Sunday, October 21, 2007

Seeing small things Part 3

This is a very tiny flower no bigger than a large pea but wonderful just the same.

For some reason I love this photo of a tiny misshapen mum. This was a straggler and the last flower to bloom on the plant.

Lobelia 'Crystal Palace'. We first saw 'Crystal Palace' when we lived in Seattle many years ago and loved the plant so much we have some every year. They are an annual but very easy to start from seed. The seeds are exceedingly tiny so I just sow them in a tub of potting soil and lightly cover the seeds with extra soil.

Some kind of Salvia. This sends up very tiny flowers which grow to no more than about 1 1/2 feet tall. Like all Salvias this one is a very tough plant, growing in a hot and dry place in the garden. Like other small flowers, I had a difficult time trying to get the camera to focus on the flowers.

Campanula medium, Canterbury Bells. It was interesting to see the web like hair structures inside the flower. We planted these last year and I thought they were dead but I noticed a bit of blue under some other plants and when I brushed aside the leaves these bells were revealed.

Sanpdragon, Antirrhinum majus. We planted these snapdragons several years ago and they seem to reseed regularly. The flowers have changed colors through the years so it's interesting to see what the next year will bring.

Penstemon, 'Navigator Mix'. This is a dwarf Penstemon growing to only about a foot high. After its heavy blooming season in early summer the plant will keep producing flowers if you deadhead it. The last photo also shows the very shallow DOF (depth of field) when using the macro lens set up. Everything gets blurred not more than a 1/4 inch from the plane of focus.


Blogger Vanillalotus said...

The depth of field image of the penstemon is very interesting. It gives it a different view than anyone normally sees. It makes it feel likes I'm a hummingbird or little bug about to go inside. I've been wanting to get the Lobelia crystal palace for next year. I like the picture of the malformed mum. It has a nice asymmetrical beauty to it.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Vanilla Lotus,
Maybe it is the asymmetry that I like about the mum. Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't think of the bee's or bird's eye view of the penstemon but again that's an interesting observation. You'll love Crystal Palace. If you time it right you can have a good flush of blooms in the spring and if you sow some seeds in summer they'll be at the blooming stage for fall.

Thanks for your astute observations.

6:16 PM  

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