Monday, November 10, 2008

Today's Flowers


The bumble bees are still clinging to what's left of my yellow butterfly bush. As you can see it looks pretty bad but there must be something good remaining there for the bee.
I grew up in a south that comes alive with azaleas and dogwoods in the spring. The blooming period lasts for about two weeks and then it's over. This is a different kind of azalea that was developed by Buddy Lee of Independence, Louisiana. It's called the Encore Azalea and it blooms at several different times during the year. This one has been blooming for at least 2 months.
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62 comments:

Meire said...

Beautiful ciclamen!

Meire

Reader Wil said...

This is the second post which I think the most beautiful! I can hardly say which flowers are the most beautiful, for there are too many of them! I feel happy to see them.

RuneE said...

Bumblebees NOW? You are lucky indeed. All we have to look forward to are roses made of ice.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Dot

Very interesting post, as always you do!
Azaleas are wonderful!

Thanks for posting here!

Have a nice days!

Luiz, Denise and Pupo - TF team

marina said...

So beautiful shots! The bee is so alive!

Rose said...

Both are beautiful--I would love to try that azalea if I didn't kill every one I ever planted!

My favorite of the two though is the bee...

marLou said...

Love the bumblebee and flowers. Very nice close up! So lovely.

arleena said...

Beautiful ciclamen and the bee is nice.

Leora said...

Love that one you call an azalea. It reminds me of hibiscus. And the bee on the butterfly bush is a charming photo.

fishing guy said...

Dot: Your bumblebee was neat and the red of that Azalea was really nice.

ChrissyM said...

I was surprise to see a bee the other day. I love that second photo! Gorgeous!! The color is stunning, I love that color! I love my lillies when they are in bloom but they don't last long.

guild-rez said...

I am growing very succesfully Azaleas in our garden in Toronto.
They bloom during spring. But during the winter I love to have some flowering Azaleas in our house.
We had some very nice warm Indian summer days last week and I watched Bumblebees in our garden as well.
Wonderful pictures.
- Cheers Gisela

mirage2g said...

I was surprised to seem honeybees in my area too when its cold already...

Love the second one too!

titania said...

The bumble bee in her warm fuzzy winter coat is busy getting the last drops of nectar before winter closes in. Lovely Azalea, they flower here twice, once in spring and once in autumn.
Love both pictures.

ilanadavita said...

This pink flower is a beauty.

Rose said...

I meant to answer your comment about if fall lasted longer would we tire of it...I honestly don't think I would. I love the colors of fall, love the weather...but it sure feel like it is over here. Cold and misty and definitely feels like winter today.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Ah Dot what great photos and i love the song goes good with the photos

Denise said...

Azalias are beautiful and your photo is also beautiful. The bumble bee close-up was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

ellen b said...

How great to have this bloom now and to have that wonderful pink still around to enjoy. Have a good week Dot!

Paz said...

I love your flower photos! That bee looks terrific on the flower.

Paz

just say these words said...

I like the huge flower. I feel like I could sit on it.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I've only recently heard of Encore Azaleas. How nice that you have flowers blooming at this time of year! The color is beautiful. Great bumblebee closeup. I'm glad it's finding a bit of nectar; it won't be long 'til that all gone.

Carletta said...

What a great bee shot! I know I'm supposed to be looking at the flowers but wow!
The azalea is pretty. I don't have much success with them. I think I'd like this one.

Arija said...

I am glad your Buddleja still managed to provide food for that beautiful bumble bee.
In Australia most of our Azaleas are repeat flowering, only the deciduous ones are not.

Norm said...

wow! super beautiful especially the second flower its pink my favorite. Thanks for the visit and have a nice day...

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

That bumble bee is awesome!! Great job, Dot, the flowers are beautiful!

Gmj said...

Loverly! good josb on the bee.. "D

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Dot

Now I'm here for thank you!

I'm very happy for your visit!

Best DOT

Luiz

Denise BC said...

Hi Dot
The flowers are in the end but the bee still knows what to find, beautiful image. Azalea are graceful.
We appreciate your participation.
hugs,
Denise

Rosamaria said...

I just love azaleas! They remember my childwood and my mom's house.

I'm going to stay here for a while to hear your music. I'll be back here.

Thanks for your visit.

Neal said...

Another great job Dot. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Gramma L said...

Beautiful - love the bumble bee picture. I need one of those bushes

Olga said...

great closeups!!!

Aisha said...

Oh wow! The cute little bee looks so big on the photo. Great shots! Love them!

PERBS said...

Man! That bee has its winter coat on!!!!!! Beautiful shot of bee.

Napaboaniya said...

I love how you've captured the bee busy working on the nectar of the flower. Beautifully shot :)

Becky and Gary said...

That Azelea is gorgeous! That pink color is my favorite. We still have a few brave bees hanging around here looking desperately for a tasty flower.

2sweetnsaxy said...

That's a fuzzy looking bee. :-) The flowers are beautiful.

Jan said...

Dot, great photos. I really love the top one with the bumble bee.

laura said...

You had lucky about the beepicture, -so good picture. The bee knows where is something to eat. :)
Beautyfull atsalea!

Juliana RW said...

the first shot is my fav.

thanks drop at my post.

AVCR8TEUR said...

That is a huge bumblebee. It looks like it's wearing a fur coat. Haha!

Mckay K said...

Great photos. I particularly like the azalea bloom. The bumble bee on the butterfly bush is amazing.

david mcmahon said...

Simply beautiful, Dot - as always. Your lens sees great things.

Kerri said...

Beautiful Dot!

Jedediah said...

All the bumblebees have been gone here for weeks and I miss them, thanks for the beautiful photos.

MedaM said...

Azaelas are wonderful and its color and a bumble bee in its “fur coat” :-) are so pretty. Breathtaking photos, indeed!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Your growing season lasts soooo much longer than mine!

I bet that beautiful azalea isn't hardy here. Not many are. Nice photo!

Dick said...

Hi

Both fantastic macros, you better fix the HTML and they will be better displayed.

Day4plus said...

Love the bee!!! what a dandy Azalea to bloom for such a long time. MB

david santos said...

Beautiful flowers!!!
I love it! Congratulations!!!!
Have a nice week.

Cris said...

Those are so beautiful... I like the water drop... it looks like it is going down any minute... the colors are exuberant.

dulce said...

The azalea has the most beautiful colour and the other one, I'm sure it still has something left for the bee :-)

nonizamboni said...

Gorgeous flowers! And thanks for the reminder about dogwoods. My husband loved them when we lived in Virginia. I am fond of the deep hued azaleas. . .both of which can't live up in zone 5.
Thanks for sharing!

Daryl said...

These looks great, Dot, I think they look sharp/in focus ... and bee-u-tiful

:-Daryl

Betty Jo said...

Ruth what an incredible bee photo! xoxo

Malyss said...

I wonder how you can do such beautyful pictures!I particularly love the bee, of which it's possible to see every hair!Great shots!

Judy said...

I love the bee photo. It looks like I could reach out and touch it.

Tina Leigh said...

Mama these pictures are great!!! Really really good!

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I like more first!

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