Bloom Day May 2013: Little Flowers From Afar

My Bloom Day theme is little flowers from afar, courtesy of the new 55-200 mm lens.
'Rhapsody in Blue'
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Little animals from afar too.
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The lizards have their spring breeding colors.  This one has touches of blue:
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Blue as well soon to appear on Agapanthus.  I love the smeary background the lens creates:
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Against a background of hot blue sky, only one seed pod on the Manfreda so far--hopefully from the 'Blue Glow' Agave pollen I dabbed all over it. 
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The Austin 'Falstaff' holds up to heat surprisingly well.
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'Pillow Fight' enjoys a little shade:
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A garden buddy gave me this pink Pelargonium she claimed was excellent.  She was correct.  
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The California poppies are finishing up:
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The Calandrinia is still going strong, with poppies smeared on the background for some orange complement. 
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The gorgeous thug, Salvia 'Black And Blue' is back:
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A white Gaura appeared from nowhere:
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Off theme, but my neighbor's 'Iceberg's need to be seen!
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Our 'Laguna' isn't so bad, either.  Clematis 'Perle d'Azur' in the foreground.
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Couldn't smear out the background of this little Fuchsia...
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...but the mulch behind Echeveria 'Imbricata' obliged.  
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Happy Bloom Day!  Head on to our host, MayDreams, for more May time flowers. 


  1. Gorgeous flowers dear Hoover,your garden is alive with colours and scents no doubt. I really like your rose "Pillow Fight", it is very pretty. Your new lens is doing a wonderful job in blurring and softening the background of your photos, very much like "Impressionism".
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. Thank you Dianne, you are always so kind...

  2. You make me like roses so much more than I ever thought possible. Your photography is wonderful--everything looks great!

    1. Thanks Heather, I find I like roses more than I thought I did!

  3. Wow, your new lens is treating you well. Those photos are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Good, I'm enjoying it a lot.

  4. Wow...great photography. The close-ups of the bee and lizard are amazing and nice blooms as well! The new camera lens is doing its job! Happy GBBD!

  5. 'Pillow Fight' looks like a great rose - and that is a great name! Im especially fond of whiTe flowers.

    1. It's actually my neighbor's, planted right next to my Aloes on the slope. It's got a fantastic spring flush, then not much after that, but no foliar disease, either.

  6. Congratulations on your new lens, I have a 55-250 mm lens on my wish list for my Canon EOS 600D camera, they are quite expensive though, but what a difference it makes when taking photos :-)

    Nice to see your garden again, haven't been here for a while, have been far too busy out in my own garden. Here in London it is still cold, colder than we had it January, and last night it snowed in large part of south-east England!! Here in London we just had an almighty hail storm for a few minutes, that was all. The weather is really strange so all I can do is admire other people's roses, it's going to be weeks before I have any amount of roses myself. And... 'Falstaff' is wonderful, would like to grow it in my garden if I had room for it :-)
    Take care, Helene.

    1. I saw all the work going on in your garden. It looks wonderful, despite your terrible weather. 'Falstaff' is pretty wimpy here, there might be room!

  7. Beautiful flowers and amazing photography! I see that you are growing your Perle d' Azur on shrubs. I also have a 'Perle' who might be happier left to sprawl. I enjoyed all of your photos!

    1. Thanks Dorothy. PdA was intended to grow on 'Laguna', but PdA decided 'Laguna' was too big and she went in another direction, which is okay with me. Don't you just adore that beautiful lavender blue color? Makes me swoon every year.

  8. Did you change your email address? I tried to send you some flower photos from London and they bounced. grrrr

    1. No, it's the same. And who said you could go to London?

  9. Your new camera adds a new dimension to your always splendid pictures.

  10. " only one seed pod on the Manfreda so far--hopefully from the 'Blue Glow' Agave pollen I dabbed all over it"
    How do you plant the seed pod? What will the hybrid look like?

    Always love your photography and your "eye" for subject. Now you've bumped it up a whole lot. Thanks!

  11. Nice bokeh as they say. Question? How strong is iceberg, I'm looking for a trailer. And yes black and blue salvias are thugs.

    1. 'Iceberg' is reportedly terrible in black spot country. Trailer in white? 'Seafoam' is a standard, but I've not seen a lot of affection declared for it. Have a look at 'Little White Pet', it will arch and flop. Tough, tough rose, some fragrance too.


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