Portrait of Chicago…


These Allium are ornamental yet apropos to be a statement in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. These Allium are a variety of onion. Chicago means “wild onion”, so fitting they are among the wild animals.

The single bright bloom is complemented by the just-past-prime flowers surrounding it, keeping attention on itself.

Layers of loveliness…


Layers and layers of Dahlia petals. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Took a walk this morning and was stopped still by these blossoms. They appear to be the treasured tuber-growing Dahlias. Their dainty charm requires that tubers be dug and preserved carefully during cold winters and replanted in the warming spring days.

The Dahlia you brought to our isle
Your praises forever shall speak

‘Mid gardens as sweet as your smile
And colour as bright as your cheek.

–Lord Holland (1773–1840)

The flower reminds me of layers of petticoats worn in days of yore. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

Ahhhhh……the lovely Dahlia. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Warmer memories…


For all my readers and family and friends experiencing January’s deep chill I give you moments from this past spring and summer in these next few posts. Wrap up warm and enjoy.

Flower cluster makes an instant bouquet at the St. Louis Zoo. copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Summer white. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Jerusalem Artichoke last summer. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

 

End of summer…


Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Drying on-the-vine Hydrangea

Color-fading blossoms

Flowers turns to seed

Perennial preparation for

A season’s passing days.

 

NOTE: The pink, or blue, color of the Hydrangea is known to be controllable. See the following information: www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/colorchange.html

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

In the meantime…


Sharing a pretty “weed”, the common White Clover (Trifolium repens). Pretty in the park lawn as well as in chain links as necklaces.

Macro look at White Clover, copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

More familiar view of White Clover, copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Native fruits…


Dormancy happens in the heat of summer for some spring-blooming, native woodland plants. Leaves brown, wither, and then become a part of the forest floor. Later in summer the fruit appears. These images are of the native Jack in the Pulpit, shown May 12, 2013 (Humble Interests) with dried leaves still attached to the plant.

The fruit of the native Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

The fruit of the native Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Drying leaves of Jack-in-the Pulpit. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Drying leaves of Jack-in-the Pulpit. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Summertime activities…


One more fan of the Purple Coneflower is the Bumble Bee. This one is loaded with pollen already as it continues its collection.

One more fan of the Purple Coneflower is the Bumble Bee. This one is loaded with pollen already as it continues its collection.

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A Grasshopper visits our window for a while. The only way I could get the camera to focus on this was to look upward to our soffits from the outside.

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This Monarch Butterfly has been busy at the Purple Coneflower for the past five days.