Purple Fountain Grass

I love shopping at Lowes and their plant selection is always great.

Recently I found 3 purple fountain grass in quart containers for $3.00 each. They were on the clearance aisle but did not look bad at all. I think the regular price was $9.00 each.

I brought them home we planted them in pots and gave them some miracle grow and a few weeks later they have now doubled in size.

Taking pictures of grasses and blooms with my macro lens has always been something I enjoy.

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Gladiola blooms

This year I had found 100 count gladiola bulbs in a box at Walmart for about $15.00 I bought two boxes.

We built a new bed around one of the oak trees in the backyard and made a gladiola bed.

According to the chart on the box, it was about a month past the date I should plant them. Well, I figured it was worth a try and low and behold they are now blooming.

The price was great but I did get tired of planting 200 bulbs lol. It takes a good size bed for that many flower bulbs. We built it up with a lot of dirt but they are still falling over does anyone have any suggestions? Do gladiolas always fall over because they are top heavy?

They are the most beautiful colors and color combinations of flowers I am truly enjoying them.

Flowers brighten our days and most of all make our yards more beautiful.

You are in charge of what makes you happy and for me, it’s always planting things that bloom.

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Tiny little details

When using a macro lens you have to have steady hands or use a tripod.

I tend to try to take the pictures by hand and lately have had a little less success with this. It might be time for me to drag out the tripod or monopod.

This shot shows off the tiny details of a knockout rose bloom. These roses start blooming in early March and bloom their hearts out all year long. They require very little maintenance and I truly love them.

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Feathers

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. You have to wonder is this by chance or was it just meant to be.

What are the chances that a feather would land on a flower and stay there?

The wind was blowing but it never blew it away it stayed on top of the canna lily bloom.

I believe this feather is from the underneath back part of one of the black bellied whistling ducks that have been out at the feeders every day.

I photographed it and then I picked it up and brought it in the house.

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Barbed wire fences and flowers

Sometimes when you’re taking pictures of one thing you notice another.

This fence has seen its better days but I do not see it getting replaced anytime soon because there is not any livestock on the other side. They use this pasture to grow bahia grass then it gets bailed into round bails.

This is a morning glory bush that we planted years ago by the fence and it softens the look of the falling down fence.

Barbed wire fences, a rotted fence post, and purple flowers seem like a weird combination but they make a good picture.

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Purple flower power

I saw this Dahlia getting ready to bloom and I was excited to get to photograph it.

Its color was like a watercolor that was gently fading to the edge of each petal. The edges were crisp and the details were amazing.

Photographing this Dahlia proved to be a challenge since the flower was leaning towards the ground. I tried every angle I could to get to show off this flower.

When you plant things that bloom in your yard then you will always be surrounded by flowers. You just never know what might be blooming that day.

Every time I see something blooming in our yard it puts a smile on my face.

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