…of Autumn’s colors!
…is quite beauteous in autumnal floral displays, don’t you think?
It seems to become an even more attractive plant when it is combined with another delightful Autumn tradition: the simple, yet always gorgeous, Chrysanthemum!
NOTE: The above images were processed in Photoshop (TM) utilizing the Watercolor filter overlaid with the Diffuse Glow filter (using pure white as the glow color).
A few ambitious, young gardeners began early this season, first taking out half the old soil from their small raised bed at the local Community Garden, then replacing it with compost and weed-free soil.
About a month ago, in spite of Chicago’s cold, late Spring, they planted seeds and a few hardier vegetables.
Here are some of the results, as of last Saturday:
I have to say, “I am GREEN with envy!”
I found some gorgeous Peonies in full bloom on my mile walk to the pharmacy the other day…but I really didn’t care for the way the images turned out…so, of course, this morning I decided to ‘play’ a bit!
I didn’t realize the next image featured a fly and the eyes of two ‘garden decor’ deer until I uploaded.
I decided to get rid of the faux deer–a good choice, in my opinion!
Photoshop’s Artistic Ocean Ripple filter has never really appealed to me–until I ‘played’ with it on this image…and found it added some interest to a very ordinary photo of a Peony.
Combined, these two images took about an hour to process, and the results were entirely worth spending the time to make the ordinary a bit ‘extraordinary’!
You might ask why I bother transforming what are considered dull images?
“Because for me, it’s fun…and everyone needs SOME fun in their lives, don’t they?!?”
…here in Chicago.
I spent quite a few hours digging out old caulk above my bathroom sink and around the tub.
And yes, I am tired…but not too tired to show you the beauties captured the other day in the parkway in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House!
Lastly, these were quite a surprise:
As we are in the last week of April, and its flower-bringing showers, I hope all you gardeners out there are also seeing some marvelous Flora…at last!
…produced Springtime surprises!
At the Emil Bach House, the legendary array of Tulips had begun to sprout!
Next door at the Cat’s Cradle Bed and Breakfast, more of the same!
Plus…the very first Crocus!
At the corner of Sheridan Road and Fargo Avenue, the Daffodils are standing proudly…won’t be long until they bloom!
Farther up Fargo Avenue, more Daffodils and Crocus!
But the best ‘gift’ of the day was my favorite early bloomer–the delicate, yet very hardy, Snowdrop!
Officially, Spring begins with the vernal equinox at 6:02 A.M. (CDT) on March 20, 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere.
…but don’t plan on using them unless you know for a fact they haven’t been sprayed with any type of insecticide!
The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.
During World War II, the people of Britain were encouraged through letters to The Times newspaper, articles in the British Medical Journal, and pamphlets produced by Claire Loewenfeld, a dietitian working for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, to gather wild-grown rose hips and to make a vitamin C syrup for children. This was because German submarines were sinking many commercial ships: citrus fruits from the tropics were very difficult to import.
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