March 28, 2017
 Is It Late Winter or Early Spring?

Since I last posted in the middle of February, I  have collected a good swarm of more winter and early spring flowers. Last time I presented a mystery flower which was later identified my my nephew's wife, Peggy Brubaker as Chickweed. So my first group is of Chickweed.

A. Chickweed 

a close shot of Chickweed

A Patch of Chickweed Getting Ready to Bloom (22-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Chickweed in bloom 

Chickweed Patch in Bloom (24-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a closer look at a Chickweed flower 

Chickweed Flowers Close Up (25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a wide-angle shot of the mass of Chickweed 

Large Patch of Chickweed Growing by the Side Porch of Our House (24-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

B. Persian Speedwell and Henbit Flowers

a group of Persian Speedwell fkiwers

Lovely Blue Flowers of Persian Speedwell (21-Feb-17;© Richard L. Bowman)

close-up of Persian Speedwell

Close-up of One Half-inch Persian Speedwell Flower (23-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Our new next-door neighbor is from Iraq, so I will have to ask him about the Persian Speedwell flower. I know that he enjoyed photographing wildflowers back in Iraq. Yesterday we talked about his grilling of chicken for the lunchtime meal. I will have to try  his recipe.

our neighbor from Iraq 

Next-door Neighbor from Iraq Grilling Chicken (27-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Another wildflower I have not known until I got this camera and looked at small wildflowers is the Henbit plant. I need to do some more investigating of its growth and flowering.

Henbit plant in bloom 

Henbit Plant and Buds Beginning to Flower (2-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

C. Evergreen Shrubs

Holly comes in male and female shrubs. Both are needed close to each other in order for the female plant to bear berries. I think this is a female bush because I once saw berries on it (if my  memory is working well), but there are definitely no berries this year. 


American Holly Bush (12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Our Camellia bush has now been established for a number of years on the slight grade along one side of our front porch. It usually blooms well in the fall, but now it only has buds and some fungus (which I need to get rid of) on its leaves.

Camellia bud 

Camellia Flower Bud Will Bloom Next Fall (22-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

D. More Dried Seed Heads

It is intriguing to me that a number of flowering shrubs and plants keep their seeds or seed husks over winter. Sedum is one such plant, and yet with the coming of spring I will collect all of the dried stalks and seed heads and dispose of them. Anyway, it is fun to see these dried visuals for beauty.

dried Sedum seed head 

Sedum Seed Heads(12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)(12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Seed hall of a Hibiscus bloom 

Seed Hulls Remain on an Hibiscus Stalk(12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)(12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Sycamore fruit 

In Evening Light a Common Grackle Sits High in a Sycamore Tree amidst Its Fruit (7-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Sycamore fruit in daytime 

Sycamore Fruit in Bright Daylight(8-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)(8-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

E. Purple Deadnettle

Growing to 4 inches (10 cm) or a bit more, the Purple Deadnettle plant abounds on our lawn in shallow areas where grass is not well establisheed. The flowers are on the order of 1/8 to 1/4 inch (3-6 mm) across.

Purple Deadnettle plants and flowers 

The Purple Top Leaves Show Clearly on a Few Purple Deadnettle (22-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

10 Purple Deadnettles against a large boulder 

A Group of Purple Deadnettle Near a Boulder in Our Former Garden (25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

close view of a single Purple Deadnettle plant and flowers 

Close-up of One Purple Deadnettle Plants Showing Flower in Detail(25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a ring of Purple Deadnettles around a Persian Speedwell flower 

Ring of Purple Deadnettle Plants Surround a Persian Speedwell Flower(25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)(25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

F. Domesticated Flowers from Bulbs

yellow Crocuses 

Crocuses Blooming in Landisville, PA, USA (28-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Grape Hyacinth  

Grape Hyacinths in Our Rock Garden (25-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)


Clump of Dandelion Blooms Against Our Re-done Front Lawn (10-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Daffodil close up 

Close-up of One Daffodil Bloom (10-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

G. Wild Plants that Propagate through Aerial Dispersion 

Common Dandelion 

One of Many Dandelion Flowers Popping Up on Our Lawn (22-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Common Groundsel 

The Rosetta of a Mature Common Groundsel Plant (24-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

I tried capturing a Common Groundsel flower but have yet to do so. This gives me one more goal to attempt to readch.

close view of Common Groundsel buds and seed head 

Close-up of a Common Groundsel Seed Head and Flower Buds (24-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

H. Flowering Ornamental Plum Tree

As happens every year since we planted it (20 years ago, plus or minus a few!), the Ornamental Plum tree off of the edge of our deck gives us many branches loaded with beautiful flowers. Here are just two examples. 

Ornamental Plum tree blooms 

Flowers on Our Ornamental Plum Tree (7-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Ornamental Plum blossoms on a sunny day 

Ornamental Plum Flowers on a Bright Sun-lit Day (8-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

I. "Christmas" Cactus at Easter

Last week we were moving things to get ready for the person to come and clean our living room carpet. Elsie brought out our Christmas cactus which has bloomed so lovely from the middle of November through the end of January

Christmas Cactus in bloom in March 

Our Christmas Cactus Is Now Our Easter Cactus (23-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

close-up of a blooming Christmas Cactus in March 

Close-up of One Bloom on Our "Easter" Cactus (23-Mar-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Since I had not posted them before, here are pictures of our Christmas Cactus in bloom over the Advent season.

Christmas cactus in bloom 

Christmas Cactus Blooming Last November (with flash) (20-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)

a daytime photo of our Christmas Cactus 

Our Christmas Cactus Still Blooming in January (daylight) (15-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

I just enjoy the beauty of flowers in their many seasons. Hope you have also.

--©2014-17, Richard L. Bowman

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