Garden Photo of the Day

From Roses to Dandelions

Finding beauty in flowers of all kinds

Today we’re enjoying some photos from Clarence McCullough in Capitola, California.

This spectacular rose looks like the variety ‘Double Delight’, which is known for its distinctive red-and-white petals. Hybrid tea roses like this can be fussy and demanding in the garden, but the payoff can be worth it! (We have guides to rose care here and here.)

Another spectacular rose, this one looks like the variety ‘Rio Samba’ . Now that is the rose for you if you like intense, over-the-top colors!

Clarence doesn’t just like roses. I love that he also shared this beautiful photo of the lowly dandelion that he took at Garland Park in Carmel Valley. Dandelions may be much easier to care for than hybrid tea roses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful as well. Sure, they can be a pest, but pollinators love dandelion flowers, and these seed heads look like modern, geometric, abstract sculptures.

Less commonly seen is this pocketbook flower (Calceolaria sp.). It looks like Calceaolaria biflora ‘Goldcap’, which is a beautiful species native to South America that can be hardy to Zone 5 in the right conditions but resents hot summer weather.

Another view of the pocketbook flower, showing it mingling with annuals in a container.

And one final rose to end on, a reminder that all kinds of flowers, from classic roses to weedy dandelions to unusual pocketbook flowers, are beautiful and worth enjoying in our gardens and elsewhere.


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    treasuresmom 04/10/2019

    All very pretty.

  2. annek 04/10/2019

    Beautiful flowers and stunning colors. The pocketbook flower is so very quaint and delicate

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    simplesue 04/10/2019

    Having the ability to see the beauty in the Dandelion as well as the Rose is something many people lack. I used to think that everyone could see this beauty, but you are one of the rare ones that can see it! Love the photos, all so beautiful...from the Rose to the Dandelion!

  4. cheryl_c 04/10/2019

    Thank you so much for including the picture of the dandelion. We see what we are looking for, and you are willing to look for beauty in unexpected places! I would love to see more pictures of your gardens.

  5. btucker9675 04/10/2019

    The dandelion seedheads always remind me of certain fireworks bursts! I wonder if those roses smell as beautiful as they look.

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    BenjaminShaw 04/15/2019

    Very nice!

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