Today we’re in North Reading, Massachusetts, seeing the world through the eyes of talented amateur photographer Maureen Budney. She grew up with a love of gardening passed on from her mother, and she loves taking pictures of the beautiful sights she sees during the day.
A bumblebee hard at work on a cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual). Cosmos is native to Mexico, with native populations reaching north into Arizona and south as far as Costa Rica, but it is now a beloved resident of gardens all around the world. Easy to grow from seed, it is a favorite of pollinators and a great cut flower as well.
The cosmos in this action shot has a beautiful darker eye and edge to the petals. Cosmos come in a wide range of colors and patterns. If you save seed from cosmos, be sure to take it from the plants you like the best to ensure that you have your favorite colors and forms year after year.
A lovely, intensely dark red cosmos.
The flowers of bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) are beautiful at every stage, even here as they are beginning to gracefully age and fade.
Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) is a reliable shrub that easily adapts to a wide range of climates and conditions. Older varieties are white or cream, sometimes taking on a reddish hue as they age, but some newer selections boast strong pink colors in the flowers, as seen here.
The flowers of this beautiful pink panicle hydrangea are beginning to fade from pink to tan.
Nothing does fall color like a sugar maple (Acer saccharum, Zones 3–8). Sunlight encourages the development of red color in fall leaves, sometimes producing a two-toned effect as seen here, with the outer leaves, which are exposed to more sun, flaming up red while the inner leaves are yellow.
A closer view of these astonishingly beautiful leaves.
Frost on the fall leaves of a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).
A cardinal stands out in a garden filled with snow.
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