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An ants very English Rosa home

An ants very English Rosa home

The English Rosa

 

Genus Rosa or more commonly known as the ‘Rose’, could be argued as the most recognised flower in the world. There are over 100 hundred species of Rose and all beautiful in their own way, I think these ants agree. The Rose is not just clearly appreciated by humans but also other various insects. These little ants have a good taste for home and must be a pleasant place to reside. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses. – Wikipedia

Uses

Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. They have been also used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops. Some are used as landscape plants, for hedging and for other utilitarian purposes such as game cover and slope stabilization. They also have minor medicinal uses and make a great home for ants.

Ornamental roses have been cultivated for millennia, with the earliest known cultivation known to date from at least 500 BC in Mediterranean countries, Persia, and China. Many thousands of rose hybrids and cultivars have been bred and selected for garden use as flowering plants. Most are double-flowered with many or all of the stamens having mutated into additional petals.

Roses are generally regarded as the national icon for Valentines day and a symbol of love. These flowers are also common in weddings and even funerals. Rose’s are generally available to purchase at many local florists and supermarkets in the United Kingdom.

Photography Tips:

There was nothing particularly complicated with this photograph apart from the editing. Grab your camera on a nice summers day and capture some flowers,. With regards to settings in macro photography I tend to use manual focus, 1/40 speed and a small aperture for background blur. When it comes to flower photography, good idea to think about the background. Too much background will diminish the emphasis on the flower. Is the background appropriate for the image? I would always recommend using a decent tripod, you want as little shake as possible. Telephoto lenses are effective in isolating the background and maintaining the attention on the flower.

 

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Flower in the fog

Flower in the fog

Flower in the fog, an unusual looking flower for which I am not sure what it is (if you know please leave a comment). I wanted to create an image that is minimalist and simple, the contrast and exposure helps create the look and feel of a flower appearing through the fog.

 

Who needs  colour?

Who needs colour?

Who needs colour? Not sure what this flower is called, looks like a Thistle. However flowers still look great, sometimes better in black and white.

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterized by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle’s flowerheads.

The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean exactly those plants in the tribe Cynareae (synonym: Cardueae), especially the genera Carduus,Cirsium, and Onopordum. However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and if this is done thistles would form a polyphyletic group – Wikipedia

 

 

Purple Explosion

Purple Explosion

Purple Explosion, this little bee was right at home, beautiful flower (not sure what it is), I loved the colour and the way the flower just explodes outwards.

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently considered as a clade Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families,  though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.

Some species including honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees live socially in colonies. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae. Bee pollination is important both ecologically and commercially; the decline in wild bees has increased the value of pollination by commercially managed hives of honey bees.

Bees range in size from tiny stingless bee species whose workers are less than 2 millimetres (0.08 in) long, to Megachile pluto, the largest species of leafcutter bee, whose females can attain a length of 39 millimetres (1.54 in). The most common bees in the Northern Hemisphere are the Halictidae, or sweat bees, but they are small and often mistaken for wasps or flies. Vertebrate predators of bees include birds such as bee-eaters; insect predators include beewolves and dragonflies.

Human beekeeping or apiculture has been practised for millennia, since at least the times of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Apart from honey and pollination, honey bees produce beeswax, royal jelly and propolis. Bees have appeared in mythology and folklore, again since ancient times, and they feature in works of literature as varied as Virgil’s Georgics,Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, and W. B. Yeats’s poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Bee larvae are included in the Javanese dish botok tawon, where they are eaten steamed with shredded coconut – Wikipedia

Leucanthemum vulgare

Leucanthemum vulgare

Leucanthemum vulgare, a photograph screaming with yellow and green, captured on a beautiful sunny summer’s day in Norfolk, UK.

Leucanthemum vulgare, the ox-eye daisy, or oxeye daisy, is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asiaand an introduced plant to North America, Australia and New Zealand. It is one of a number of family Asteraceae plants to be called a “daisy”, and has the additional vernacular names common daisy, dog daisy and moon daisy.

L. vulgare is a typical grassland perennial wildflower, growing in a variety of plant communities including meadows and fields, under scrub and open-canopy forests, and in disturbed areas. Leucanthemum vulgare is a perennial herb one to three feet high by 1 foot (0.30 m) wide. The stem is mostly unbranched and sprouts laterally from a creeping rhizomatous rootstock. The leaves are dark green on both sides. The basal and middle leaves are petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, and serrate to dentate. The upper leaves are shorter, sessile, and borne along the stem. L. vulgare blooms from late spring to autumn. The small flower head, not larger than 5 centimetres (2.0 in), consists of about 20 white ray florets that surround a yellow disc, growing on the end of 1 to 3 ft (30 to 91 cm) tall stems. The plant produces an abundant number of flat seeds, without pappus, that remain viable in the soil for 2 to 3 years. It also spreads vegetatively by rhizomes.

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Floor Core, natures natural colours

Floor Core, natures natural colours

Floor Core

One of my favourite photographs, this flowerbed had so much tonal range and personality, the colours are metallic and deep. Initially when I saw this garden bed, I was amazed at the natural colours and how deep they were. The perimeter of the photo has been edited to drawn your attention towards the centre of the image, where it’s all happening. This flowerbed was captured at the gardens of Bressingham Steam Museum.

Nature has so much beauty, if only we can stop for 2 minutes out of our busy lives and learn to appreciate what’s around us.

Flower Garden

A flower garden is any garden where flowers are grown for decorative purposes.

Because flowers bloom at varying times of the year, and some plants are annual, dying each winter, the design of flower gardens can take into consideration maintaining a sequence of bloom and even of consistent color combinations, through varying seasons. Besides organizing the flowers in bedding-out schemes limited to annualand perennial flower beds, careful design also takes the labour time, and the color pattern of the flowers into account.

The labour time can be decreased by using techniques such as mulching, companion planting, use of specific flowers/plants suppressing grass, … in the vicinity (i.e. Rhinanthus)

Flower color is another important feature of both the herbaceous border and the mixed border that includes shrubsas well as herbaceous plants. Flower gardens are sometimes tied in function to other kinds of gardens, like knot gardens or herb gardens, many herbs also having decorative function, and some decorative flowers being edible.

A simpler alternative to the designed flower garden is the “wildflower” seed mix, with assortments of seeds which will create a bed that contains flowers of various blooming seasons, so that some portion of them should always be in bloom. The best mixtures even include combinations of perennial and biennials, which may not bloom until the following year, and also annuals that are “self-seeding”, so they will return, creating a permanent flowerbed.

Another, even more recent trend is the “flower garden in a box”, where the entire design of a flower garden is pre-packaged, with separate packets of each kind of flower, and a careful layout to be followed to create the proposed pattern of color in the garden-to-be.

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