I’m trying to close out the June flowers before I fall too far behind. You see, this is turning out to be not a bad year for flowers, so it’s not unusual for me to grab the camera and walk out for a few quick photos . . . well, except for the”few” part . . . and it’s seldom quick.
Let’s get started (warning: long post ahead) . . . I will be grouping the flowers by type, which is not how I usually present my photos. Whether anyone ever noticed or not, the photos I post are usually in chronological order.
Let’s begin with the clematis plant that flowers early (it’s nearly done right now, while the others are full of buds, but no flowers).
Some might recognize the above as eventually ending up like THIS. I plan to harvest the seeds again for another B&W series.
This variety is very striking against the fence and, in my opinion, prettier than the other clematis plants I have.
Depending how mature they are, the flowers get different looks . . . .
The part I like the best, of course, is the center. . .
As I said before, I missed the peak of the columbines, but I did manage to catch a few of the stragglers and late-blooming plants.
As far as visually striking flowers, these still catch my eye, even from a distance . . .
They have a weird name and one of these days I’ll remember to get it before I start writing the post.
Oh, OK (walks out to the pots and plantings . . . walks back in) . . . Gazania.
This next one is also striking, I think it’s the same, but I’m not sure . . .
Speaking of yellow flowers, not too many this year. We went mostly red, pink, purple, orange . . . the only other yellow we have are the Stella D’Oro Lilies (but we have a lot of them).
They are just beginning to bloom, and they are a bit overcrowded. I was going to split them earlier in the season, but now we’ll wait until the fall.
The zinnias are still interesting to me, although they are the smaller variety, and we would have preferred the larger versions.
Lots of buds all over the place, so I anticipate a decent season, and more opportunities ahead.
The Gaillardia Arizona Sun plants are doing well, full of flowers spanning the range from buds to seed balls. Here’s a few shots
We were gone a week or so in late June, visiting family and stuff. When we left the peony plant in our front yard was full of buds. While we were gone, they exploded into bloom.
I don’t recall this plant having this many blooms on it last year (although there were many).
These next two shots are of chives . . . right before I cut them down (they usually flower again). I try and remember to cut them down once they go to seed, otherwise they will take over everything (they are already in more places than I want).
They look like the same shot – they are not.
The verbena are doing well as always. We have different colors, but this post only has red to share.
The wild geraniums are starting to go to seed, but at the time I shot these, they bush was full of flowers.
By the way, as usual you can click on the image for a larger version in a new tab or window. You can also go to the Smugmug album HERE for the full size versions of the photos (there are a few more in the album than presented here).
In the past few years the Dianthus did not fare as well as we would have liked, but this year they went pistil-out, and all the plants are doing pretty well . . .
They sure have a lot of flowers and buds . . .
I’m not sure what this next one is. Looks like a type of verbena, but it’s not clumped like verbena . . . I’m calling it Dave. No! Wait . . . Belinda! Yeah, that sounds better; Belinda.
This next plant is a bit annoying . . . I mean, it’s beautiful, resembling miniature snapdragons, but it’s obviously not related . . .
Could be a variation of Lobelia, Linaria, or Angelonia, but the photos online really suck (I should get a job providing closeups for identification sites). Most of what I saw had various parts that did not match (number of petals, foliage, details on flower).
I thought I remember seeing something like ‘angelini’ because I remember thinking it was close to the Italian word for ‘small angels’. Unfortunately, I can’t find the dang plant label (very annoying, especially since I also thought I snapped a photo of it).
I don’t generally get responses when I ask (few people read these posts), but if anyone does recognize it, please leave me the name in the comments. Here’s another close-up.
This next shot has something I know, and something I don’t know . . .
I don’t know the names of the flowers in the foreground . . . the one in the back (here’s a closer look) . . .
. . . I previously called ‘miniature petunias’, but that’s not even close . . . I have two baskets of them, one red, one orange, and the plant is calibrachoa.
Ans speaking of petunias . . . they too are doing very well.
And this brings me to our geraniums . . .
We got mostly pink, although we have a few red plants.
And . . .
That’s right . . . one of the first insects I captured this year (there be many more to come).
HOWEVER . . . this too is giving me headaches.
At first I thought it was a Drone Fly, but the markings are wrong, and the abdomen does not look at hairy as it should. Then I thought it might be a Yellow-jacket Fly, but again, markings are different, and too much hair on the thorax.
It took me a while top track this one down . . . Scaeva pyrastri, male.
The little bastard cost me nearly 45 minutes of searching, and it’s not in any of my bug books because it is a European species of Hoverfly.
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