Showing posts with label close up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label close up. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday




well, almost wordless.... isn't she pretty? , yes it is a female Black Swallowtail. She just hatched and is so perfect!

Host plants for her caterpillars are Fennel and Dill  I planted throughout the flowerbeds.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Goldfish Plant - close up


Nematanthus tropicana (Goldfish Plant)


This is the more common variety with orange fish shaped flowers






Monday, February 20, 2012

An Orchid close up







This one is called Bletilla ochracea, or Chinese Butterfly Orchid.

This terrestrial orchid grows well in Zone 7 - 9b, likes filtered sunlight and evenly moist soil.



Monday, February 13, 2012

Abutilon







One of my most favorite subjects, the Abutilon flower is positively glowing, just like a miniature lantern :)


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

twinkle little star


Graptopetalum paraguayense


This cute little star shaped flower on the Gray Ghost plant is actually just about 1 cm in size and even though there are several on each flower spike, they are so easily overlooked and under-appreciated. Looking closely, you can see the pure white of the petals and the blood red markings, the lime green and orange center

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Macro Monday's Gray Ghost



And already I joined a second gardening blog meme, the Macro Monday hosted by Lisa's Chaos :D

One of my favorite plants to photograph is the Graptopetalum paraguayense, the gray ghost plant. Its rosettes are always perfect







Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday close-up - Tropical Milkweed


Mexican Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)


This easy to grow perennial (or annual in colder zones)  is a must-have for butterflies, it is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Look closely

What is it?



Taking a closer look I am always amazed of what I see, I love the macro setting on my camera :-D

Friday, October 28, 2011

a bed of roses

Today's a rainy day in Myrtle Glen, but this little guy has royal sleeping quarters

a bed of roses

And I will make thee beds of roses 

And a thousand fragrant posies, 

A cap of flowers, and a kirtle 

Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.


[From Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd To His Love]

Monday, October 24, 2011

the Polyphemus Moth

I can only shake my head over the ignorance of so many people saying "eww, a moth!" Yes, there are many that do look drab, but then there are so many more that are simply amazing.

Polyphemus Moth


This Beauty is a Silk Moth, one of the largest moths in Florida. The host plant is the Oak.  I must have snapped a hundred pictures, I just could not get enough of being able to see this creature up close.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Billbergia pyramidalis

Bromeliad Billbergia pyramidalis
close-up of the many flowers of the inflorescence:



A great landscape plant, hardy in Central Florida, it multiplies quickly to form large clumps.
This Bromeliad is a reliable bloomer and it sure is a spectacular show since the plants bloom all at the same time.




Saturday, October 15, 2011

close-ups

A new fern leaf unfurling (Evergemiensis fern)


Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis)


Hoya compacta