Thursday, June 10, 2010

Flowers and bugs

One of Freda's amazing planters, overflowing with flowering awesomeness!

I've seen a few of these little spiders around. They are very tiny - the body is smaller than my little fingernail. Usually I don't have a camera and they are too quick, but this day I happened to be able to take a photo of this one.

Uhhh, I just realized that this is the only photo of something that could pass as a 'bug', so I guess the title of this post overstates the 'bug' content...

A pano of the beautiful roses at the front of the house.

Well, the roses are beautiful until you look at them closer, and then you see that something has eaten ALL of the leaves!!!!!

Well, maybe there is a 2nd bug in this blog entry then, because of the bugs that ate the roses!

June 9, 2010
Hmm, these are hardy Explorer roses, but not against bugs I guess.

June 9, 2010
Not this one either.

June 9, 2010
The breathtaking pale pink peony.

June 9, 2010
A peony bud about to pop!

June 10, 2010
The same blossom from the pale pink peony as shown above, but a day later. The pale pinkness is starting to fade to white. Can you tell that we love this flower??

June 10, 2010
This flower is also a blossom from the pale pink peony - but it is several days older. The pale pink has faded to white, and the yellow center of the flower is showing as the petals come off.

June 10, 2010
This is the bright pink peony blossom that was just a bud yesterday. This flower is so bright that it overwhelms the sensors on the digital camera, and the redness of the flower is over-saturated. I had to desaturate this image slightly to get any definition in the flower. This certainly proves that the human eye is far far superior to the digital camera sensor.

This area used to be under a glacier, and glaciers carry rocks from all over the place in the glacial till that they push around, or carry along embedded in the ice or carried by the streams of meltwater underneath them. These rocks are part of our rock garden, and the wide variety of stones certainly proves that this area had seen glacial action. Look at all the different colours of granite and other stones, and one has a very high iron content (it is very rusty).

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