And back to tulips

Of course.

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Pink and gold

closeup of pink poppy with a bug

We found the most amazing poppies walking today.

The bug is not a bee or wasp, but a hoverfly (family Syrphidae); beyond that identification I won’t venture. They feed on nectar and pollen. And you can see the wee bits of pollen dust all over the petal behind it.

Pink…

dianthus

The dianthus is blooming.

dianthus

dianthus

some kind of onion flower buds

… and blue. This is some kind of ornamental (?) onion that pops up in the lavender bed every year. It’s very subtle but I really like it.

Autumn hydrangea

fading hydrangea flowers 1

It’s pissing rain right now, so I’ll pretend it’s nicer weather and post some pictures taken a week or so ago, of the hydrangea.

fading hydrangea flowers 2

This is the same plant I posted pictures of here.

fading hydrangea flowers 3

Even as the flowers turn over and fade it stays beautiful.

fading hydrangea flowers 4

The other irises

purple and yellow iris 1

The owners who landscaped around our yard and around the pond, long before we bought the property, planted yellow flag irises. Sigh. Much of my yard work every summer is a long, futile, and very muddy attempt to fight this invasive species back. (One strategy I’ve seen described: cover the plants with a heavy tarp, weight it down, make sure it extends well beyond the area of the plants; leave the tarp in place for several YEARS and you MIGHT kill them.)

But elsewhere in the yard—in a dry spot—there’s another iris. I don’t know what it is, some sort of purple flag? I don’t think it’s a native variety, but it’s hard to know. Unlike most irises I’ve seen, it’s got very subtle colours—the purple and yellow together almost have a brownish tinge. The flowers are smaller and seem less floppy than many irises. It’s so self-effacing that the flowers always take me by surprise: omg, there are flowers here!

purple and yellow iris 2

It’s not flashy, but it sure is elegant.

purple and yellow iris 3

Zoom in (or out)

closeup of twinflower patch

On our walk today I spotted one of the densest patches of twinflower that I’ve ever seen. We have some in our yard, but it’s nothing like this. (With luck maybe it will become so…)

twinflowers from slightly further away

They are really quite remarkably pretty at this time of year.

twinflower patch

This patch was lollopping over a log, I think. It was so dense you couldn’t really tell.

A changeable flower

Changing forget-me-not, Myosotis discolor 1

I encountered this attractive little flower on an early morning walk. It’s very, very tiny; the flowers were probably about 3 to 4 mm across. What was unusual about it is that consistently, some flowers were yellow and some blue—on the same plant. That’s fairly unusual, so I looked it up.

It turns out that this is Myosotis discolor, the Changing forget-me-not (also may be called the blue-and-yellow forget me not, among other things). The flowers start yellow but change to blue as they get older. It’s listed as an Exotic in Canada; in other words, it was introduced, escaped, and has naturalized. But it’s not considered a pest.

Which is happy for the plant, and for us. It’s a pretty little thing.

Changing forget-me-not, Myosotis discolor 2

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