Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chillin' GBBD

As I wander through the gardens (or is it wonder) to find a bloom for this January's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post my mind starts wondering (or is it wandering?).  Earth to Greg. It must me wandering. Winter has returned to more normalcy this past couple of weeks here in the Flint Hills of Kansas. I think the only difference this year is the lack of the wet stuff, mainly snow. I have enjoyed a few days to work on my new garden room project this winter. However, with my advancing age my stamina suddenly deteriorates at a rapid rate when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. So I haven't progressed as much as needed. Maybe some of you can understand that. And as always this "time" of the month involves sharing with gardeners from around the world your garden blooms (or your spent blooms as I have). Go and visit Carol at May Dream Gardens to link up and view other peoples gardens. Thanks Carol.
Johnny' Jumpin. My only true bloom in the garden. These plants actually made the cover of the local paper, the front page no less. Why you say. The news was that many people were commenting throughout the community that plants were "budding" and growing because of all the warmer temperatures.










Where would winter interest be without a little yarrow for tomorrow. Weak huh? I told you I was wondering or wandering?











Or is your little blue's riddle due?














Or is golden more holding to your needs?













 Or is silver more your style?
Somethings eating those Echinacea seeds.
Foreground lightning on Viburnum 'Blue Muffin'
Background lighting on same plant.
Echinancea seed head with Artemesia foliage.

And Spring is closer than you think......
 

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. That's quite an interesting post on recycling your urine, btw.

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  2. Stunning collection of photos, Greggo. I almost expected you to produce a whole lot of blooms even in the middle of winter. But you did manage to find the ever reliable perky pansy...

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  3. Dear Greggo, It seems winter has finally arrived. Your photos are stunning, as usual. P. x

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    1. thank you Pam. winter is going to sneak up on us again I am sure.

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  4. You have a Very cool eye for details and the result?....sensational photos for a cold GBBD.
    BTW: What camera do you use? I need some advice and an upgrade. Any help would be most welcomed since the choices make me dizzy. Thanks.
    david/:0)

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    1. I have an older canon rebel xt eos dlr with a kit lens 28-50. Also have a 55-250 zoom lens with a stabilizer mechanism. I use the zoom lens most often. It's 51 degrees this morning but a norther is on the way. happy gbbd

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  5. Great photos! I like the diffused light in the background.

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  6. Beautiful, I love the golds and silvers and all the seed heads. The little Johnny Jump Up too, can't for get the little trooper.

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    1. donna, thanks. what would we do without violas.

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  7. I tend to go into a hibernation mode when the temperatures fall too much too. Enjoyed your great photos!

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    1. Yes, I need a man cave to hibernate.

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  8. Lovely photos Greggo. One thing Winter is great for is the photos can be wonderful. Surprised you have the bloom you do.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  9. Thanks Cher, I'm sure your feeling some winter where your at. ;0

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  10. Wonderful photos Greggo... you have more in bloom than we do I'm afraid!! Larry

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    1. Thanks larry, I'm sure your feeling a little winter right now.

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  11. Sometimes, when we wander, we can't help wondering. Lovely photos!

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  12. I absolutely love winter photography...seeds are just as captivating as the flowers! Happy GBBD, Greggo!

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    1. I agree Cat. Your mallow photos were sweet.

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  13. Beautiful, I too have become worried about my gardens with this strange Winter--44 degrees Sat and now a week of sub zero temps!
    Stacey
    www.downtoearthdigs.wordpress.com

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    1. stacey, sub zero? yuk, don't know if I'm ready for that.

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  14. When you photograph them spent seedheads are as beautiful as flowers.

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    1. thanks Carolyn, I actually enjoy them also.

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  15. LOVE this post...seriously, you have shown that seed heads are just as beautiful, if in a more spare way :-)

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  16. Thanks Scott that's a nice compliment.

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  17. Greggo, the seed heads are beautiful, as are your photos! I'm really taken with those two viburnum pix.

    I used to think gardening was all about flowers, but I dunno--the last few years I've begun to wonder if it isn't really about textures. (Not that flowers are objectionable or anything.) Posts like this definitely tip the scale in favor of texture.

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    1. I agree. Soon I hope to extrapolate these textures into larger areas.

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  18. Well Greggo apart from being great to be in touch with another old geezer who shares a bit in the ageing process, it does make a change from all those other wimmin in my life and blogging world. You are a wander with the camera.

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    1. wanderful compliment. geeze away! wimmin, can't live wi.....

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  19. You make even old seedheads look beautiful and exciting! Love your little blue Johnny, too! I can see why he's a celebrity!

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  20. Love your photos! It´s really about to see the quality of plants during the entire season and seeheads do add something more!
    Regards
    Kristina

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  21. Winter has become more and more interesting to me over the years. Your images bring that to mind as they capture the subtle beauty of color, texture, and mystery.

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  22. Wow, I am amazed that you have flowers this time of year! I like all of your seedheads and such, too. Yes, we are having winter weather again, but it may not be staying long. I was tickled to wake up to an inch of snow this morning.

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    1. We could use some of your moisture.

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  23. Beautiful photos! I really like the look of dried plants and old seed heads. With winter, however, eventually it is too much of a good thing, and I am happy for some Johnny Jump-ups!

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  24. A perfect depiction of winter Greggo!

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  25. The viola is nice, but really prefer the other shots. Winter having subtracted their colors, you can see the beautiful forms so much better

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    1. I suppose the closeups look better than the actual overall winter landscape. Someday it will be better overall.

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  26. Wow...these photos are lovely, especially the Echinacea seed heads. You have captured the essence of winter beautifully!

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Thanks for leaving any comments, they are always welcomed. Sorry I had to add word verification as spam was becoming a huge problem. Greggo,