Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer is Here! Coreopsis: From buds to blooms.

I love summer!
It's not my favorite season, that would be Spring.
But summer still holds those carefree days of rest,
relaxation, and time to explore the world.
I am a teacher.
Does that explain it?

I came across a photo challenge at
Check out the other links under the
"You Capture: Summer" theme.

Here is my contribution!

One of my favorite perennials.
They are always so healthy and vibrant.

You know it is summer when ...
the Coreopsis is in bloom.
Such sunny yellow blossoms!

This year I wanted to see the progression,
up close from bud to bloom.
Do you care to join me?

The new bud is so tight and green.
No hint of the beauty within .. yet ...

Ah ... shall I sing a few bars ...
"Here comes the sun, little darlin' ..."
Does anyone remember that song?
Sorry, everything is a song to me
at some point or another!

The petals are actually visible at this point.

This was cool to me.
Everything so tightly packed in ... until ...

They start bursting free ...

and then more pop open

We're almost there ....

Ahh! Full bloom.

This is actually my favorite picture.
I just held my camera at my knees and took the shot.
I love the color! So sunny!

Let's not forget the back side.
A glimpse of the former green leaves
that held everything so tightly closed,
now support the petals.

Another knee shot, maybe not so good,
but perhaps some of the artsy people like stuff like this?

And here is the center.
Cool little thingies popping up in there.
I need to do some research to find out what they are.

And a final shot.
Funny how they can all be
on the same plant at the same time.

I guess that is why I like this plant so much.
It is continually re-blooming(?)

Thanks for visiting a small section
of my flower bed with me.
I hope the bright yellow blossoms
made your day a bit more sunny!