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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
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fiwit
Aug 25, 2011 10:52 AM CST
As a rule of thumb, one should never take photos in the middle of the day, but I couldn't resist grabbing the camera. I call the second one: Drinking deeply of the Summer Wine


(y'all already know this, but cilck to embiggen)



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Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
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Name: Shelly
Colorado (Zone 5b)
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Shelly
Aug 25, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Ooooh! Great and beautiful photos! I love me some STs! A little off topic (the pics got me thinking of my STs around here)... Does your Buddleia Weyeriana make seeds? I would gladly pay you for some seeds if so. I have been wanting some BF bush, and this is a beaut!
I looked into Buddleia Blue Chip, and have a perfect spot for that one too, but I will look closer to home to save on the shipping many places want. Blinking
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Aug 26, 2011 3:54 AM CST
Thanks!

I got my first one from High Country Gardens, but they no longer offer it (that said, let me encourage you to explore Buddleia Alternifolia, if you haven't yet. When I first saw one, it reminded me of a weeping willow with flowers). Found my second one at Lowes or Home Depot a couple years ago -- I was SHOCKED that they would have something so unusual in their collection of standard plants. (I love my Lowes Garden Center folks, but don't expect to find unusual specimens there)


Its page on DG says that it has seeds. I've never paid any attention, really. I deadhead through the summer, then leave it alone for the winter and cut it back in Feb usually. If dried-up flower heads = seeds, I'll be happy to collect some for you if you send me a treemail in October to remind me.
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Aug 26, 2011 3:57 AM CST
I just have to share this one other photo (it's days like yesterday that make me wish I had a dSLR instead of just a really good quality point&shoot.)


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Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Aug 26, 2011 7:43 AM CST
As is evidenced by that shot, some of the point 'n shoots do a fabulous job. Of course, having a terrific photographer behind it really helps!

Do you know Dahlianut? She needs to know about 'embiggening', lol!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Aug 26, 2011 7:58 AM CST
sheryl said:As is evidenced by that shot, some of the point 'n shoots do a fabulous job. Of course, having a terrific photographer behind it really helps!

Do you know Dahlianut? She needs to know about 'embiggening', lol!


Thanks! I've always said that it's the user, not the tool. One of my pet peeves is folks who think it's the camera that makes the picture. If you don't have the vision for the shot, you'll get bupkus no matter what camera you use. My mom spent $300 on a camera back in the 90s, and complained because it still cut off people's heads or feet when she took pictures. Hilarious! The big difference I've seen between my shots and those of dSLRs is the clarity. My camera has a phenomenal lens (Panasonic camera, Leica lens), but I think a dSLR would have pretty much let you count each individual hair on the bee's bottom. Then again, that might be something those other folks do when processing the photo, as opposed to the actual raw photo itself.

(and you're right - "embiggen" should probably be added to DN's glossary or whatever she calls it.)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Aug 26, 2011 8:23 PM CST
LOL, yup, her dictionary. I'll point it out to her!

You're welcome, I think it's a great shot. Funny story about your mom.... stupid camera, lol!

BTW, I found it is *very* easy to propagate Buddleia.... if you haven't tried it before, it's a great place to start. You could have 20 of those babies in no time!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Shelly
Colorado (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds
Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Colorado The WITWIT Badge Lilies Region: United States of America Dog Lover
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Shelly
Aug 27, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Thank you Mary! I will shoot you a tree mail in awhile!
"You may not be responsible for getting knocked down, but you're certainly responsible for getting back up."


Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Aug 28, 2011 4:07 AM CST
More examples of: "it's the user, not the tool..." (although I have to admit, an auto-focus tool is a GREAT advantage)

These are from Sept 2002, when I had a 2.1mp digicam. All taken at Callaway Garden's butterfly house.

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And one of my all-time favorites...

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Mind you, for every awesome shot, I'll have 5 not-awesome shots. That last one -- I didn't realize until I saw it on the computer what I had actually gotten a picture of. I thought it was just 2 butterflies sharing a plant. Hilarious!
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Aug 29, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Wow, *very* nice. Even the butterfly pornography, lol! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Sep 2, 2011 6:53 AM CST
I love seeing pics of 'butterfly lovin', and yours is fantastic. More babies on the way. Hurray!
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Sep 2, 2011 10:23 AM CST
Here's another - also from Callaway Garden


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Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Sep 2, 2011 12:23 PM CST
That's a very cool pic.
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Sep 2, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Thanks Smiling It's one of my faves
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Sep 2, 2011 5:25 PM CST
I bet - it looks like either one giant butterfly or a mirror/ reflection of one. *Very* nice.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 3, 2011 4:51 PM CST
Good shots!
I love the paper kites! I work at the tropical butterfly exhibit when it is here at the Botanic Gardens. I have lots of pictures and cherish each one.
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
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Sheila_FW
Sep 3, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Here is a thread for tropical butterflies....please post some there if you have others. I haven't gotten around to posting many as yet myself. I work at the exhibit here at Botanic Gardens when they have it. Love the tropicals! The thread "Tropical Butterflies from Exhibits or around the world" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

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