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Fun with New Lenses

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I’ve been pining after new lenses for quite a while now, and finally pulled the trigger. I bought an upgrade for my daily use lense and a macro lense for the closeups.

The last few days I’ve been playing around with them. I have the Garden Bloggers Fling in DC a week from Thursday, so needed to get used to my new daily lense.

Here are a few of my favorites …

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Milkweed Vine. Until yesterday, I thought the center was a little silver ball.

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From the windflower meadow. I need to find the name of this one.

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Horsemint with sweat bee

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Tiny Kitten

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Carl … it’s the concrete driveway, not snow

 

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It wasn’t intentional, but somehow my back garden became almost entirely purple. I get some columbine in the spring, and some turk’s cap and betony are currently blooming, but other than that, all shades of purple.

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Buddleia — Seems “Royal Red” is purple

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Coneflowers

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Winecup

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Greg’s Mistflower

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Lamb’s Quarters

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Ruelia Nudiflora – Native Petunia

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Larkspur … in July??

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Fall Obedient Plant — in July?

Can’t believe I have Larkspur and Fall Obedient Plant blooming simultaneously

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Bloom Day 4/15/15

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Later blooming cemetery iris

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First of the larkspur

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Abutilon

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Anacacho Orchid Tree

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Cinco de Mayo — one of my favs

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Roses — Belinda’s Dream, Livin Easy, Marie Pavie, Marie Daley, Rise N Shine, Grandma’s Yellow, Marie Gonzales, Cinco De Mayo, Mystery Red, Mutabalis, Little Buckaroo (only one not blooming yet), and Peggy Martin

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View of the pool bed. Bicolor iris should be blooming by the weekend.

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Bluebonnets

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Hot Lips Salvia and Society Garlic

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Not red yucca — deer found them all

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More of the late blooming Iris that I transplanted to the front

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California Poppy — close up from the pool bed

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Bulbine — from the pool bed as well

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Columbine — amazing this year

Also blooming — Autumn Sage, Purple Lantana, Betony (going crazy), Blue Eyed Grass, Mexican Honeysuckle, All types of Wildflowers

Thanks to MayDreamsGarden for hosting.

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All Bees Welcome

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After a very long winter (by Texas standards), Spring has finally arrived!

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The bulbs … Tulips, Narcissus and Hyacinths

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Irises

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Front bed — Betony and Lantana. Nestled up against the house, this lantana bloomed all winter

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Bluebonnets — mine are a little late, but coming along

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Wisteria

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My first Mountain Laurel bloom ever!

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Yucca Bloom

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The veggies — tomatoes and peppers are planted. A few winter veggies are still going, and I’m letting things bolt for the bees

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Citrus

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Even the chickens know it is spring. Here are two sitting on eggs. One is using an old rabbit nesting box. We’ll have to keep an eye on her, as she’s about  feet up in the air.

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New Flower Bed

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Summer is winding down, and my computer situation is all fixed, so time to start blogging again.

I’ve been unhappy with the back yard. It just needed something. I thought about a patio, but after having my ideas priced out, I realized that wasn’t a good option. Also, I wanted to stick with a natural look. I had been expanding the beds around the trees, but they still just seemed undersized. Finally I decided to connect all of the beds together.

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I also added different sections of stepping stones. The Great Outdoors recently starting stocking these great aggregate stones in various shapes/sizes.

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The turkeys flew over the fence to  critique my mulching technique.

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Of course Carl wasn’t to be left out of the fun.

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I’m also edging out the iris bed to fully enclose the grass.

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This section still needs to be weeded and stepping stones added.

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New bed from another angle.

Plants in the new bed so far: Royal Red Butterfly Bush (which is not red – but purple), coneflowers, mint marigold, firecracker fern, red salvia, new gold lantana, bat-face cuphea, betony

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My back garden is dominated by the larkspur. I should thin it out to let other plants thrive, but they are so pretty I can’t bring myself to do it!

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Narrow Leaf Coneflower – The only one I seem to have luck with

The Natives are Restless

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Native Prickly Pear

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Frog Fruit

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Blanketflower

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Mexican Hat – My favorite

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Milkweed Vine

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Sunflowers – Popping up everywhere

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No idea what this little guy is, but the clear petals are very unique

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Finishing off with my new yard art!

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April 2014 Bloom Day

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After two hail storms in a week and a dip into the 30s last night, I’m happy that anything is blooming at all. To show just what a crazy spring it’s been, I looked at last years bloom day pics and found all the same blooms for 3/15. I hope summer follows spring and is a month behind this year too. Wishful thinking!

Thanks to Carol from May Dreams for hosting Bloom Day.

Roses

Livin Easy

Livin Easy

Martha Gonzales

Martha Gonzales

Bulbs

Clusiana Tulips

Clusiana Tulips

Narcissus

Narcissus

Had to go into the greenhouse for this one

Satsuma

Satsuma

Wildflowers

Prairie Rose

Pink Primrose

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

Back Yard

Cemetery Iris

Cemetery Iris

California Poppy

California Poppy

Possumhaw Holly

Possumhaw Holly

Columbine

Columbine

A few new additions from this past weekend

Samantha Lantana

Samantha Lantana

LIlac Hibiscus

Lilac Hibiscus

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