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Photography Challenge Day 58: The “prickly” bush has flowered.

So today’s photograph is of tiny yellow flowers on a bush in the backyard. We planted this bush about fifteen years ago or so (it was one of the many holes that the dogs dug and we plopped a plant into), and truthfully I’ve forgotten what the actual name of the plant is–we just call it the “prickly” bush.

You can’t see in the photo, but it also has numerous thorns on each and every limb, and if you even brush past it–it feels like the prick of a small needle.

The tiny yellow-red flowers on the “prickly” bush have opened.

The bush has numerous small yellow-red flowers opening this week, and I was happy that I was able to get a close up of flowers–they’re actually quite smaller and hard to normally see. The bush also has reddish green leaves, that once the heat of the summer hits, they’ll start falling off before coming back in the fall–to only fall off again in the winter.

One nice thing about the bush is that the birds use it as a “staging” area while they wait for their turn at the feeder which is nearby. So there are usually numerous sparrows and finches flying in and out of the bush during the day.

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The holly bush has flowered: photography challenge day 57

The holly bush has flowered

The holly is the general name for the Ilex plant genus (and this is the only living genus in the plant family Aquifoliaceae). The members of the this genus are evergreen trees, shrubs, and climbers (vines) that are found from the tropics to the temperate areas worldwide.

These plants are usually dioecious (where the male & female flowers are different plants)—hence I’m not really sure which plant that I took the picture of (male or female). These plants have glossy leaves with a spiny leaf ridge.

These bushes provide food and shelter for numerous different birds, and even insects. The tropical species are the ones that currently at the most risk due to habitat destruction and being overly exploited.


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Flowers are blooming: Photography Challenge Day 30

The quints bush is flowering

Well spring is right around the corner and flowers are coming up and opening. Flowers are also opening on bushes, trees, and elsewhere as well. This is one of my favorite times of the year—when things start to green out again. Winter is just a dreary season of sticks, and cold weather. The snow can be pretty for awhile, but then it gets old fast.

So I’ve noticed that there have been several different flowers popping up over the weekend, and that some of the bushes have flowered out as well.

The peach bush has flowered

It’s nice this year that the ornamental peach bush has flowered. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and there might be some cute little peaches to pick off the bush towards the end of the summer.

There were even some wildflowers blooming up at the lake this weekend:

Cute little purple-blue wildflower

Other flowers in the yard include the anemones and daffodils


Hopefully this will be a nice summer and spring with things blooming when they’re suppose to, and maybe–just maybe I can figure out where to put in the flower garden this year.

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