Posts Tagged ‘open’


August 16, 2013 2 comments
Yellow four o'clock flowers (there are pink ones, too, but the pink here is balsam)

Yellow four o’clock flowers (there are pink ones, too, but the pink here is balsam)

Our courtyard has a small section given over to four o’clock flowers.

They insist on growing in the gravel there rather than in the flowerbed above where they were planted.

They also show a very independent spirit about when they open their flowers.

Four o’clock is wildly inaccurate;  these ones don’t open till late evening.

Then they party all through the night and into the next morning.

This post is my 730th since I started posting regularly every day. To complete 2 years, I need one more because 2012 was a leap year! At the precise anniversary, I’ll be moving over lock, stock and barrel to Daily Reflection on our company website, where you’ll already find a duplicate of this photo. Please come and follow me there!



March 28, 2013 1 comment
A small clump of celandines

A small clump of celandines

I came across this clump of celandines today.

The flowers were fully open despite the fact that it was raining about an hour later. They’d be pretty useless as a weather-glass!

I was reminded of one of my favourite paperweights.

I don’t remember where it came from, but it would have been made by pouring acrylic resin in layers so as to trap the flowers.

I’d love to do that, except that paperweights are going out in a paperless society!

A very pretty paperweight, slightly faded

A very pretty paperweight, slightly faded

Nectarine blossom

March 24, 2013 Leave a comment


A fortnight ago the first pink appeared on the nectarine buds.

I’ve been watching ever since as the pink part got bigger and bigger but stayed resolutely closed.

Then suddenly this evening the first flower opened.

In fact it opened as I watched it.

I know because I took a photo, then decided to take another, and already the bloom was almost unrecognisable!


Fully open a few minutes later

Plum blossom

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment
First flowers to open in the orchard

First flowers to open in the orchard

Today was the first dry, sunny day for ages.

The dragon’s blood plum tree took advantage to open a couple of flowers.

It’s even overtaken the nectarine tree which hasn’t quite unfurled any petals yet.

Coltsfoot x 4

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Detail I'd never notice otherwise

Coltsfoot bloom

Just one coltsfoot bloom, but taken with a lens which magnifies x 4!

I’m enjoying experimenting with Clive’s present, seeing detail I never would have otherwise.

A lot of the coltsfoot blooms look a bit ragged so I chose one that wasn’t too far open.

The cheerful little sun-like faces are appearing everywhere!

Wisteria buds

March 30, 2012 1 comment

Wisteria buds

Our wisteria, which in 4 years has only ever had one flower (last year; and I almost didn’t see it), is covered in buds.

In fact I’m even worried whether it’s going to have enough energy left over to make leaves.

They’re quite extraordinary-looking things, the buds: covered in scales like snakes.

I can’t wait to see them open.

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