Flirty Flowers and Macro Lens Mischief

Bob’s garden is growing full force this summer. One of the Koi fish is as big as a whale but refuses to be photographed.

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I didn’t have any problem getting them to open up for the macro lens

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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.

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Even Plumpton got into the act despite the fact that he is now a grumpy old cat of 19.

The View From My Front Door Bob’s Garden Summer 2014

I live in South Philadelphia where there’s not much greenery. But I’m lucky because my neighbor Bob turns the hot and gritty summer landscape into an urban oasis every year. Here are some pictures from this years’ garden.

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The Hawthorn tree

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The Koi pond

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Banana tree

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 Flowers bloom, die and

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New flowers come up to take their place

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Lotus

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The Banana tree and koi pond

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Bob’s BFF Barbra keeps watch over everything.  Sqwalk!

If you want to see posts about  of Bob’s garden from summers past, click on the links below.  Not all of the slide show links work on the older posts but they will give you an idea of how the garden has changed over the years. 

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2009 

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Spring 2012 in Bob’s Garden

It’s another Spring in my neighbor Bob’s sidewalk garden. Bob is getting a banana tree ready to pot and plans to get a palm tree. The koi pond is stocked with minnows and one laid back turtle. Bob fished a turtle out of the pond last Fall and brought it inside for the winter, but it died. So he was surprised when he saw Turtle paddling happily around in the water. Turtle was in the pond all winter and Bob didn’t know it. A happy turn of events, but when he puts water lilies in the pond, he will have to protect them from Turtle’s voracious appetite.
Here are some pictures.

Barbra chewed off her perch in the tree, so Bob made her a new one.

Turtle seems oblivious to the foot and car traffic on the street but when he hears the click of the camera, he dives and paddles away.

Maybe turtle is shy about shedding his shell.