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Monday, April 21, 2014

Continuous Bloom: Think Pink April 21, 2014

Welcome to my Monday post, today I am linking with-

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

Nature's Footsteps/Catching Light meme hosted by Nature's Footsteps Inspiring Photography

First a peek at what my camera could manage of the total eclipse of April 15, 2014, first of a tetrad of total eclipses coming up this year and next, a prophetically significant event.   I couldn't see the second half of the eclipse when the light was returning because of clouds-

Some flower colors that go beautifully with pink, the true blue of Gentiana angustifolia from the Hortlandia sale, see the post on blue flowers in my garden as well-

The bright orange of Geum 'Totally Tangerine'-

In my quest for Continuous Bloom, I have found pink to be an ubiquitous flower color shade, most involving various degrees of magenta, which pigment in flowers is derived from anthocyanin, a flavonoid that actually has antioxidant health benefits as a color pigment in purple fruits.  Carotenoids can add  yellow or orange shading.  Some yellow roses, as well some white flowers such as Anemone nemorosa, build up magenta as they fade, to see the white stage and some wild pink flowers, go here-


My native white Trillium ovatum also turns magenta pink to purple, I love the clumps, which are like big bouquets, originally April 7-

And now-

The small ground cover Bellis perennis, usually white, sometimes with magenta as well on the 1/2" 1.5cm daisy-like flowers, on creeping plants that multiply slowly-

The delicate blooms of the wonderful ground cover Geranium macrorrhizum are blooming now, this evergreen conifer-scented plant spreads incredibly in dry shade-

Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker' also blooms pink, it remains a small rounded shrub after 12 years, with deep green glossy leaves that look good year round, here with my late Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'-


The next big bloom machine is my yard are the Columbines, coming soon, which spread by self-sowing and can be double or single, tall or dwarf.   Here is a bud, typical Columbine spurs at the top-

And here is a pink double that is opening now-

I hope those of you in the Northeast US will soon recover from the grip of unseasonable cold weather and be able to enjoy your long-awaited spring.     Hannah

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45 comments:

  1. Thanks you for commenting on my post for Easter:) Love your captures of the Trillium and the columbine especially!

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  2. Thanks, I'm looking forward to the magic of the Columbine blooms. The Trilliums are a delight since I had nothing to do with their growing and placement in my yard, and the deer are leaving them alone again.

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  3. Oh Hannah,

    You should frame some of these. Of course, I love the blue blooms best! Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Sally, I featured blue already.

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  4. Pretty flowers in pretty colors! Have a great week ;)
    Joy at Books and Life

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    1. Thanks, Joy, I'm hoping to get more plants in the ground, I am looking at a lot of rain in the next week or more.

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  5. A beautiful variety of colours in these flowers. Love the orange and the blue especially.

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    1. Thanks, Gemma, I'm trying to feature a different color each week.

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  6. gret shot of the moon. Congrats to that. Then a lot of nice flowers. I hopw your columbines turn out fine. I have some on my balcony but no buds yet.

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    1. Thanks, and thanks for hosting. The Columbines usually make me feel like in live in a Hobbit garden.

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  7. Always a treat to see what is blooming on one's garden. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I just love spring.

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, it's fun to find flowers to photograph.

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  9. Your Trillium is amazing! I wonder if it could live in my garden - I just have to see if I can find it over here!
    And the genziana blue - well - nothing can beat that colour!

    Thank you for nice words about my plant markers. I've got 22 more of them, waiting for the kiln!

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    1. My Trilliums are hardy USDA zones 4-9, I think they have equivalent zones mapped out for other countries? Your plant markers are very pretty.

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  10. Herrliche Blumen blühen in deinem Garten !
    Schöne Woche,
    Luis

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    1. Thanks, Luis, I enjoyed your beautiful silver-banded blue glass egg.

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  11. Wonderful photos, I love these wonderful flowers!

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  12. What great flowers! I like the little blooms for some reason. Spring has sprung at your house!

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    1. Thanks, Betty, I'm enjoying them, and got some planting done yesterday.

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  13. oh i love your walk on the wild side!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, I enjoy the little pockets of wild plants that were left on my property by the previous owners, most of it they turned into grass. And I have a little patch of natural woods left as well.

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  14. You were so lucky getting a pic of the moon..clever too of course;) I like your Totally Tangerine pic very much..thanks for sharing with Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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    1. It was difficult, I bought a camera that doesn't really have manual focus so I was dependent on the focusing mechanism of the camera, and should have used a tripod but held the camera against a post on our deck. I was pleased to get some shots though. The Geums like Totally Tangerine that I bought as plants bloom earlier and have shorter bloom stalks than the ones I grew from seed. I noticed new varieties of Geum are really multiplying. I will have more next week.

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  15. Beautiful flowers ...the trillium is my favorite, but all are wonderful. And that's the reddest moon shot I've seen..you really caught it beautifully. Thanks for sharing all,

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    1. It's all thanks to my camera. It's not an expensive camera but does pretty well.

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  16. An interesting post! I had to search the web to find out why the tetrad of total eclipses coming up this year and next were prophetically significant. Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Peter. Some key search words would be blood moons, Biblical name for a total lunar eclipse because of the red appearance of the moon, and Feasts, Passover, Sukkot. Four eclipses in 2 years on the same Biblical feasts each year as are happening in 2014/15 happened in 1948/49 and 1967/68 but are very rare and the prophetic significance concerns the Jewish people and nation of Israel.

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  17. Wonderful flowers! I love the anemones. Our forests are full of them.

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    1. I am impressed with the way they multiply, of course in my garden they have help as I transplant them around, but then they multiply dramatically, yet are not obtrusive or invasive. There are native ones here but I don't have them.

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  18. Flowers... flowers.. I love this pics!

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    1. Thanks, I'm really enjoying them.

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  19. Get set of flower pictures - many of them look familiar.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. I don't know how many foreign species have been brought to Australia, I hope the native plants are still abundant, perhaps many are in the same families as my flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Lee Ann, it's great to finally have spring flowers.

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  21. Exquisite offerings Hannah. I appreciate your kind words on my daughter's behalf. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thanks Laura, it's hard on mothers when their children have problems.

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