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Maureen’s Artistic Eye on Plants

Seeing beauty everywhere

Hen-and-Chicks flower

Maureen Budny, in North Reading, Massachusetts, is a talented amateur photographer who has shared her beautiful images with us before (Garden Photos from Maureen). I always love when I get photos from her in the GPOD inbox, because she zooms in to see the beauty in details that you might otherwise overlook. Her images are a good reminder not just to stop and smell the roses, but to stop and enjoy all the other details you might miss if you just focus on the roses.

dark purple clematis flowerA dark purple large-flowered clematis, probably the class variety ‘Jackmanii’ (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8)

close up of purple clematisIn this image, Maureen zoomed way in on the clematis bloom to emphasize the intricate, almost alien beauty of the center of the flower.

white daisy flowersThese simple and simply beautiful daisies are either the wildling oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–8) or its more cultivated relative, a Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9). Both are beautiful, durable plants.

japanese maple seedsI love how the wing of each developing seed of this Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) blushes magenta, contrasting beautifully with the dark foliage and stems.

bumble bee on a pink flower bloomA bumblebee rests on a bloom to gather nectar and pollen. I’ll admit that my plant identification skills are a bit at a loss in looking at the flower this close. Possibly an Astilbe?

water droplets on blades of grassThis is a simple scene most of us would just walk past, but Maureen’s eye and camera have captured the incredible beauty of raindrops sitting like jewels on simple green foliage.

crown vetch flowerCrown vetch (Securigera varia, Zones 5–9) has been planted to control erosion and help restore disturbed soils around road construction. Though not native, it seems to be generally well-behaved, sticking to the general areas where it was planted.

pink flowering dogwoodIncredible pink bracts of a flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) contrast sharply with a perfect blue spring sky.

young female cones of a Norway spruceWe think of the cones of conifers as generally brown, but in many species they are shaded beautiful colors while young. These look to be the young female cones of a Norway spruce (Picea abies, Zones 2–7).

peach bearded irisesIt’s hard to deny the beauty of a bearded iris (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9). I love the way the purple beard contrasts with the soft tones of the rest of the bloom.

Hen-and-Chicks flowerHens and chicks (Sempervivum species and hybrids, Zones 3–8) are usually grown for their succulent foliage, but this is what their flowers look like. Each individual rosette dies after sending up a flower spike, but new offsets carry on.


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  1. Rebeccazone7 07/30/2021

    Absolutely stunning. I tried to pick a favorite and failed.

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      ☺️Thank you!

  2. gardendevas 07/30/2021

    Gorgeous! Stunning photos!

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      Much appreciated, thank you!

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    treasuresmom 07/30/2021

    Amazing pics!

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021


  4. nwphilagardener 07/30/2021

    I tried to pick and favorite, too. And it was the Japanese maple image that rocked my world this morning! Thanks, Maureen!

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      I love that one too, and as is always the case, to see it in person was even better. I love the colors and the contrast.

    2. mojersey 07/30/2021

      You are very welcome! I love that one too, and as is always the case, to see it in person was even better. I love the colors and the contrast.

  5. btucker9675 07/30/2021

    I, too, love the maple "helicopters" - I have one that has bright red ones and love to see them each year. Also love the crystal rain drops on the blades of grass. Thank you for sharing these fabulous photos!

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      We call them helicopters too!

  6. sheila_schultz 07/30/2021

    Maureen, your photos can hold their ground with any professional photographer. They are definitely 'picture perfect'! You are incredibly talented.

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      Thank you, greatly appreciate the compliment.

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    simplesue 07/30/2021

    Looking at your beautiful close up shots of garden plants I feel like I have my 20/20 vision back LOL!
    They are so pretty, showing all that detail- I especially love the photo of the close up of the clematis center- pure art!

    1. mojersey 07/30/2021

      Hahaha, thank you. Glad I am able to give you that 20/20 sense back.

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