Saturday, September 17, 2011

Butterfly bush-Buddleja davidii with Red Admiral butterfly

Butterfly bushes are still flowering in the park, even now, in September.
The Butterfly bush-Buddleja is not native to Europe, that's why we treasure them so much.

From the 100 species in the genus Buddleja the most popular is Buddleja davidii from central China.
Buddleja davidii, also called summer lilac or orange eye is naturalized in most central and southern Europe. It is much appreciated and used as an ornamental plant in butterfly gardens and parks.

The lilac to purple inflorescence is produced in panicles at the end of the arching branches and often are honey-scented.
Butterfly bush flower-Buddleja davidii closeup
The flowers are what they call the "perfect flower" meaning that male and female organs are found in different flowers on the same plant and they are often wind pollinated. Though they don't rely on winged pollinators, the flowers are an important nectar source for many species of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Butterfly bush with flowers-Buddleja Bdavidii
Here is a pink butterfly bush flower with a Red Admiral butterfly gathering pollen.

Red Admiral butterflies have a fantastic, vivid coloration on the upper part of their wings. Unfortunately, from my position and taking care not to shake the bush, I could capture most of its underpart, which is dark, marveled.
Pink butterfly bush flower with Red Admiral
Here is a better view of the Red Admiral butterfly's coloration.
Red Admiral butterfly on aster flower
Though Wikipedia says that this species of butterfly bush is not able to survive by temperatures below about -15°C to -20°C, our bushes are adapted to much lower temperatures during our cold winter days.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rose garden in September-rose pictures

The Orthodox Cathedral in the center of our town is surrounded by rose gardens.
The roses are at their last blooming period and are in full bloom now, in September.

I've spent a few hours among these roses, taking pictures, and inhaling their amazingly sweet scent, the one thing I regret that I can't share with you.

There are so many roses here that I've had a really hard time to isolate a few of them for macro shots. In most cases I couldn't do it, and ended up with colorful patches from the blurred out roses in the background.
I'm too lazy to process them in a software but when it comes to roses, it doesn't matter anyway; roses are always roses.
Rose garden in September
Pink rose head-closeup macro
Cream rose head-closeup photo
Coral red rose bud unfolding-closeup photo
Rose garden around the church
See more rose macros in my rose gallery!
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