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dandylions

Unlike the bright red blossom in yesterday’s post (“Hard To Ignore,” 07.23.14), the lowly dandelion is easy to ignore…unless it happens to be growing in the middle of your dark green lawn, where its bright yellow blooms are sure to stand out.

Have you waged a war with dandelions? For a small plant that grows only a few inches tall, it can be incredibly tenacious. It has a strong taproot several times longer than the plant is tall, and if you don’t pull up the entire root, the dandelion grows back, again…and again…and again.

So you can hate it, or learn to love it.

I love it…in salads!

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Yellow Tulip

I found these lovely tulips wrapped in protective plastic at a flower vendor’s booth at a Farmers Market. Since I couldn’t unwrap them, and I wanted an image of them from the side, my only option was to shoot them through the plastic wrapping.

I grabbed one quick shot, but didn’t think I would ever wind up doing anything with it…until tonight. Knowing I couldn’t make the plastic film completely disappear from the image, I played around with bringing it out instead.

I like the way the folds of the plastic resemble a sheer curtain, and how they echo the delicate folds of the flower petals.

In the end, I think the plastic enhances, rather than detracts from, this particular image.

Though given a choice, I’d rather not have anything between my lens and my flower subjects.

Fiesole and Squash Blossoms

This was one of the most colorful and unusual displays I saw at a Farmers Market…and all of it is edible! (Okay, not the paper cartons, just the produce.)

The fiesole, or purple artichokes, can be sautéed, baked or grilled with various seasonings. The leaves are tender, and they have a delicious flavor.

The squash blossoms may also be fried, stuffed with cheese, or made into a sauce or soup.

There are plenty of recipes online for both the fiesole and the squash blossoms, so if you’ve never tried either or both, give it a go. Your dinner guests will be impressed.

heliconia 2

A heliconia bract–don’t call it a flower–shot against a shady background really stands out!

heliconia

Tropical plants tend to be big and bold, but even by their standards, this one steals the show.  Its size, shape and color makes it hard to ignore.  There’s nothing understated about this plant, which can easily grow over 10′ tall.

Feast your eyes on Heliconia!

Yellow Flowers

A wall of bright yellow wildflowers stopped me in my tracks.  Even the seed pods were dramatic!  Granted, yellow is a cheerful color in and of itself, but on the flowers of this plant which appeared to be growing and blooming with nothing short of wild abandon…wow!

I was smitten!

yellow hibiscus

There’s yellow, and then there’s hibiscus yellow.  The color is loud enough to be borderline gaudy, the blossom is a good six or seven inches in diameter, and then there are all those ruffled edges and that crazy stamen…this tropical bloom is truly one wild flower!

Forsythia

We’re looking down a row of attention-grabbing forsythia bushes during the peak of their springtime bloom.  When covered with flowers, they take the prize for the most cheerful bushes I’ve ever seen.  Bright daffodil-yellow blossoms attached to dark orange branches, with a smattering of brand new green leaves just beginning to sprout…there’s nothing shy or retiring about this bush.  It’s a far cry from mellow;  au contraire, it screams “Look at ME!”

orange tulips open

As tulips bloom, they open further and further.  Eventually they loose their “classic” tulip shape and become larger and flatter.  I love the way you can see all the detail in their petals, stamens, etc.  Mulit-hued tulips like these are especiallly beautiful when fully open, since you can see the color variations on the edges of the petals so much better.

Past their prime?  I think not!

Perhaps this IS their prime…

What do you think?

different tulips

Test your Tulip I.Q.:  Can you spot the “different” tulip?