We’ve visited Lee’s garden in the Mohawk Valley in central New York before (Back to the Mohawk Valley), but today Lee is taking us to see it in a different way.
I went through some of my files with the thought of finding some of the more close-up pictures of various blooms. Even though the vast majority of growers and gardeners have seen and probably have many of these species, it is always inspiring, motivational, or just plain ol’ entertaining to take a deep look into those blooms.
They truly are a world of their own when focusing so closely to what Mother Nature offers our eyes—when we truly look rather than just pass by and move on to the next bloom. With this said, I hope that at least a few people like to really look into those blooms of their own and “study” the amazing structures within. If they haven’t in the past, maybe some bloom pictures will move the needle just a touch. And a reminder: Spring, as everything comes into growth, is a great opportunity to enjoy viewing those sprouts prior to full foliage and subsequent blooms. Sprouts are, well, cool.
I wish you all a great spring wake-up and subsequent blooming summer!
We often focus on tulips when still in bud, with the petals held upright, but this fully open tulip shot from above shows a whole new perspective. This is one of the fringed tulip varieties, with a distinctive shredded edge to the petals.
Staring into the center of this daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9) reveals its dark, nearly black petals shifting dramatically into yellow-green.
The diversity of daylilies is mind-boggling. This soft peach-colored one has thick, extravagantly ruffled petals.
The true lilies (Lilium species and hybrids) can be a little fussier to grow than daylilies, but wow—they can be worth it! What a stunning flower this is.
A dahlia (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) with incredible dark red-and-white-striped petals shows a hint of the yellow pollen in the center of the bloom.
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