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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