Friday, January 6, 2012

Crocosmia




The little flower buds from Wednesday's post have begun to open this morning, they are rather delightful.




These Crocosmia are native to the grasslands of South Africa. There seems to be quite a few South Africa plant species which thrive in our climate. I love low maintenance hardy plants when it comes to my often neglected garden.




This is the third day in a row I have discovered a new-to-me insect in the garden. This one, feasting on another insect while perched on a zinnia, is about 4cm/2inches long, just a little longer and much bulkier than yesterday's Robber Fly.

Sharing at Macro Flowers Saturday.


27 comments:

♥ Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful series. That bug or bugs here wow. They are amazing

Marty said...

it's nice to see summer flowers of your garden when all is cold and grey here ! I've never seen that insect ! amazing !
wish you a lovely day !

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Your garden is a little paradis :-) We have this orange flowers in Switzerland too.
Kind regards
Angela

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

True, it is delightful !

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Amazing pictures, wonderful colors and composition!
That insect is very interesting!
Greetings from Switzerland
Yvonne & Raphael

FotoAnna said...

So beautiful the crocosmia! Specially the orange color... in a view months, with springtime they will bloom here also again... ;-)) and the bug (Heteroptera I think) he has captured a nice meal... I love your pictures!

Greetings from Holland,
Anna

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you FotoAnna. Indeed it will soon be spring for you too. Thank you also for the bug identification - you may be right.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! :)

Karin M. said...

Fantastic photos...super quality and colors...
Greetings Karin

geanina said...

E o floare superba cu un parfum adorabil. Infloreste doar primavara. O zi faina iti doresc. Great shots!

Robyn said...

What a coincidence! I photographed the flowers on our nature strip though I did know what they were (hadn't Googled it yet), but now I know exactly what they are. Crocosmia. Thanks!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Gorgeous bright happy flowers. It's been very gray here, your images brought sunshine!

Nadege, said...

Gorgeous little flowers.

Giga said...

Uwielbiam te kwiaty i mam je też w swoim ogródku. Niestety na zimę trzeba je wykopać i gdzieś przechować. Ten owad to "morderca"
( żart oczywiście ). Piękne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.

I love these flowers and I have them in your garden too. Unfortunately for the winter they have to be dug and stored somewhere. This insect is a "murderer"
(Joke of course). Beautiful pictures. Yours.

tinajo said...

Gorgeous colors! :-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a treasure-trove of insects you've got! If I saw something like that just walking about without my camera I would run for safety. But behind the lens I wouldn't be afraid at all. :) Great job!

Larry said...

I really like crocosmias but in the past have lost them due to our colder zone... I'm now experimenting with them and digging them up last fall... it should be interesting to see how this works out, although I would prefer leaving them in place to create large clumps. Lovely photos... Larry

Pam said...

They are beautiful, Karen and brightened my morning. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your world.
Pam :)

Marion said...

Great captures, I love the sunny flowers. The insect is amazing!
Best regards, Marion

Liz said...

Gorgeous flowers! I love the natural bokeh in the second shot!
What a fascinating insect. I have never seen one of those before.

Suffia said...

Beautiful crocosmias and amazing captures!

marijke said...

Hey karen,
Your photo's are breathtaking. The insect I don't know it.
Have a lovely weekend
Marijke

Maboe said...

Beautiful pictures!

Carletta said...

Such a lovely flower!
Your macro of the insect is an awesome capture.

Modern Mom said...

Fantastic shots!

Violet Flowers

missing moments said...

That is one big bug! Love the colors!

Lui said...

Amazing shots!

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