Sunday, August 31, 2008

Arrivederci August















12 comments:

afod said...

That is an interesting sunflower where the center is very concave rather than flat. I've never seen that before. It has to be too heavy! That first bachelor's button with a profile view has an interesting view of what look like black legs or arms reaching for the sky. ;-)

Claire said...

Hopefully there will still be gorgeous flowers about in a couple of weeks when I am over?

Birdie said...

That pink flower with the yellow blossoms around its center looks kitschy. All that's missing is fringe. What we will do in winter without all these lovely colors?

dykewife said...

what is that insect thing? it looks like a grasshopper but not like any grasshopper i've ever seen.

Greg said...

Afod, I believe those dark things in the center of the bachelor's button are the anthers, where the pollen is...but I think, since the bachelor's buttons are actually one of those compound flowers made up of lots of smaller ones, we may have to wait for the horticulturally-trained Hunky Gardener to stop by and see what his thoughts are on the subject.

Never fear, Claire, there are usually some pretty flowers here on the Cape throughout the fall (sometimes roses in November, even!), depending of course of weather conditions. But the cosmos and zinnias are only getting started, the asters will be getting going soon and it'll be almost a month before we can even start to think about looking for mums. (BTW, drop me an email sometime about your plans...)

Birdie, winter is a little duller here, though we can usually rely on the indoor favorites like Christmas cactii, african violets and pointsettias for floral excitement.

The landscape is still spectacular (the best sunsets, I think, are the winter ones)...so there'll be no lack of beauty at the MG.

Plus, seed catalogs!!

Dykewife, the insect thing was a katydid nymph (picture of a full grown one a few nights back), who somehow got inside the house this weekend. It was a bit of a challenge to scoop and transport outside safely, but I'm happy to say it went well, eventually.

Greg said...

Oh, Afod, about the sunflower...that's the tall one that was new and flat-faced last week.

Now that the seeds are beginning to form, the flowerhead gets that more rounded look and it begins to droop, going into what I've come to think of as "shower head position".

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Your sunflowers look so much better than the ones I sowed at my perents, they were a smaller type but most did not even grow, maybe bad seed or too wet of a year.

PS said...

Lovely pics.
I miss Cape Cod,I have romantic memories that won't be forgotten.

Patsi

MartininBroda said...

The last picture is quite beautiful, like a symbol of the luminous maze of life, somehow Celtic, I guess.

wordtapestry said...

Lovely pictures as always. I particularly like the early zinnia, with its crown of little yellow curls around the red center.

Butch said...

One word covers it for this entry.
Beautiful!!

Robin Easton said...

This series of photos is one of your most spectacular. They are all so VIBRANT that I want to eat them. I was stunned and my senses just thrilled over these photos. Excellent job, Greg!!