Weekly Image of Life: Discovery~Dahlias

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”  ~Claude Monet

I have to wonder if Claude Monet had observed Dahlias when he made that remark!  Dahlias are my new discovery!   I’d always known they existed, but it was just recently that I became obsessive about them!

A blogger friend, Cee, has been a big influence for me in my “Dahlia Discovery”!  Cee loves Dahlias and takes gorgeous photos of these lovely flowers.  Here’s a link to a post on her blog with amazingly beautiful dahlia photography. Click here to see it.  Cee knows the names of the flowers and has been a dahlia fan for a long time.  Check out her blog!  Thanks, Cee!

Dahlias range from 2″ in diameter to over 10″ in diameter!

Beautiful multiple-petaled flowers smile in the sunshine.

Did you know that Dahlias were introduced in Europe at the end of the 18th century?

A bright and cheery yellow dahlia.

The dahlia is the Official Flower of Mexico, Seattle and San Francisco.

There are two pink dahlias in this photo. One is hiding behind the dahlia in the foreground.

Dahlias are in the same family as Chrysanthemums, and often are hard to tell apart.

Dahlia or Chrysanthemum? 😉

There are approximately 50,000 named varieties of Dahlias.

Without the use of my tripod or macro lens, besides taking photos in the middle of the day….I knew I was in for some iffy shots! But I was tickled Pink with this one. 😉

 “The Queen” ~in the middle of a garden, being “guarded” by other flowers!  I could not get close enough to take a clear photo.  However, I thought this dahlia was a stunning example of the species.

“The Queen”~so named by me~ 😉

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  ~Luther Burbank

The Weekly Image of Life post: Discovery, is brought to you by Island Traveler’s blog: “This Man’s Journey”.  Check out his post on Discovery, here, and join the rest of us…by telling us what you’ve discovered in your life.  Each Wednesday, Island Traveler will post a new challenge.  Come join the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Judy

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Helleborus, or Lenten Rose

The Lenten Rose, or Helleborus (commonly known as Hellebore) is an early blooming species.  There are many varieties of Hellebores.   The one I have blooms in March.  It’s an evergreen plant with flowers of deep purple.  The Lenten Rose is a lovely addition to a garden and a special treat when snow is still on the ground!

Read more about Lenten Roses from Wiki here.

Lenten rose.

The center of the flower has the most interesting "folded" green area.

Even the bud is cool looking!

The blooms sometimes hang down like bells.

I love the intricate center of the flowers.

Thanks for viewing my Lenten Rose!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Judy

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Spring’s Purple Frenzy!

Purple Snow Iris...

I should name this post: The Dance of the Purple Snow Iris, for the tiny flowers sway and shudder in the slightest breeze.  It makes it very hard to get a sharp image of them!
I found the setting sun in perfect alignment with the irises this evening, so I had fun trying to capture the evening light through the petals.
They may not be purple, but we have a few very early Viburnum buds that have opened into their second stage of growth.
We are enjoying temperatures in the 60-70F range this week.  An early gift of spring….but what could April bring??? 😉

Bread feeds the body indeed, but the flowers also feed the soul.
–  The Koran

Snow Iris petals backlit by the setting sun.

Snow Iris.

A viburnum bud that has opened into the pre-flower stage. This usually happens in early May.

 

Thanks for visiting my garden.  Come back again!

Judy

All text and images are copyright © 2002-2012 and are the exclusive property of Judy Johnson (unless otherwise indicated). All Rights Reserved. All Images are protected under United States and International copyright laws. None of the images on this site are in the Public Domain.