Sunday, September 7, 2008

Today's Flowers #5

My friend Luiz Santilli Jr. has started a Today's Flowers Meme, check it out. Come and join with your flower photos. You can get in on the start. Sunday night is the post time.

In order to have flowers you must first have a plant. My flower today is a perennial called Sedum. It comes up as soon as the snow depart from my home. It is a very hearty plant and soon the green leaves of Sedum start to pop.
The plant starts to produce the blooms in mid summer and you can see them growing here.
Those growths turn into tiny purple flowers on mine, so I think this is Sedum Hulteii.
They are an attractant to insect and bee life. Here is a bumblebee working the early flowers.
A honeybee also likes to visit the plant.
Here is a bug which I'm not sure the name. It is about the size of a Lightning Bug.
The final visitor was a first for me. It is an American Painted Lady.
It is beautiful on both sides of its wings.
I love the colors of this butterfly and was happy to share it along with the sedum. I have 20 plants and can break a piece off and start a new plant without any problem.

60 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

A great set of pictures to follow the growth of this beautiful plant... we will have to start calling you the 'Gardening Guy' soon :O)
All the best to you my friend
Tom

Life's Lessons said...

such a beauty. I love how u captured it from sprouting until its in full bloom.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

What a lovely sequence of photos, Fishing Guy! Thanks for sharing them.

Leora said...

I love sedum. I made the mistake of planting some next to some larger plants, and by the end of the summer, the sedum was gone. Maybe I'll buy some more next year and find a better spot.

Luiz Ramos said...

Fishing/Gardening Guy(Tom). Beautiful shot report.
Thanks for share.

Sherry said...

These are great photos, especially love the ones with the Painted Lady. I too have some of this sedum, and it does attract a lot of insects. Yours is very pretty!

Marcos Santos said...

Hello my friend Fish

You have posted interesting flowers.
The first shows the flowers emerging from virtually from the ground, under the dried leaves. It is anyway, or you made any composition?
I liked very

Twisted Fencepost said...

I have that same sedum in my garden. Great pictures.

dot said...

Wow 20 plants! That's a lot and they are sure pretty. Nice butterfly shots too!

Jo Castillo said...

Lovely colors in the flowers, I like your palette. :)

The Birdlady said...

Oh, FG, I love this post - I love sedum too, and that painted lady: absolutely gorgeous! Lucky you...thanks so much for sharing.

Norm said...

wow! excellent post.. very interesting and beautiful...thanks for sharing..

Luke Wiley said...

Spectacular flowers and cool insects!

Louise said...

Love the flowers. The Painted Lady is my favorite, though. Excellent photographs!

Small City Scenes said...

that is a beauty of a plant. I have a few myself and it is so true you can get a new start but just poking a piece of plant right in the ground or pot or probably anything. MB

Marie said...

What a beautiful series of the sedum plant! The butterfly is beautiful too :)

Carletta said...

Nice series of shots of the Sedum FG. You sure do find the little guys too don't you?

Shionge said...

Oh Wow!! Absolutely fantastic and so glad you took the trouble to share this with us :D

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sedums are butterfly magnets. Great catch of the Painted lady, FG!

Fish Whisperer said...

FG, great post on the flowers. Check to see if you thumb is turning green.
Cheers

said...

This is so very beautiful and interesting...one of the best yet today!very good

Darla said...

Alrightly then. My so called Kalonchoe is a type of Sedum. I have a couple different types of Sedum, but they are small. Thanks.

expressodalinha said...

Always dificult to shot butterflies. Beautiful pictures.

Dulce said...

And this is the story of the flower since the beginning. Your photos are great and the last ones with the butterfly are really beautiful.

CrazyCath said...

Beautiful shots and serious of the growing plant. Love the butterfly.


I have looked up the flowers meme too and entered - BUT - it is on a new site I have started up so please come over if you have time and check it out! Thanks.

Cris said...

It is nice to follow the growth of plants... and it means patience! Nice captures!

me ann my camera said...

Sedum is an enduring plant that thrives and easily shares it beauyt, we have a few different varitis in our garden as well. Most beautiful are the butterflies which enhance the background of your sedum blossoms well. Lovely and informative post!
ann

Abraham Lincoln said...

This post if a reminder that I want to transplant my seedum from the place where it is crowding up against a boxwood. Nice shot.

My flowers are at Thunder Maker

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes sedum, one of our perenials here in our garden.
Lovely! I once brought some in to dry...the kitchen was full of creepy crawlies. Not one of my best ideas! LOL!

Reader Wil said...

Oh what a great set of photos, and cleverly done. Thank you for taking the trouble to create this series! Thanks too, for the visit!

Kahshe Cottager said...

I also like this plant and have several growing in my gardens. Nice to see the series and of course the added bonus of the visitors!

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Gorgeous flower photos. I will have to check out that MEME for next week.

Thanks for stopping in at THE MANE POINT.

Blessings,
Linda

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Cátia said...

A wonderful set of pictures!beautiful flowers

Blue said...

Use to grow Sedums & do remember how the bees & butterflies liked them - great series of photo's.

Carver said...

Your sedum is beautiful. I used to have a lot of it but can't remember what killed mine. I had 3 different varieties that did well for about 5 years and then were gone. Your post reminded me of how much I like it.

ilanadavita said...

Very pretty series.

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a great post! I love the series of photos through the stages of this plant. Great job!
:-)

Judi~Gmj said...

Well done series of pa plants life.

Maria said...

Yes, I know them too and they are beautiful and great plants!
Your series throughout the seasons is wonderful! Thank you and have a nice week, Fishing Guy!

John said...

A wonderful set of photos, FG!

Daniel J Santos said...

what a fantastic post, excellent.

kjpweb said...

Great shots - especially the painted Lady!
Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

o meu passatempo said...

What marvels of photos are simply spectacular then the last two are a marvel with the butterflies, congratulations

Ivar Ivrig said...

Wonderful report and pictures, and of course a beautiful flower :-)

Hildegarde said...

A complete plant story, with guests : beautiful !

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

It is beautiful on both sides! WOW! What a wonderful butterfly! We have a flutter fest going on here -- officially Flutter Festival. We take our butterflies very seriously in Callaway gardens area.

Blessings!
Lacy

Liquid said...

Lucky little butterflies!

Beautiful photos.
:)

Denise said...

Hi, Fishing

Your post is full of beauty and charm, good participation.
Thanks for sharing.
hugs, Denise

Quiet Paths said...

I have one variety of sedum and it goes crazy so I have to be careful with where I place it. Great shots and so many kinds.

Tom said...

Tom, I have also found Sedum to be a great attractor of insects. Not native, but not invasive either. I may get some for our new yard.

Tom

onangelwings said...

Those are stunning shots!!!!!

SandyCarlson said...

These are gorgeous, Fishing Guy. What a process.

Leedra said...

The butterfly photo is beautiful. It is a Painted Lady instead of an American Painted Lady. You probably have already picked up on that from the other comments. They are 2 different ones that are so close. I have had both this summer. You mentioned my sidebar, look closely, I have 4 photos, 2 of the American Painted, and 2 of the Painted. Your photos are great!

piedmontperspective said...

Wonderful series of photos of your sedum! Excellent shots of the insects too.

joey said...

As promised, I returned to view your sedum and these lovely photos of bees and butterflies. Delightful!

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hei Fishing

Fantastic series of beautiful captures!
Thanks for your support!

Luiz

tipper said...

The Sedums grow well in my yard too. Great pictures! Love the bee.

tipper said...

The Sedums grow well in my yard too. Great pictures! Love the bee.

Tommy V said...

great series of pictures. The deer always eat my flowers before the get that big.

Misty Dawn said...

I'm going to participate tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to it! Thanks so much for giving me all the information on this meme.