One of the things I love most about Philadelphia is the unexpected little streets and alley ways that stretch from Queen Village to Point Breeze and all the neighborhoods in between. Here are some flower pictures I took on some walks around the city.
Bob’s Garden has really taken off this year! Three new turtles are swimming in the pond and a new banana tree has taken root in one of the wooden barrels sitting out on the south Philly sidewalk. The cacti have come back to life and are are throwing off scores of yellow blossoms. The water lilies are doing swimingly (pun intended) and Barbra the Macaw is keeping a watchful eye over it all. Here are some pictures.
I didn’t have any problem getting them to open up for the macro lens
I don’t know what this flower’s called – it’s from Seger Park down the street and I take pictures of it every year.
Even Plumpton got into the act despite the fact that he is now a grumpy old cat of 19.
We went to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday to see the fuchsias and the dahlias. Some of the pictures below are from that trip but I took most in the little town and near the shore of this idyllic place.
Here’s the view from our hotel.
I love to walk around my neighborhood with my camera and I spent some time this weekend taking pictures. Flowers were blooming in beds, patches, window boxes and containers. The tulips were dying off and the irises were coming out. As I happily snapped my way around my bit of South Philadelphia, I started concentrating on flowers that were still in the bud stage, those emerging from the bud stage, the insides of flowers in bloom and the ones that were on the decline. It felt a little like I was peeking into their undies or seeing them without their makeup or their hair combed. I felt a bit like an intruder. Here are some pictures you will never see in the National Enquirer.
I saw this sign in the window of the Morning Glory Diner a couple of weeks ago but I admit that at that time Spring seemed so far away. Then yesterday, I saw my neighbor Bob outside starting work on his sidewalk garden. That means that Spring is here and that soon Bob, Loki the cat and Barbra the macaw will be hanging out by the Koi Pond. This year new family addition Calypso the cockatoo will join them. I can’t wait. Until then, here are some pictures I took at the Macy’s Spring Flower show now on display in the Wanamaker Building Grant Court. Enjoy!
The Plum Blossoms and Cherry Blossoms don’t last too long, but the Hydrangeas and Pansies will bloom all summer. Here are some pictures from a recent walk around Philadelphia.