Hangin’ Around

At the Hidden Lake Gardens, these are some shots that qualify for the title.

We had to wait for the gates to be unlocked.

We had to wait for the gates to be unlocked.

Columbine

Columbine

columbineweb

Bleeding Heart

Fuchsia

bleedingheart

My Favorite

My Favorite

The Hope of Spring

The conservatory at Hidden Lake Gardens has a modest collection of flowers from various climates in three different rooms. During a recent visit the amaryllis were the star of the show. My friend Jill and I both felt a renewed hope in the not-too-distant emergence of Spring flowers. Here are a few shots from the conservatory.

very red

orange

red

Lt red

water lily

Water Lily and Ripples

Irish Redheads

This variety of cactus is called “Irish Redhead”.

Flowers: Wild and Roadside

My photoblogger friend Pat and I finally got a break in the weather. It was a gorgeous day to meander down gravel roads and a few less-traveled paved roads. These photos are all from that day of both wild flowers and some planted roadside flowers. Which one is your favorite?
blue
magenta
orangeandred
poppy
purpleandyellow
redandwhite2
waves
yellowjoy
butterfly
finale

A Butterfly, a Flower, and an Invader

Our flower garden is exhibiting quite a bit of color these days. Here are a few shots I liked.

Butterfly and Pine

Butterfly and Pine


Lily

Lily


A Closer Look

A Closer Look


An Invader!

An Invader!

Mom’s Garden

Jo and I had a chance to celebrate my mom’s 83rd birthday with her in upstate New York. She lives on a large corner lot and cares for multiple flower gardens. In the Spring she has over 1200 daffodils and when they fade away dead heads them all! Here are images from her gardens.
delicate
climatis
contrast
daisys
tight
purpleblue
trio
lily
withbug
hbird flight

In the Conservatory

For those familiar with the game of Clue (“in the conservatory with a candlestick, by Mrs. White”), you know what a conservatory is; a room with lots of glass in the walls and roof. Often these rooms are filled with plants. Hidden Lake Gardens has a very nice 3-room conservatory on their grounds that houses many plants not native to Michigan, as well as a few perennials. This blog features some of my favorite flower photos. My next blog will focus on leaves. Please enjoy.
pink
bird of paradise
pansy
red down
trio
cactus and bug

Sights of Spring

Hidden Lake Gardens, near Tipton, Michigan is a 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum operated by Michigan State University. Yesterday fellow photoblogger Pat and I pranced (okay, so neither of us prance anymore, we ambled) through the woods trying to capture some of the sights of early spring. Here are some of my favorite shots from yesterday.
daffytrio
daffywhite
bees
blue
trees

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