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By CTKNY
This clematis has grown each year for several years in a very unusual situation- kind of neglected and certainly not much attention paid to it as far as upkeep and care ... i.e watering etc ... It faces the west side of the back yard .


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By gcoble


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By gcoble


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By Manix5
Red Hibiscus taken at Garfield Park Conservatory - Indianapolis, IN


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By Manix5
Pink Hibiscus taken at Garfield Park Conservatory - Indianapolis, IN


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By discojim


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By lorrizz
This is just a plain old Tiger Lily (Ditch Lily) that grows beside my house. Most people probably don't pay any attention to them because they are so common, but when you see one singled out, you realize just how beautiful they truly are.


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By Katnapper
Cheerful daisies!


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By lorrizz
Grandpa Ott Morning Glory after the rain.


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By HarleyDG61
Pink Lily Close Up


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By fmlyof5
After a light rain at daybreak, I go back to our fence line and catch the twinkling of the morning rain as it dries thru out our sunflower patch.


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By BeaHive
These delphiniums are just awesome.


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By kwanjin
California Poppies


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By kwanjin
Fall Mums.


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By Hellann
Stunning yellow viola with deep green foliage


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By Hellann
Vanilla Marigolds in my garden.


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By PAgirl60
I love California Poppies. They just light up a garden.


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By PAgirl60
Gaillardia, a flower handpainted by God.


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By gardenpom
Wonderful Sunflower against a white sky.


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By Laurelai
My 12 year old daughter took this close up photo of a pink zinnia.


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By Laurelai
My first tomato blossom of the season. This one is Black Krim.


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By gardenpom
Dotted Horsemint.


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By thuester
Bird of Paradise, bloomed after being potted for three years.


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By packerbaby
POW-WOW BERRY


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By packerbaby
Citronella.


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By tarziesgirl
Beautiful native bay tree flower on the roadside in my neighborhood.


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By tarziesgirl
One of my favorite native plants in bloom, dune sunflower. Love that cheeful yellow.


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By Dosetaker
Taken 2012, Mason, New Hampshire


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By Dosetaker
Taken 2012. Mason, New Hampshire


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By themikesmom
Devils Trumpet 'Black Currant Swirl' Datura


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By pirl
Anemone with a bee investigating.


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By rouge21


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By Marina_Parr
Poppy 'Purple Peony'


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By Marina_Parr
Poppy


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By Haworthia405
Turkenlouis Poppy. Dedicated in memory of my grandmother.


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By Haworthia405
Forget-Me-Not 'Victoria Indigo Blue'. Dedicated in memory of my grandmother.


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By mamasita
Rail Trail beauty


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By mamasita
Asters


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By frahnzone5
Itoh Peony Keiko


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By Penannophia
Columbine in bloom in central NJ.


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By aaronuws
A double mutant daisy!


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By Penannophia
Native Allegheny Foamflower in central NJ.


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By cowpea123
Lobelia puberula. An uncommon wildflower in my area.


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By firsttwelve
Monarda punctata, Dotted Horsemint in summer in NW Indiana remnant prairie.


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By firsttwelve
Trillium in protected woodlot, NW Ohio


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By HazelCrestMikeB
Leopard Lily


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By HazelCrestMikeB
Bela Lugosi


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By onewish1
Salvia Black & Blue


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By onewish1
geraniums


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By tommyr2006
Portulaca Flower, "Sundial Yellow".


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By tommyr2006
NoId African Violet


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By shorthog
Early spring blooms on cross vine.


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By dragonfly62
One of my favorite daylilies."Weddingband"


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By dragonfly62
Daylily "Red Volunteer" and Asiatic lilies.


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By Dawns_Garden
Zinnias here every year!


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By jasonp1
Rock Penstemon - Penstemon baccharifolius near the Pecos River on the TX/Mexico Border


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By jasonp1
Western spiderwort - Tradescantia occidentalis in my yard in S. Texas right after a rain


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By gardenmart
Satsuki Azalea growing on the grounds of the National Cathedral, Washington, DC May 2012


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By shorthog
Bird's foot violet means spring is in the Ozark mountains as well as my backyard.


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By gardenmart
Tree peony Martha Clouse's garden, Saugus, MA May 2012


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By pirl
Daylily 'Savannah's Edge' with a visitor.


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By blomma
Backlit sunflower in June.


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By MGMan
Morning glory Tie-dye lavender?!


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By rockgardenplants
Erigeron simplex or Onestem Fleabane is found at high elevations from Montana to Oregon and south to New Mexico and Arizona. This flower was growing in my garden in Layton, Utah.


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By MGMan
There's nothing more beautiful than a zin zin singin' in my backyard!


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By kniphofia
Superb late summer border at Alnwick garden


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By kniphofia
Geranium pratense Plenum Violaceum


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By haighr
My Most Precious Blooms - My beautiful granddaughter sleeping with a soft pillow of Japanese Tree Peony


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By Lin52
Pink Double Hollyhocks planted in front of our barn...Picture taken 6-12-2012


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By aclementb
Late winter, early spring snowfall on bleeding hearts


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By Lin52
Yellow Double Holly Hocks planted in front of our barn...Picture take 6-12-2012


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By haighr
Dahlia Splendor - AC Ranier in all her glory!


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By deb02809
My favorite Columbine in our Wedding Garden


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By michael1757
A picture of a friend's begonia,I took while on vacay in Cape Cod.


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By BobPish
Bud and Flowers: Yellow Pride of Barbados


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By GinaWV
Perennials


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By GinaWV
Perennials 1


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By jazzy1okc
This is a rescued daylily planted with sedum. They look lovely together in the morning light after a light, early rain.


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By jazzy1okc
Nikko Blue hydrangea and Chameleon plant in early spring.


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By aevrard
Petunia and Verbena in a flower box on the deck


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By rewolf52
Just watered. Double amaryllis. Spring, 2012. Baton Rouge, LA


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By garyw13
This is a cleome I've been growing from seeds given to me by my mother in law (deceased) for almost 10 years. They were her favorite flower.


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By aevrard


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By murfun2
Pretty flower taken at the Dallas Arboretum.


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By murfun2
This picture was taken at the Dallas Arboretum. One of my best photos EVER!


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By Horsebalm
Native passion flower with pollinator the carpenter bee


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By o_lucky_1
Mexican Petunia


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By o_lucky_1
Hibiscus


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By TreeSteward
Orange lily, loves my back yard!


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By kalew
Helleborus orientalis in early spring.


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By Barbara_R
This a a Yak Crete Rhododendron in Bloom September 2012 in Meridian Idaho.


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By Barbara_R
This is an Edith Bogue Magnoila Blooming in July 2012 in Meridian, Idaho.


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By flowAjen
Echi 'Sundown'


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By flowAjen
Aster 'Purple Dome'


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By mygardens
Our swamp sunflowers and rough-stemmed asters bloom in late October and early November adding a burst of color before our New York winter.


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By iskate345
These poppies have been blooming year after year for the past 33 years for me. They were here when I moved in and I just let them naturalize. A welcome sight in the Spring.


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By iskate345
Poppies in the garden. Welcome Spring!


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By Jeepers08
Fern


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By Jeepers08
Jack In The Pulpit


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By rockgardenplants
Telesonix jamesii or James' False saxifrage is endemic to the western United States. It is generally found on granite outcrops in montane, subalpine or alpine environments. This one was photographed in my garden with an external flash.


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By davidsl88
I love these hot summer colors in my flower bed.(Achillea 'Coronation Gold', 'Paprika' and Asiatic Lily (Lily Looks Tiny)


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By bariloche
Tome esta nfoto en junio 2012 en el jardin botanico de Lund, Suecia. La combinacion y variedad de colores de las amapolas era increible!!!!


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By neroli
Thysanotus multiflorus (Fringe Lily). A native to Western Australia. It is a perennial that grows in a grass-like clump. Flowers in spring.


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By hikerpat
This Nodding Trillium was captured on the Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on April 11, 2012. I had just purchased my very first digital camera and had learned the setting for flowers, so I was tickled to see how great this turned out.


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By TiaLee1
Blue anemone


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By neroli
Ranunculus. Herbaceous perennial. Beautiful intense colours in spring.


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By TiaLee1
I do not know what this plant is, but it is hardy beyond belief.


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By cytf
This is picture of my Dinner plate orange and red Dahlia which I grew in a container in full sun


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By eden100
Painted Tongue with rain


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By leemiller38
Daylily-'Janice Brown'


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By leemiller38
Mexican sunflower-Tithonia


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By eden100
Diablo Dahlia


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By RXM1138
Hardy Magnolia that bloomed during warm Spring weather. We had a heavy snow the next day so I was glad to have taken this picture.


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By lacatarata
Flower in the garden of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota


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By LeafPeeper
This is 2 "Pink Elf" hydrangea bushes that we've had over 10 years. The variety of colors from deep purples to pinks make a showy entrance to our small front deck in summer.


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By Inthegarden
Hibiscus schizopetalus underside


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By Inthegarden
Texas bluebell


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By lisamorgan2012
White&Purple Moon Flower. My regret is not to plant them in the ground to flourish&spread.I enjoyed watching them bud,bloom&metamorphosize from flowers to pods.Might be my first house plant in many years as I hate to see them perish.Glad I'll have seeds for next season. If they will sow...


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By lisamorgan2012
White&Purple Moon Flower. My regret is not to plant them in the ground to flourish&spread.I enjoyed watching them bud,bloom&metamorphosize from flowers to pods.Might be my first house plant in many years as I hate to see them perish.Glad I'll have seeds for next season. If they will sow...


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By xwokke
Nigella papillosa


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By xwokke
Zinnia elegans 'Meteor'


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By parrotma32578
Swamp Hibiscus


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By foliagefighter
Thought I was crazy to plant sunflowers the 1st of August, but am SO happy to have this beautiful colour in my garden so late in the year !


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By Donna_Ann
A beautiful Itoh Peony 'Bratzella'. This is a breathtaking plant to say the least.


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By Donna_Ann
This trumpet lily was wonderful. It is a very dark pink and very showy.


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By nanarob
My backyard this spring.
Lilies, roses, and daises.


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By nanarob
Cosmos


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By ScreaminScott
Dew on a Wild Blue Morning Glory Blossom


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By SPGardens
Digitalis purpurea after a rain


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By mygardens
This combination of blue mist spirea and black-eyed susan is a favorite of mine in late August or early September.


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By SPGardens
Dicentra Spectabalis - Old Fashioned Pink Bleeding Heart


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By compostqueen
The Zinnia 'Swirl' is an annual worth starting from seed.


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By compostqueen
Many Hosta flowers are underappreciated.


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By mopheads
Lupine Forest - overcast morning, no flash.


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By mopheads
Garden Beauties, overcast, no flash, 75mm zoom lens.


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By DiggingJohnny
The late-season wild gaillardia's blooming against the winter woodpile.


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By Pugmeister
The flower of of my Oncoba spinosa, Fried Egg Plant, Snuff Box tree, approximately 90 mm wide, well protected by thorns, May 2012.
This plant receives morning sun, and drops leaves in colder winters. No frosts here.
The fruits make rattles for children.


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By pbycraft
Pointe Pelee Mums are named for that region of Ontario, Canada. I have always thought they were the most beautiful of the mums


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By pbycraft
A closeup of Snapdragons show some very interesting detail.


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By ollie5


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By ollie5


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By Sherilou


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By Sherilou


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By lakesidewb
Backyard at a glance


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By uniquegul
This is on a plant that is 9.5' tall it's a Cosmos. The picture was taken at sunset and it looks like it's golden.


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By uniquegul


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By frogymon
Ultra Red Stripe petunias


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By GardenGuyKin
Blooms Buds and Pods


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By momoftwo607
Daylily 'Lavender Blue Baby'


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By DMersh
Foxglove


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By Silchast58
This is a Morning Glory blossom in Central Texas shot Oct. 25th 2012.


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By Silchast58
I forgot the name, I planted by seeding this fall, looks like the german cornflower. Grown in Central Texas summer 2012


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By dgrowell9
This flower is so pretty.


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By dgrowell9
Bright and sunny against the blue sky.


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By robinandjenni
Show Me Bobbette Daylily


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By robinandjenni
Little Fat Dazzler Daylily


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By dispatcher1
My favorite Lily!


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By brittie
Awesome Blossom Daylily


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By birke
My best pink.


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By birke
Love the blue!


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By Jubilada
Alba Peach Brugmansia Bloom in my kitchen garden at sundown.


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By Jubilada
Peony Poppy with bee, in my community garden plot.


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By orchid40
this is my Lilac bush that has been a dwarf until now. Lots of rain has made it very happy


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By 487500
This years columbine.


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By perkoschilefarm
I had spotted this Galega officinalis growing wild in a deep sand flat on our old land in E. TX


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By zomcfee
orange nasturtium budding


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By wendychapman
At the Paine Art Museum begonias were growing in pots on tables on a terrace behind the museum. I thought they looked interesting in black and white.


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By zomcfee
nasturtium leaves close up


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By perkoschilefarm
A little rain shower in 2006 and one of my moms Gerbera daisy, my 35mm and steady as she goes.


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By fabijoon
Himalayan poppy,
location Saldovia, Alaska,
July 2012


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By fabijoon
Cotton Flowers,
Location: Homer, Alaska,
July 2012


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By VA_Wild_Rose
Close-up of a beautiful fuchsia hanging on my porch this summer


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By VA_Wild_Rose
Mounds of purple...


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By Patsan
This delightful oenothera turns a delightful pale orange as it fades


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By Patsan
This image shows the delightful reverse view of the petals of an osteospermum


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By ridoodles
Pink Dahia


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By ridoodles
Pink Bleeding Heart plant in full glory


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By morganc
We planted 10 Hyacinth Bean seeds, 5 on each side of the Arch, in March of 2007.......this is what it looked like in July of that year.


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By DebinSC
The tiny blossoms of Blue-Eyed Grass


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By DebinSC
Chrysanthemum, in black and white to show off its amazing form


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By nmbirder


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By cytf
MORNING GLORY GROWING ON A DRIED SYCAMORE BRANCH


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By jmorth
Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Mary Stoker'


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By jmorth
Goldenrod


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By lakesidewb
This was my first try at Dahlia's in a half barrel.


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By MessyMarvin
I always love to have blackeyed susans, marigolds and zinnias around my mailbox. My neighbors often tell me how much they enjoy that punch of color as they go down the street.


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By passionsugar
The Sweet Nectar of the Passion Flower is a delight to passers by!!!


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By RosemanStan
Echinacea blooms are sooo nice in our gardens. Taken in our rear yard flower gardens in July of 2012.


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By RosemanStan
Pink Jewel is a real "eye-catcher" in our gardens. Her pretty and unusual brightly colored blooms get the attention of many a visitor to our gardens. Taken June 2012.


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By mel9540
side view of spiderwort & small bee


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By mel9540
White dogwood flower


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By pattyradle
This is a Coreopsis 'Red Shift'. I was skeptical when I purchases it, as I have had trouble with zone 5 coreopsis cultivars in the past. This is an amazing plant! Blooms into fall, with occasional cutting back.


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By pattyradle


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By smallwonders
Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)


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By MessyMarvin
I loved the annuals and perennials around the visitor's center in Anchorage, Alaska. I had never imagined that the weather would be warm enough, even in the summer, for beautiful flowers such as these. Be sure and notice the roof!!!


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By Audrey
hige or "feathered" morning glory


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By Audrey
geranium pratense Splish-Splash


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By adinamiti
Marigold.


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By poppy_girl
Spectacular vine; beauty match by heavenly fragrance.


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By Snowdrops10
We were already into dreadful drought and one night it rained for about 30 minutes.. soft gentle rain and it revived the beautiful Moonflowers. I rushed out and took the photo with the aid of the security lights and flash. It gave me immense joy.


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By venu209
Clematis and Petunia friendship


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By candlestick
This is an almost 'otherworldly' angelwing begonia....up close.


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By otis59
Gerber Daisies blooming in my garden.


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By otis59
Purple Coneflower blooming in my garden.


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By dicentra63
Osteospermum "3D Silver"


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By dicentra63
Clematis "Ramona" and Lonicera sempervirens "Alabama Crimson"


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By photojean
clematis with a praying mantis


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By photojean
sunflower


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By mercouri
Our backyard sunflowers.


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By GardenGuyKin


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By bottlegreen
A bouquet of flowers gathered from an abandoned farm site in northern Minnesota.


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By giordano
Mushrooms into the wild (near Cuneo north of Italy)


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By giordano
Cyclamen purpurascens into my garder (near town of Cuneo, north of Italy)


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By ves522
Coneflowers


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By ves522


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By ginger749


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By ginger749


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By elsiescrawford
This daylily was planted by the previous owner of the house which we are living now so I really don't know the name of the variety. This picture has a very sentimental value to me since an 89-year old woman painted this picture before she died early this month. This is in memory of her.


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By elsiescrawford
Echinacea var. Hot Papaya


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By theherbgirl
I captured these Calendula flowers in my garden after an afternoon rain.


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By katzs
Pale Yellow Hollyhock Flower


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By katzs
Early May Bloomer


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By theherbgirl
I came upon this Yellow Goatsbeard flower in the woods one day . I took shot after shot but could not get it to look the way I wanted. So finally I laid down in the grass and captured it in a way that fully displayed its beauty.


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By TUTMOS
aloe aristata taken by me in 15 / 05 / 2009 in National Academy of Sciences Mardakan Arboretum


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By TUTMOS
hibiscus rosa sinensis taken in Azerbaijan Republic at my home


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By flfwrs
Blue morning glory in sun


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By flfwrs
Mandevilles


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By kinard
beautiful red zinna


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By kinard
flower in a bog


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By Italianstyle
Red Passion


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By JulieQ
Endless summer hydrangea.


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By pennyandreid
This is one of my daylily blooms from this past summer


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By pennyandreid
This is the most beautiful blue flower I've seen. My husband got the plant for me and it had beautiful blue little flowers... I love it!


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By musicgirl4jesus
This is a petunia in my mother's garden. Photo taken August 2012.


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By musicgirl4jesus
A beautiful lilly in my flower bed.


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By plantlady2012
Clematis recta


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By plantlady2012
Aquilegia flabellata alba and 'Lemon Lime' Hosta


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By wendychapman
The Labyrinth Garden in West Bend Wisconsin is a unique public garden. It consists of a circular spiral pattern that leads to a center. It is a peaceful lovely spot. The cone flowers flourish.


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By luvsgrtdanes


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By luvsgrtdanes
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia 'Goldfinger'


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By momoftwo607
Japanese Morning Glory


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By trhoover
Old fashioned hydrangea


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By trhoover
Red spider lily.


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By martagon
This is a flowering cabbage one morning after a moist frost


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By martagon
Long spurs on this yellow Aquilegia Chrysantha.


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By salpiglover
Nature inspired perennial garden at the height of summer.


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By salpiglover
Fantasy dreamscape with chocolate foxgloves, Knautia and Elymus


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By mochimo
Little Red Star


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By thirteenball
Red Geranium


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By thirteenball
Daisey


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By morganc
We just love all the different Zinnias there are.


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By Hortlove
I loved the perfect pattern of this fully opened camellia flower.


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By adinamiti
Daisies in the sun.


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By Ariston
Arctotis . A South African perennial groundcover


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By Ariston
Tradescantia - Poor Man's Orchid


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By jgarman
The last Cosmos of summer, Middletown, RI.


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By mariacorinna


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By pixie62560


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By pixie62560


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By karlbecker
MY IRIS GARDEN AT THE AIS CONVENTION


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By karlbecker
THIS IS STARSHIP ENTERPRISE MY FAVORITE


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By sunkissed
Star of lavender and blue opening


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By mommateeh
Fire red African Daisy in full bloom. If you look really close, there is an ant enjoying the blanket of pollen.


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By DaylilySLP
Phlox & Daylilies, my garden.


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By DaylilySLP
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’


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By mommateeh
Trio of periwinkle flowers just before blooms at sunrise.


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By Stephanotis1
Monarda


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By Stephanotis1
The last honeysuckle


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By pamsflowers1
This was the first bloom on my Butterfly Iris this spring. I had planted it 2 years before and was quite supprised to have it bloom this beautiful flower.


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By pammiesioux
This beautiful annual graced my porch with blooms all summer attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.


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By pammiesioux
Seeing the Morning Glory open was a great start to the day. This plant spanned an area 12' tall and 8' wide. A great way to hide my propane tank and decorate the porch above.


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By ruharl
Red and White "Swingtime" Fuschia


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By ruharl
Blue Star Creeper filling in a gap in a block wall


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By Nansea3
Blue Hibiscus


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By Ruminantia
This day lily came from my friend Nancy. The variety is unknown.


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By bogeymix
Purple coneflowers


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By sunkissed


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By ExplorinLauren
"Strawberries and Sweet Alyssum"


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By ExplorinLauren
"Infinite Delphinium"


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By attedino


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By DoGooder
White Lilac


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By DoGooder
Pink Sedum


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By marsrover
Saturn peach tree blossom


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By bottlegreen
tri-lights azalea, bred for northern climates


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By marsrover
Canna Lily 'Australia' (Canna x generalis)


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By mcash70
Lavender Datura


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By mcash70
Echineacea/Coneflowers


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By stamenation
this was the first time I planted Salpiglossis, painted tongue...imagine my surprise at the stunning beauty of it...I really like plants with multi color blooming stages...


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By stamenation
This was the only morning glory bloom we got this year. It was a wet and dreary spring we had here in Carnation, Washington. this little potted start put all its energy into the true blue...


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By denisefike
Passion Flower growing wild in the sidewalk at the Italian Market in Philadelphia Pa.


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By denisefike
Passion Flower growing wild in the sidewalk at the Italian Market in Philadelphia Pa


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By Maece
Annual Shirley and California poppies.


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By Maece
Snapdragon grown from seed.


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By kbert1a
Hibiscus


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By cosmosis
This spring's (2012) poppies, photo from my backyard in Peoria, IL.


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By cosmosis
Poppies - my backyard, spring 2012. Digital photo


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By danmo


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By singhg45
Aquilegia vulgaris, European columbine, Granny's bonnets
A stout perennial herb with biternate leaves and, nodding flowers spurred on back, in variety of Colours. Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir


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By hstobin
The rain seems to accent the "flightiness" of these gauras.


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By IrmaFlutterby
Hibiscus "Five o'clock Shadow" a few hours away from bloom


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By TreeSteward


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By whittleseyCreek
A single sunflower of the Pro Cut Series stands stately alone propped up by a rare Wisconsin blue sky.


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By singhg45
Hyoscyamus niger L. Black henbane
Weed of waste places, a poisonous plant but source of atropine and hyoscyamine, with beautiful flowers. Photographed from Pahalgam, Kashmir


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By candlestick
Electric asiatic lillies grace a perennial border.


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By plexippus
Drama Queen Poppy


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By plexippus
Pink Zinnia


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By LadyAshleyR
'Superbells Grape Punch' Million Bells in a planter.
LOVED this color! Won't be getting superbells blue anymore I don't think.


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By danmo


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By LadyAshleyR
Wild Scarlet Beebalm against some of my pacific giant delphiniums.


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By wooffi
Clematis Rogouchi in bloom


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By wooffi
American pitcherplant in bloom


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By rosyapplepie
This photo of Kalmia (mountain laural) was taken in the Summer of 2011 at Soos Creek Botanical Gardens.


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By susanbreen
Aromatic, stunning Passiflora!


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By konarikcy


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By susanbreen
Simple bouquet of one of my favorite garden flowers - chocolate cosmos.


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By diana130
It's Mayday, time for flowers!


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By diana130
It's Mayday, time for flowers!


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By GratefulGardenGirl
Pink Bleeding Hearts in Azalea Bed


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By IRIS


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By IRIS
Long Stocking


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By cowpea123
A beautiful aster and butterfly


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By GratefulGardenGirl
Dahlia with Dewdrops


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By martypix
Sunflowers are grown in large fields here in Kentucky and if you catch them at their peak, they'll take your breath away.


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By cmarcy
Magnolia, an awesome tribute to the South. Or at least a great photo op near my hotel in Roswell, GA.


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By jcoats123
Summer's flowers


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By picabo


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By vmr423
Blue Mistflower.


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By andste13
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By vjbiz
Dahlia beauty


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By vjbiz
Sunny flower


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By warriorswisdomkathy
Clematis Prince Charles and Gypsophila paniculata, (baby's breath).


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By heybibs


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By heybibs


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By warriorswisdomkathy


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By atisch
Thunbergia grandiflora.

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