Thursday, September 22, 2016

This Flower Bud's For You

I have always been amazed when I first see a flower bud starting to form and then see the beautiful final result.  Just as no two flowers are alike ... neither are the buds.  How about a little photo magic?
                     This is a Nasturtium bud with just a tiny hint of color.







This is a Nasturtium bud further along. Now let's see



the pretty lady in full flower. I love Nasturtiums! They are bright, cheerful and when they flower they last for quite a long time.
Best of all, they are edible!







This is a annual Somniferum poppy bud. Lauren's Grape to be exact. Poppies are pretty amazing to begin with. The buds start off tiny and slowly begin to grow out and then upward. Some poppies, like perennial Oriental poppies, have fuzzy buds and leaves. The leaves of the Lauren's Grape poppy are smooth and soft. 




This is Lauren's Grape in all her glory.  I had been dying to try growing this particular poppy. I love mauves and purples, and I was so happy with this one. It is absolutely stunning don't  you think? Sadly, the flower petals seem to begin falling almost as soon as the flower opens. A stiff breeze or a drenching rain only makes these poppies fade even faster.




It's not a bud, but the seed pods of Somniferum poppies are almost as beautiful as the flowers. The pods have started to dry out now and I have been collecting the seeds for next year. 









This was my first year growing Moonflowers. When the buds begin to form they are really quite strange looking. At first, I didn't even realize that the buds on the right were actually moonflower buds.










After I did some research, I learned that the bud continues to evolve for quite a long time.  The bud pictured here was about 2 1/2 inches long. I was so impatient for this one to open. 










Oh, but let me tell you  ... it was so worth the wait! 
It's funny though, although they are described as opening after dusk, for me they seem to open whenever they felt like it! My very first one opened about 4:30 in the late afternoon. Others at 7pm. Some between 8 and 10pm. Some even later. Come morning when the sun begins to shine brightly they begin to curl inward. On cloudy days, I noticed that they stayed open well into almost late afternoon.  How about 2 more buds?





Know what this is? I bet you do!















It's a French Marigold!



How about this one?















It's a flower from the Black-eyed Susan Vine.










                                      Hope you enjoyed the BUDS.  

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