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Details from Kris’s Garden

Taking in the small beauties

ornamental onion flower just beginning to open

Today Kris Campbell-Defoe from New Paltz, New York (in the Hudson Valley region) is sharing some garden beauties. I love these photos because they focus in on small details, finding the beauty in little things I often overlook. They make me want to walk around my garden and take a closer look at each of my plants!

blue brunnera flowersA delicate spray of blue from brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla, Zones 3–8). Many people grow brunnera primarily for the large, heart-shaped leaves that are often marked with silver patterns, but the delicate blue flowers are pretty great as well. Each individual flower is very small, but they can be produced in enormous clouds when the plants are happy.

A hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–8) leaf in the rain. The waxy leaf surface that gives some hostas a blueish color is also water repellent, so that rain gets transformed into these beautiful little jewels clustering on the leaf.

close up of pulmonaria flowersBlue flowers of a pulmonaria (Pulmonaria hybrid, Zones 5–8). It is easy to see that this and brunnera are in the same family. Like brunnera, pulmonaria can have silver-patterned foliage and lots of small blue (or sometimes pink or purple, depending on the variety) flowers early in the spring.

ornamental onion flower just beginning to openAn ornamental onion (Allium, Zones 3–8) flower head is just beginning to push open, with the mass of tiny purple flowers ready to push open and form a round head of bloom. So beautiful—and ornamental onions have an oniony taste to their leaves and bulbs, which means deer and most other pests leave them alone.

potato plants in a raised bedA different kind of beauty is produced by some very happy potato plants growing away, full of the promise of a big harvest later in the year.

skyline at sunset with lots of cloudsAnd finally, a wonderful photo of the sky, with a beautiful texture of clouds over the hills of the Hudson Valley region.


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    treasuresmom 05/26/2021

    Great photos.

  2. Rebeccazone7 05/26/2021

    The picture of that hosta has given me some inspiration. They aren't my favorites, but over the years people have given them to me in an effort to change my mind. At any rate I have this particular one and will transfer it to a pot so it has a center stage.

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    simplesue 05/26/2021

    Beautiful observations of nature and the garden.
    I too love close up photos focused in on detail, showing our eyes a different view than the way we usually see.
    I love your photo of the beaded up drops of water on the hosta leaf.

  4. btucker9675 05/26/2021

    Thanks for these beautiful garden photos from lovely New Paltz. Love the brunnera blossoms and that spectacular sunset especially. All so wonderful.

  5. user-5117752 05/29/2021

    Marvelous photos! Thank you for taking the time to share them with us!

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