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Red geranium-Pelargonium x hortorum- photos

Common Geranium is a very popular annual noted for its large clusters of floral heads. The Garden Geranium, Pelargonium x hortorum on its botanical name is a very rewarding bedding plant used in pathways and border, blooming continuously from early summer till the frost comes.
Geraniums in a wide range of colors, from white, pink, red, salmon, orange, violet, single-colored or bi-color are commonly used as a bold-textured accent in hanging baskets, window boxes, planters and even as houseplants in Winter.
Deep red geranium-closeup
I often admire the geraniums in the window boxes on this old building, left in ruins on purpose (I think), in the old center of the town.
Geraniums in window boxes
Hanging baskets of flowers on old buildings
See a beautiful, salmon-pink geranium macro too.
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Orchids are picky flowers-orchid photos

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday on this beautiful weekend!

Orchids are gorgeous flowers as long as they are in bloom. After the flowers are gone you end up with a poor looking foliage and a lot of pampering, hoping that you will see those beautiful flowers again.
All my orchids brought new spikes over this winter and leaves as-well, but the buds are drying and falling off (except on one orchid of ten). Nothing has changed in their environment, except the season.
The diagnoses for bud blast can be just about everything; too much watering or not enough, too high temperature or too low, not enough light or anything else that you will never find out.
I believe, orchids are the most unpredictable flowers ever, when they are not in their native habitat.
White-purple spotted Phalaenopsis orchid macro photo
The photos of these beautiful white-pink Phalaenopsis orchids with purple spots were taken at the garden center, were I often waste my money on these overly picky flowers.
White-purple spotted Phalaenopsis orchid photo
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Pink-red tulips-macro photography

These hot colored, dark pink and red tulip photos bring some warmth in our souls on long winter days.
Tulips are one of my favorite flower, in every color.
This dark pink and white flamed tulip is a lovely variety.
Dark pink-white flamed tulip-macro photo
Even more brighter, this red-white one, glowing in the sun, really looks like on fire.
Bright red and white flamed tulip close-up macro
See also some lovely deep purple tulips!
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White-yellow pansies-macro photo

These little garden pansies retained the color of their ancestor, the Viola arvenis or the field pansy, on its common name.
Their lovely pansy faces looks so pretty even after being beaten by the rain.White-yellow pansies-macro photo
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Maple tree and seeds in winter

The snow covered maple trees have their special, colorful ornament during winter.
The reddish-brow, winged seeds are hanging on the branches in clusters and remain on the trees over winter.
Snow covered maple tree
Maple tree seeds in winter
Maple seeds in winter-close-up
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Red and white carnation - pictures of flowers

Welcome to a new round of Macro Flowers Saturday!

Carnation flowers are one of the most valued cut flowers in winter time.
The Carnation, the descendant of Dyanthus Caryophyllus, with its large, fringed flowers of various colors is a classic beauty, timeless in its appeal.
Red carnation-flower picture
Winter is back by us. It is snowing slowly and constantly, as you can see in the background of some of the pictures. It's the best time to admire some passionate, red carnation flowers.
White and red carnation flowers against a snow covered background - closeup pictures
Red carnation flower macro-Dianthus Caryophyllus
White carnation flower-macro photography
Red and White carnation flowers pictures
White carnation flower - extreme close-up photograph
For those who prefer the background image, I updated this post with a fresh snow bouquet, just captured, an hour ago.
Snow covered bush in the winter landscape

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Orange pansy-Viola tricolor-Viola × wittrockiana

The hardy but delicate pansy is one of the earliest flowering plants, in spring .
Its ancestor, the Viola tricolor, is growing wild on European grain-fields.
Viola tricolor hybridized with other viola species gave us the large-flowered garden plant, with velvety petals, referred to as Viola × wittrockiana.
"Perhaps no flower (not excepting even the queenly rose) claims to be so universal a favorite, as the viola tricolor; none currently has been honored with so rich a variety of names, at once expressive of grace, delicacy and tenderness."
Due to the shape of the petals, in particular its resemblance to the human face, the pansy is often associated with deep contemplation, hence its name; "pansy" comes from the French word pensée meaning "thought".
The smaller, usually purple, wild pansy is also known as Johnny-jump-up, heartsease, and love-in-idleness.

The pansies in the photo have a single color and black lines radiating from the flower center similar to viola markings.
Orange pansy macro-viola wittrockianaPansies are winter hardy, they can survive light frost and short periods of snow cover (see the link). In warmer climates pansies can even bloom over the winter.
Spider on yellow pansyWell, this is not a marking, just a small visitor with markings on its legs. The little guy is a perfect match in color for this pansy.
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Snowdrops in January-snowdrop photos

Welcome to a new addition of Macro Flowers! I bring spring to you today. The new snowdrops are out.
In the new year, winter suddenly retreats and instead of the usual, frosty days we have temperatures between 5-10°C. All the snow is gone and the snowdrops are here.
Bouquet of Snowdrop flowers - close-up photo of GalanthusThe above image is the one we commonly associate with snowdrops, we always look at them from above.
Have you ever looked at a snowdrop flower from below?
Have you ever wondered what is this delicate, little flower hiding under its bent head?
Snowdrop flowers - close-up view from below There are so many details and color under the little flower head. You just have to turn it upside down and you'll discover a world you've seen all your life but never looked at it.
Snowdrop flowers - extreme close-up photograph of Galanthus flower center. What a huge difference by just changing the angle of view.
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Red Amaryllis flower pictures

Another of my house plants, my red Amaryllis is blooming.
Red Amaryllis flowers
Red Amaryllis flower-macro
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Beautiful hibiscus flowers-Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome, in the new year!
I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season and are starting the new year with fresh energy.

Hibiscus flowers are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Here in my home we grow them indoors and cherish them for their showy flowers.
Yellow hibiscus picture
Hibiscus is a primary ingredient in many herbal teas, popular as a natural diuretic, containing vitamin C and minerals.
Dried hibiscus is edible, and is often a delicacy in some parts of the world. It can also be candied and used as a garnish.
Red double hibiscus flower
The red hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Tahitian women. A single flower is tucked behind the ear indicating the wearer's availability for marriage. Isn't that a beautiful tradition?
Red hibiscus
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White cherry blossom tree twigs-photos

Cherry blossoms are indigenous to many East Asian states including Japan, Korea, and China. Japan has a wide variety of cherry blossoms called sakura.
Most varieties produce light pink to pure white blossoms, but there are also cherry trees with dark pink or slightly yellowish blossoms.
All of them are amazingly beautiful, like these white blossoming twigs of cherry tree.

White blossoming twigs of cherry tree
In China, the cherry blossom is a symbol of feminine beauty, the feminine principle and love.
In the Japanese culture, the cherry blossom represents the cycle of life. The blossoms represent the beautiful but transient nature of life.
White cherry blossoms, twig against the blue sky
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