Bloom Bonanza

Despite forcing myself not to carry my camera around to prevent what happened here, I still managed to take sneak some (what I think are) beautiful photographs in.

I have seen a lot of "weeds" (plants growing in areas where they weren't intentionally placed) around DC, and what I think is a geranium is one of the most common, although it doesn't exactly thrive. Seeing these flowers made me pause--they don't look like any Geranium flowers that I have Googled! Maybe they are just young yet, but I can't figure out what they are, except for cute.

I found this flower to be attractive, but I can't tell why. It looks kind of like a winged fairy to me. Or maybe that flying teddy bear thing, Keroberos, from Card Captor Sakura.

These mums were red-rust coloured, but the photos don't do them justice. I couldn't determine if they were more red or brown, but I found them to be interesting!

I have photographed another Cosmos recently, but this one seemed to beckon, almost reaching for the sky with arms outstretched in light-loving glory. Also, it was right near what I think are the Geraniums.

Here's a close-up of a pink Crepe Myrtle tree. We have these everywhere (I think most places do).

This is Pontederia dilatata, or "Royal Pickerel," which is native to North America. It's in the koi pond at the National Arboretum. I got to look at it while at a volunteer picnic/moonlit tour on Monday night.

This is a leaf of a pitcher plant that is near the koi pond at the National Arboretum. I love the deep purple venation offset by the pale intervenal areas. The leaves themselves almost look like crazy flowers, but really they're just death traps! If you click on the photo, a larger version will open in a new window, and you can see the fine hairs that help to prevent insects from escaping.

Here is a flower from the same pitcher plant. I find its structure to be odd, but who am I to judge Nature's creations? The colours, at least, are wonderful.

I don't know what these succulents are (there wasn't a tag that I saw), but I love how the flowers droop to form a heart shape! It's like the plant is saying "Mr. Indoor Garden(er), I heart you!"

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5 Responses to Bloom Bonanza

  1. The succulents in that last picture look like Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy' to me.

    I think the second picture is a New Guinea Impatiens of some kind, though I've never seen one that had double-lobed petals like that before. Awfully cool.

  2. Oh, and -- when I tried to grow Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy' inside, they never once indicated that they loved me. It was a messy breakup.

  3. We get a lot fo Geranium here in random spots, because it is about the only thing that will survive! Lovely other plants.

  4. Great pictures! I especially like the succulents.

  5. Mr. S, thanks for the IDs! I take plant love where I can get it--this Echeveria was tossing it out left and right, like candy, so I couldn't refuse it. And the impatiens... I like this one. The more and more I look at Kero, the more I like the flower. I'm a geek.



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