Summer’s farewell…

The soft colored, delicate, yet hardy, Japanese Anemone is a welcome, graceful contrast from the bright yellows of many summer flowers. For me, I know that summer is on it’s way out, allowing for Autumn’s entry. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

While the most common Japanese Anemone in gardens is white with a pinkish tinge, this Rosy colored find is equally beautiful. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

From bud to bloom to seed, this flower draws attention throughout it’s arrival in late summer. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Gentle, quiet loveliness. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Creative designs…

Some of Summer’s outdoor enjoyment are the gardens of flowering colors and shapes and smells. Lincoln Park explodes this time of year with a bounty of gardens not to be missed! Here is just one small sample of summer perrenials found in Lincoln Park.

Purple Coneflower gently leans on a rail along North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Summer prairie perrenials, Black Eyed Susan, complement this bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A cluster of Red Bee’s Balm makes a simple, yet, profound floral arrangement. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Gathered gifts…

The weekly Green City Markets just outside of Lincoln Park Zoo, in Lincoln Park, Chicago includes freshly gathered flowers, not to be missed. Come visit it any Wednesday during the growing season. Saturdays have over 32 vendors; Wednesdays over 16. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Couldn’t resist taking some of these beautiful, natural gifts home. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Many choices of natural flora encourages your creative design imaginations to play. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close up look at spring…

These are buds and blooms from a flowering tree this past spring; perhaps a kind of Crab Apple tree. The varying shades from white to purple make the flower fascinating to observe; at least for me. Copyright Pamela Breitberg

Sometimes the best view is super close-up. These images were taken with my Nikon macro lens. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Look closely…

One needs to stop and look close to see the tiny blooms on this row of hedges rimming an apartment building’s property. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The buds caught my attention a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure if they’d amount to flowers of any signifigance. Cute little flowers that will last only a few weeks each year, like most perennials. Then just a memory. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Is it the water…

These giant, graceful Orchids were in full bloom next to Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. A must see!

Beautiful, graceful Orchids are an easy find in Grant Park, Chicago. CLICK on image above for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The Two Orchids reach for the sky. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago with Two Orchids on the southern end of the fountain, with the magnificent skyline in the background. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mysterious beauty…

Spring blooming flower found on one of our neighborhood walks in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. I don’t know the name of this beauty. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Closer view of these flowers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

R-rated naming…

Who would think that the lovely Orchid (Orchidaceae) name is derived from the Anciet Greek name for testicle; noting the shape of the twin tubers of some speicies. (see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae).

The beauty of this species brings forth other discriptors from viewers; at least from this viewer. This Orchid had been successfully attached to a tree in the quaint Lauderdale by the Sea Village retail area.

Dingy beauty…

An oxymoron it seems; but someone chose its name, Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum). Orchids are never “dingy”. But this is this dear Orchid’s name.

The Dingy-flowered Star Orchid is considered an endangered native of Florida.

Tiny Orchid blooms have visitors. This flower has no nectar but it’s aroma attracts moths (not shown here) for pollination. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Overall view of the Dingy-flowered Star Orchid. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg