Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I WENT TO THE GARDEN CENTER

I have been looking at our garden again, seeing what I can find to attract bees and butterflies.  A few days ago we visited a nearby garden center.  



I found the pretty frame above on my PIP app, the same app as I used for the collage in my previous post.


Not being that knowledgeable about such things, all I had to do was look at what they had in stock, and which flowers attracted the most bees.  However, I only bought one plant, a coneflower in a deep orange, almost red color, still to be planted at the side of the house where it will get plenty of sun.  

This is called a Pincushion Flower - Scabiosa columbaria - 'Butterfly Blue'.


I also took photos of a lot of other flowers I would like to add eventually.  It is a lovely place and fun to browse around, I will be going again soon.  The pretty flower below is the same photo as the top one in the frame, cropped.

Gaillardia - Blanket Flower


This is Agastache - 'Black Adder'.








Coneflowers



The Blanket Flower again.



I either forgot to or didn't see an ID on these.  At first I thought they were Ox Eye Daisies.  Noticing the yellow tinge on the leaves I looked on line.  The nearest I came to identifying them was a Banana Cream Shasta Daisy?



Because I am very happy with the quality of photos from my phone (and sometimes my iPAD), I didn't bother buying a point and shoot camera when my last one stopped working.  Most of the photos I take now are with my phone, unless I need the other one with the zoom lens when I am trying to take photos of birds and other wildlife.   












I have a few more photos from here, but as they are of a different theme I will share them next time.



43 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers! I like the little railroad.

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  2. I love hanging out in Garden Centers. Your phone pictures are excellent!! I adore the little village and train. And your wonderful bee pictures! I think they are Carpenter Bees. So gentle you can catch them in your hand. I love your pretty frame. I don't think I have ever seen a Pincushion Flower! Now I will remember when I see one. And it does look like it has pins sticking out of it. My favorites are the little train track, and your wonderful bee in the white flower. Gorgeous post!

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    1. Thank you Ginny :) Your sweet comments bring a smile to my face.

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  3. Garden centres can be wonderful places - though expensive if you are as weak willed as I am.

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    1. Hi EC, I agree. I will be going back sometime.

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  4. That's a superb selection but I didn't know the Scabiosa was called a pincushion flower. I can see why!

    Re cameras, the one in my new iphone isn't a patch on the old one. I am very disappointed. Maybe it's because the phone is smaller... whatever, I don't like it.

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    1. I enjoyed the selection also Valerie. That's a shame about your phone. My new one turned out to be far better than my old one, even my old point and shoot.

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  5. Wonderful flowers. It seems to me that whatever you're using to take photos works just fine! And the railway has reminded me I need to post about 'Open Gardens'...

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    1. Thank you Mike and I am looking forward to that post.

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  6. totally awesome photos and that bee is Spectacular.. wow. that adder flower grows wild in Emerson Point preserve here..

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Interesting about your adder flower.

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  7. How gorgeous, Denise! I feel as though I went to this place with you! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a fantastic day, dear friend. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda :) and you are very welcome. You have a fantastic day too dear friend :)

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  8. Thanks for the lovely flowers and the poem!

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  9. I need to head to the garden center and see about putting some fresh color on the deck. I'm with Linda, I like that railroad!

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  10. What an awesome garden center! Hope you went home with some wonderful pollinator flowers!

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    1. One large coneflower plant Marie but we aim to go back :)

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  11. The pincushion flower and the coneflower are my favorites! Also love the post underneath, Denise. It looks great food!

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  12. Hi Denise and some beautiful flowers, love the Gaillardia, such wonderful colours. Great image of the Bee. All the best, John

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    1. Thank you John and I hope you are feeling much better :)

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    1. Thank you William, it is a favorite of mine.

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  14. Those photos have clarity. But, I still prefer to keep my cell phone and Canon camera separate. One is for calls, the other is for photos.

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    1. I know, I felt the same way up until I had my new phone and liked the quality of the photo better. The colors seemed much more vibrant, so now I think of my phone as my camera.

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  15. Nice selection from the garden center, no matter what you choose you can't go wrong.

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  16. WoW!!! what a beautiful garden center!! i have never seen a red coneflower, it is so pretty. my purple ones are getting ready to bloom, my black eyed susans too!! i think milkweed is a good one for butterflies!!!

    i threw down an old pack of wildflowers in my garden, expecting nothing and boy was i surprised. it created a beautiful garden edge and it attracts butterflies and humming birds!!!

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    1. I am taking notes Debbie :) especially about those wildflowers :)

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  17. Gorgeous shots and garden! Love that bumblebee photo.

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    1. Thank you Lady Fi, the bees were busy that day :)

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  18. Lovely photos from the garden center, Denise, and I agree that the iPhone does a great job. Even though I have several point & shoot digital camera, the phone is with me more often. Pat would have enjoyed seeing the village and train setup.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy, and nothing seems to get by us now that we can carry our phone around in a pocket.

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  19. I am jealous that you have such a lovely garden centre to go to. Our only reasonable nursery here was closed down through lack of support. I am looking for a small shrub that will attract the insects, and it is impossible to find anything suitable in the few places that sell plants here. There is always the internet but transport is ridiculous! I had a gorgeous sage plant in the spot and it suddenly just died. It was always alive with bugs and butterflies.
    Have a good day Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, I try not to take these places for granted as we are spoiled for choice in this area. I agree, transportation prices are ridiculously expensive. Good luck in finding that plant and you have a good day too :)

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  20. I love to visit garden centres, there is always so much to see.
    The flowers are so colourful in your photo's and I love the miniature railway.

    All the best Jan

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  21. I love Gaillardia but don't have any...and now I want that second coneflower color you showed...it is gorgeous. I would love to visit this place...

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  22. Jan and Rose, thank you both. I couldn't open up the individual comment box and will try again later. So glad you enjoyed my post :)

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  23. I use my iphone almost 95% of the time now instead of my Canon too.

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    1. These phones seem to be getting better and better don't they?

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