Shocking brilliance…

Ixora Nora Grant (Ixora coccinea) is one of the most popular shrubs in southern Florida. These balls remind me of the northern Snowball bush; but this plant’s balls burst out in bright tropical color. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Compact, dense blooms found at the Morikami Japanese Garden, but prominent all over Southern Florida.. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

American royalty…

Queen’s Wreath (Petrea volubilis) is an American native found in tropical climates. This vine decorated a wall at Ft. Lauderdale’s famed Bonnett House. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The flowers have dropped leaving what seems at first to be flowers, but are actually five-pointed, star-shaped calyxes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A different naked lady…

My southern sisters are proud of their Naked Ladies (Amaryllis Belladonna), while here in Chicago the Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) is our “Naked Lady”. Both gained their nickname because when the flowers are in bloom their leaves already have become dormant, so are no longer present. These bulb beauties were at Lincoln Park Zoo several weeks ago and drew attention from the Lion Den.

Close up of sunlit petals. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Vibrant autumn color. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Prolific blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Garden bouquet of flowering fall bulbs. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Freshly fallen…

Still lovely, as it’s freshly fallen off the stem. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Multiple stages of life appear on this perennial. Flowering averages three weeks on summer perennials. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Today there was an abundance of fallen flowers. What surprised me was the falling of complete flowers; usually petals fall one at a time. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peak into azure joy…

Springtime Spiderwort beginning to bloom. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Earlier in the month Spiderworts (Tradescantia) were in bloom. They are perennials that tolerate both mesic and “wet feet” (to be in damp soil), so it was appropriate for them to be found near Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The leaves can be 12 inches or longer which, in this case, gently hide its opening buds. What a pleasant find during my morning adventure on the pebbly path.

A favorite miracle…

My favorite Hydrangea is the “snow ball”, it brings out the kid in me. But these are wonderful too: Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Multi-blossom flowers in one bloom are one of God’s awesome miracles; layers and layers of exquisiteness.

Oak leaves and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Oak Leaf Hydrangea buds and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of Oak Leaf Hydrangea. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Enjoy from a distance…

Emerging Musk Thistle (Carduus Nutans) found along the Grant’s Trail in St. Louis during a morning walk. Beautiful, but untouchable for all its bristles.

Musk Thistle bloom with bud in background. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Opening Musk Thistle flower. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

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