Calif_Sue's blog: Garden shots and spiders

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:24 AM

 

I love taking close-up shots of blooms but I have been anxiously waiting for the new beds to fill in so I can get some overall shots. Right now I have a plant blooming that is new for me and I just love it! It's called  Anchusa azurea “Alkanet”

I got it from Annie's Annuals Nursery last summer in a 4" pot, if you click on their link above, doesn't their description sound wonderful?! It grew quickly and now it is in full bloom, and what a glorious blue! There aren't too many great blues like this for the garden, especially something this size. Soon, I will have a neighboring rose bloom in a soft yellow and on the other side I will have a yellow kniphofia bloom. Last week I stopped by Annie's and picked up 2 more so that I have this mass of blue repeated in a couple of other areas in the garden by next year.

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We ordered a copper rain chain off Amazon for the shed and it sure is nicer than any old boring downspout!

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And now a few blooms that are adding spots of color.

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These are a couple of historic iris below, the one on the right is a NOID from Zuzu's garden, even with all these fancy new iris, this one is a special favorite.

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OK, now you'll notice I titled this blog 'Garden shots and spiders', here comes the spiders part. We have lots of spider webs all over the outside of the house, I am constantly either taking a broom or the hose to them. A few days ago we noticed this mass of newly hatched spiders, hundreds of them, each barely the size of a pinhead. No wonder we have so many webs! They were quickly dispatched.

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And that same day, I was sitting downstairs in the family room when out of the corner of my eye I see this large spider, INSIDE my house, walking across the carpet! Everyone was already in bed so I had to take a deep breath and scoot it into a glass jar. (Go ahead, I dare you to enlarge that shot!) This was almost exactly the same spot I saw one this size a year ago. How they get inside is a mystery. I found two more outside today in the garden under pots.

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Outside, with garden gloves and shoes on, not so bad, inside, that's the stuff of nightmares, gives me the creepy crawlies!

Today I shot this beautiful clematis and when I edited it, I saw the tiny white spider on it, not as creepy.

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Ok, now I got the crawling skin feeling again.

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Love your pictures! by Pippi21 May 17, 2012 11:28 PM 1
Beautiful blues.... by vic May 14, 2012 10:17 PM 2

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