the top bug didn’t seem to know that the other bug was beneath the leaf (at least that’s what we surmised) because when he tried to go around the leaf, he seemed startled and pushed the bottom bug off!

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Gladiola tunnel

18 06 2012

A Spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) emerges from a gladiola tunnel in the late afternoon light

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They paved paradise, put gladiolas in the parking lot…

18 06 2012

After dinner this evening, we found several clusters of lovely gladiolas (in five different colors) blooming in a tiny parking lot strip (only about 3 feet deep by 12 feet wide) of a local Thai restaurant in Springfield. Michael R. held the diffuser for Michael P. and me so we could get some shots of these beauties. He also served as traffic lookout because we had to stand beside the curb in an increasingly busy intersection to get the shots!

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Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lolli-Lolli-Lolli

18 06 2012

Blooming in my garden: Globe thistle (Echinops ritro). My friend and neighbor, Michael P. (a.k.a. “Grasshopper,” since he’s my newest photography protégé), loves to come over to my garden in evening after he gets off of work. It’s usually way past the time that I would shoot, but he manages to get some decent shots despite the low light levels. This afternoon, Michael and I invited him to join us for a field trip over to Green Spring Gardens, followed by dinner. By the time we got back to our neighborhood, it was close to 8:00 and he began shooting in my front yard. I joined him, although it went against my nature to continue shooting in that low of light. I was surprised that I could get some decent shots (of course, I’ve got the D300 pumped up to 1000+ ISO to get them) of my Globe thistle and Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum). Earlier in the week, Michael R. had tied up the thistle because they were drooping and in doing so, he created this little lollipop skyline. I love the whimsical Dr. Seuss-ian look of it! More to come…

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