Friday, April 30, 2010

Macro Flowers Saturday #8-Mimulus Tigrinus-Tiger Monkey Flower

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I wish all of you a beautiful weekend and hope you have many beautiful flowers today, as always.
I bought some new flowers a few days ago.
This is one of them - Mimulus Tigrinus or on its common name Tiger Monkey flower.
I love its large bright yellow flowers spotted with red & mahogany.
Mimulus are called monkey-flowers because some species have flowers shaped like a monkeys face, others have painted faces resembling a monkey. The name mimulus comes from Latin mimus, meaning "mimic actor"or from the Greek mimos meaning "imitator".
Tiger Monkey Flower - Mimulus Tigrinus Grandiflorus
Tiger Monkey Flower - Mimulus
This flower really knows how to please you; it had two open blossoms when I bought it and in the morning I had the pleasure to see a new, third bloom.
I have to replant it in a bigger pot and I am afraid to disturb it.
Tiger Monkey Flower - Mimulus Tigrinus
All I could find out about Mimulus is that it can also be grown indoors as a house plant and it grows best in a mostly shady area with rich soil kept fairly moist.
If any of you knows more, please let me know. I should like to keep it alive as much as possible.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Purple Deadnettle-Lamium purpureum

Nettles are my favorite medicinal herbs.
Purple Dead-nettle, or Purple Archangel (Lamium purpureum) is a member of the mint family.
Its bright red-purple flowers are a prominent source of pollen for bees in March-April, when bees need the pollen as protein to build up their nest.
Humble-bee on a purple dead-nettle
The entire plant is edible,very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. The top leaves of young plants are good in salads and if finely chopped it can also be used in sauces.

Purple dead-nettle flower

Medicinal uses:

Purple Dead-nettle is used as an astringent, diuretic, purgative and tonic. Lab tests show that Lamium purpureum seed oil possess high antioxidant activities.

Purple dead-nettle-Lamium purpureum
The dried herb, made into a tea and sweetened with honey, promotes perspiration and acts on the kidneys, being useful in cases of chill.

The leaves are also useful to staunch wounds, when bruised and outwardly applied.

Purple dead-nettle flower plant
Purple Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) is often confused with its sister, the Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule).
Their flowers are similar pink-purple but their leaves are more distinctive; Lamium purpureum leaves are more triangular shaped and youngest leaves are purple and have petioles while Lamium amplexicaule leaves are round shaped with rounded teeth along their edge.
Lamium purpureum
Lamium+amplexicaule-Henbit

RECIPES:

Medicinal tea: Add 2 tbsp. fresh or dried herb to 1 cup water steep for 10 min. strain and drink in 1/2 cup doses, for laxative, and general tonic.

Pot Herb: Boil flowers and young leaves in water for 25 to 30 min. drain, season to taste. It can be cooked the same way as spinach. It has an astringent taste.

Lamium amplexicaule
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Echinacea Purpurea-Purple Coneflowers

Echinacea Purpurea flowers, commonly known as Purple Coneflowers, Snakeroot, are members of the Asteraceae family.
Some species are cultivated as garden flowers for their showy flower head and some, in herbal medicine.

The genus name is from the Greek word "echinos", meaning hedge hog.
Like all Asteraceae, Echinacea flowers have a cone-shaped head.
Once the flower head opens, the petals of the outer ray florets are flexed downward, thus forming a cone. Hence the name.

Echinacea purpurea-Coneflower-macro

Medicinal Action and Uses.

Echinacea is popularly believed to supports and stimulate immune system and helps provide additional protection against infections.
While the exact chemical compounds responsible for the plant's healing efficacy is unclear, its therapeutic value is well known.
The above-ground parts of the plant are used to make fresh juice, infusions (warm-water teas), and tinctures. The roots are used in either cut or powdered form for capsules, fluid extracts, teas, and tinctures.
The roots and the whole plant are considered particularly beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds, burns etc, possessing cortisone-like and antibacterial activity. Echinacea plant was used by North American Indians as a universal application to treat the bites and stings of all types of insects.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Yellow fringed tulips-crispa tulip photos

Fringed tulips also known as Crispa tulips or Lace tulips are single late tulips and they bloom late in the season.
The petals of fringed tulips look similar to a frayed edge of satin fabric.
These very elegant tulips can be found in the most magnificent colors known to tulips; pink, peach, yellow, red, purple, white and also bi-color varieties.
The fringe can be in the same or in a contrasting color.

This bright yellow fringed tulip is called Fringed Elegance.
Yellow fringed tulip-macro
Besides the ruffled edges of the petals this one has a red flamed petal too.
Yellow fringed tulip-macro photo
Yellow fringed tulip-crispa tulip
I'll post other colors of these beautiful, non traditional tulips too, in future posts.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

White Alstroemeria macro-Macro Flowers Saturday #7

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I wish you all a flowery weekend and can't wait to see your beautiful flowers.
I'll display a white alstroemeria today, the flower of friendship.

Alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas and Parrot Lily is a members of the amaryllis family.
Alstroemeria is similar in appearance to lilies, hence the name. Albeit in miniature version.
The lovely and delicate looking white blooms are heart shaped, therefore, the Peruvian Lily is considered to be a flower of friendship.


White Alstroemeria-macro photo
Alstroemeria macro
I like how one petal, that with the speckles stands out from the rest.
White Alstroemeria-Peruvian lily macro
See also the red Alstroemeria flowers.

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There are a great variety of wildflowers now in spring, they can be beautiful photo subjects.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Red-pink dahlia picture-macro photography

Dahlia flowers are another example of perfect geometry, designed by mother nature.
Red-pink dahlia-close-up photo
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pink-magenta geranium-macro photo

This modest little flower is another kind of geranium. I like its vivid pink petals with the crimson veins on it
Pink-magenta geranium-macro photo
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Single yellow rose-macro photography

Another rose photo, this time, a garden rose.
Single yellow rose-macro photography
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Beautiful iris flower with ugly insects-macro photo

I took this photo in the Botanical Garden.
This is some kind of iris flower, beautiful but full of these ugly insects.

The bugs were not feeding on the iris flower but fighting each other and constantly moving.
I managed somehow to take an acceptable picture of them, after several tries.
Beautiful iris flower with insects
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Macro Flowers Saturday #6-Beautiful roses

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I wish all of you a beautiful weekend and hope you have many beautiful flowers today, as always.
Here is my contribution:
Red-yellow rose-macro

Red-yellow rose with raindrops-macro
Red-pink rose with raindrops-macro
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Update: I didn't want to bore you with too much text but I should like to answer some comments.
It is a bit too cold for blooming roses still, these lovely roses are from the florist.
It is a custom here when you give flowers to someone to give them flowers from the florist rather than your own garden. It shows more respect and thoughtfulness.
There are many sad events happening this week and as we have national mourning day on Sunday I've subconsciously or maybe consciously posted these roses out of respect.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pink daisy chrysanthemums with a bee-close-up

Just some pink daisy chrysanthemums with a bee, today.
Pink daisy chrysanthemums with a bee-close-up
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bee on white cherry blossoms-cherry blossom macros

This lovely bee does an impeccable work pollinating the cherry blossoms.
Unfortunately the constant raining will leave us without fruits.
Cherry blossom with bee-macro
White cherry blossoms
Raindrops on white cherry blossoms
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

White purple flamed lily tulip-late blooming tulip macro photo

Late Spring Blooming- Lily Tulips are blooming from mid- to late spring.

These beautiful tulips bloom with an elegant white-purple color form early to mid May.

Their narrow pointed petals that curled outward are decorated with contrasting purple strikes.

They should be plant in sheltered areas, protected by wind.

Have a close look of this elegant spring beauty.
White-purple flamed Lily Tulip
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Yellow parrot tulip pictures-Monsella Tulips

These fully opened Monsella Tulips are an amazing color display in the garden during late March and April. With their big and fluffy flower head, the blooms look like parrot tulips but they are not.

Monsella Tulips are slightly fragrant and have a striking color combination with bright yellow petals painted with red streaks.
"Tulipa Monsella" are double early tulips featuring large and long-lasting flowers on short sturdy stems.

Double Early Tulips are short plants, generally 30cm (12 in) tall.
They should be planted in places protected by strong wind.
Yellow parrot tulip
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lemon Lily-Yellow day-lily pictures

Lemon Lily or Yellow day-lily blooms in summer with fragrant, lemon yellow flowers in cluster of 3 to 7 flower.
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, on its botanical name, is one of the first daylilies used for breeding and is found in parts of Europe and China.

Lemon Lily has narrow, up to 75 cm (30 in) long leaves, forming big spreading clumps.
The flowers, young leaves and the tubers of this plant are edible and are used in Asiatic (Chinese and Japanese) cuisine.

This photo was taken in the Botanical garden of Cluj-Napoca (RO).
Lemon lily -macro
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Friday, April 09, 2010

Macro Flowers Saturday #5-Magnolia tree-magnolia flower pictures

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend and have many beautiful flowers to show.
Magnolia flowers are fully open now by us.
Today I contribute with a white magnolia tree full of flowers.
White magnolia flower
Middle of a white magnolia-macro
White magnolia-macro
White magnolia tree against the blue sky
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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Violet-blue pansies-pansy flower photos

Blue and violet pansies are also lovely spring flowers.
We have them planted everywhere in the town and their pretty faces smile in the spring sunshine.
Blue pansy-macro
Violet pansies
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Yellow wild roses-pictures

Two lovely yellow wild roses are a beautiful scene too.
Yellow wild roses
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Single pink rose- rose photo

It is not yet summer but roses are always beautiful.
Here is a lovely pink rose surrounded by a dark green carpet of leaves.
Single pink rose
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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pink cherry blossoms-Easter Sunday

HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!
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These cherry blossom photos are also from my blind shooting session, when I had no glasses with me and I was relying only on Canon's magic. I think, I shall never carry my glasses with me in the future.
Pink cherry blossom with butterfly
Pink cherry blossom-macro photography
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Friday, April 02, 2010

Macro Flowers Saturday #4 - Purple hanging orchid

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I hope you are having a beautiful Holy Week and to make it more beautiful, enchant us all with your lovely flowers.
My contribution is this beautiful hanging Vanda orchid, which I saw hanging on the walls of common florist boutique a few days ago.
It is the first time I see a hanging orchid with its long tendrils of roots dangling down.
Wall hanging Vanda orchid
Ignorant as I am I asked the florist why did he take it out from the pot?
I admired the brilliant colors and the large shape of the orchid flowers but it was very expensive and I decided to read about it first. I am glad I did because I found out that they are definitely tropical orchids and difficult plants.
Now I know, in the wild they grow on trees with their roots in the air.

Purple hanging orchid
Indoors, if hanging they will require soaking every day and they need lot of sunlight.
As gorgeous these orchids are and as much I should like to have one, with half a year cold weather, I couldn't offer them the proper care.

Purple hanging orchid-macro
Purple Vanda orchid
Happy Easter everyone!

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Purple violets with raindrops-pictures of perfumed violets

Purple violets are blooming everywhere in the gardens and even on the roadside, filling the air with their sweet perfume.
It is raining and they are a little bit down but still smiling under the raindrops.
Purple violets on the roadside
Purple violets with raindrops
Violets-wildflowers in the rain
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