Monday, July 15, 2013

Quest for Beauty - GBBD, July 2013


Gladiolus - Lucifer

It seems the garden is on a quest for beauty each summer. The blooms grow bigger, taller, more colorful on that journey to unfold and splash into splendor. With all of the rain we have been having, most of the blooms are thriving and the quest has been supported by plenty of moisture.

Gladioli stretch out and up, reaching for the blue of the sky. Tall and lanky, they burst forth with petals galore.



Gladiolus - mixed

A look closer into the center of the bloom brings a surprise worth waiting for.


Gladiolus


Their petals seem to paint the garden in a palette of colors.


Gladiolus - Purple Mate



Daisies scatter across the garden as if to skip through the stalks with a happy dance.


Shasta Daisy - Leucanthemum x superbum

The rose, a queen of beauty, illuminates the garden even when wet.


Red Knockout Roses

Their beauty attracts many who admire all the things about them.


Hairy Large Flowered Hardy Mallow - Hibiscus moscheutos var. incanus


Even when there is one bloom a day, the beauty can be breathtaking.


Daylily, Jubilee - Hemerocallis

I am joining Carol of May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.


Daylily, Jubilee - Hemerocallis

The fading Oakleaf Hydrangea blooms add even more beauty with a subtle color change.


Oakleaf Hydrangea, Alice - Hydrangea quercifolia

Clematis declares that the time for beauty has not ended by creating a decorative and elegant seed head.


Seed head of Clematis - Jackmanii

Small, minuscule mushrooms peak from between grass blades to sing a song of charm and grace.


Small mushroom - unknown

What beauty quest is in your garden?

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I have begun a composting series with the following posts.

Composting Part I - All About Compost

Composting Part II - Advantages and Disadvantages of Compost Bins and Piles

Later this month, I will post the next article in the series, How to Make Perfect Compost.

My eBook, 150 Things You Can Compost, is available on Amazon for only 99 cents. I wrote this as a resource for myself and others who compost. Often, we forget how many things other than kitchen waste or garden scraps/leaves can be composted.




© copyright 2013 Michelle A. Potter

36 comments:

  1. Your gladioli are just gorgeous! And your photos are stunning as always :-)
    Over here in London my garden is getting very dry, I have to water every other evening, it is a lot of work. I have decided to install a soaker hose this autumn even though a summer like we have now doesn't happen very often. I am enjoying the good weather, we have waited a long time.
    Have a great week!

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  2. Your blooms and photography are amazing! You certainly have a lot of beauty in your garden! Thank you for sharing and a Happy GBBD!

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  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! your Gladiolus and daylilies - and everything else are just sensational. Love your photos.

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  4. Your pictures are a thing to drool over! I love pictures of flowers with water drops on them.. the water drops take the beauty of the flower to a whole other level. Gorgeous!!!!

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  5. Beautiful macros! You really know how to capture magnificent details and to draw readers’ attention. Happy GBBBD!

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  6. Stunning pictures of your lovely blooms. So beautiful!

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  7. Such wonderful pictures. I love Gladiolus, but in my garden they are not yet that far, I cannot even see the buds, I have to wait a couple of weeks. The photo of the Clematis seedhead is just stunning.

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  8. Beautiful flowers, I especially love the Shasta Daisies and the daylilies! Gorgeous photos!

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  9. Happy GBBD...the clarity of the photos is awe inspiring.

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  10. Michelle, " Lucifer" is gorgeous! I love the daylilies, roses - why are with water drops? Do you have a lot of rain?
    Nice GBBD!

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  11. Beautiful blooms and images! Happy GBBD! I also enjoyed your series on composting. I've always had a compost pile or bin. Now our city is allowing kitchen scraps in their yard waste containers & I'm thinking of getting rid of my bin.

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  12. What a beautiful July Bloom Day in your garden. I do envy you your gladioli. Never had any luck with them.

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  13. Oh my! You have some beautiful Glads blooming now. Mine are sprouting, but not blooming yet. Actually everything in your garden looks lush and spectacular! Happy GBBD!

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  14. Love the way you capture the raindrops on the Gladioli and other flowers. Happy GBBD!

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  15. I'm one of your followers and I always take time to visit your site every time a new post comes out. I am also a passionate gardener and I just love flowers. These pictures take my breath away. I wish I had your photography skills and your kind of camera... may I know what camera you use?

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  16. Ooh, what gorgeous photos! The shots with the water droplets are especially lovely. Do you have to dig up your gladiolus in the fall, or do they winter over in your area? I'm so lazy when it comes to that. So I admire gladiolus and dahlias in other people's yards. :)

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  17. What beautiful flowers you have in your garden it must be a wonderful place to be at the moment.We in the UK have had a heatwave for the last 4 or 5 weeks so everything is very dry and the flowers and I are struggling!

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  18. Beautiful plants. Beautiful photographs. I am so pleased to see the much-maligned Gladdy in there - I am a huge fan. I love the way you capture the seed head and faded flowers. Sitting in central London this morning, waiting for a train home, with the temperatures rising and the dust from a road being dug up outside me window, this post has transported me to a much happier place! Thank you!

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  19. Looks like your garden is getting lots of rain. I am a big fan of hardy hibiscus in the summer garden. The saw fly has done a job on ours but they are still showing their big faces. I love the seed heads of clematis too...beautiful capture with the raindrops! Happy GBBD!

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  20. We don't see the hardy hibsicus in gardens much any more. I just love them. I have a pale pink one. Happy GBBD.

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  21. Beauty abound in your garden, Michelle! Your photos are fantastic, as always, and all the blooms look even better dripping in raindrops. The rains this year have certainly been a godsend to the garden. Happy Bloom Day!

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  22. You have a gorgeous garden! I absolutely love your photos.

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  23. Gorgeous post! I just planted Gladioulus for the first time in my garden...they were such a treat!

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  24. Gorgeous blooms (and gorgeous photos!). I have a soft spot for glads, such outrageous flowers.

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  25. Beautiful! I love the Joe Pye Weed behind those glorious glads.

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  26. Wonderful photos. There is something very beautiful about droplets of water on petals; one of the lovely sights of nature. And my flowers really need some rain at the moment because everything is so dry and dusty here in my part of the world.

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  27. What a treat of colors! The photos are beautiful.

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  28. You certainly found beauty with your camera lens. Everything looks so fresh and pretty!

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  29. Your quest is found in the beauty of your photos...I had a few surprise glads this year as I planted only the hardy ones but did not see them...instead glads from last summer that never bloomed have popped up in a few areas.

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  30. You have captured so perfectly the beauty you mention, with your photos. LOVE the glistening drops :)

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  31. Beauty is in the eye of the photographer. I love gladioli too.

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  32. Glorious photos, particularly of the gladioli, I always find them hard to capture. I am currently being surprised by the beauty of an oriental poppy that has appeared from nowhere and is flourishing in my back garden. A very welcome surprise!

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  33. YOU TAKE SOME OF THE PRETTIEST FLOWER PICTURES IN BLOGLAND! Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. Aaaahhh, the red rose. Is there anything more lovely? Some of these flowers I've never seen before and are very unique.

    I hope you are enjoying the summer days.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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'I see trees of green, red roses, too
I see 'em bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world'
--What a Wonderful World

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