I'm not sure if I really like gardening, but one thing I am sure of, I love to reap what I sew. If you are ambitious in the fall and have a few bucks to throw away on flowers, you could make your yard pop with bulbs and fill your camera card with flower pictures. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Crocus just to name a few, are a great way to bring life to your yard in the spring, and it's my favorite time of year.
Each year I try growing different flowers to test which ones grow well in my region and also to test which flowers need little or no maintenance, but most important, which flowers have the best show with the most vivid colors. I have a collection of flower pictures that I will share with you, and hopefully it will inspire you to add some of these beauties to your own garden.
My favorite flower is the wave petunia, unfortunately every year I grow them they get eaten by a little green worm halfway through the season and I lose all my flowers, otherwise I would have them everywhere because of the spectacular show and ease of care to maintain them. So let's take a tour of the flowers I have had success with, and see if my flower pictures inspire you to try different flowers in your own garden, or if you would rather just enjoy pictures of other people's flowers.
Tulips and Daffodil Pictures
Here are a few pictures I took in the spring with just a point and shoot Fuji S5200 Digital camera. If you plan to take your own flower pictures, use your camera in Macro mode for close up shots with no zoom, or very little zoom, they will come out crystal clear, something to be proud of.
I had pulled in the driveway one spring evening, and as I looked at my yard, I noticed this one yellow daffodil in the middle of several red tulips, it caught my attention immediately, so I grabbed my camera and started shooting, and these are my results.
Tulips and Daffodils
Purple Cone Flowers and Black Eyed Susan, Make Good Company
Where I live in the US, black eyed susan grow wild but I love to have them in the yard because of the spectacular show the produce, add a few cone flowers to the mix and you can have flowers for years without ever having to plant a seed. I have a 10'x10' garden in the yard that is filled with cone flowers and black eyed susan, they attract plenty of butterflies and sometimes an occasional hummingbird.
Sunflowers grow huge; sometimes 16' tall and there show is big! I took some great pictures of my sunflowers, I couldn't get over how tall they grow, and when they start to seed, the birds come running. I tried yellow and red sunflowers, both were a huge hit with me, but you really need the room for these monsters, very photogenic.
The morning glory is another favorite of mine, easy to grow, just need water and plenty of sunlight. Morning glories will seed themselves each year; the seeds are in a tough shell and can withstand the coolest winters. I never have to worry if I will have morning glories the following year, I must pull hundreds of them and only save a few, they will takeover your yard if you let them. The morning glory comes in so many beautiful colors, but I admire the blue the most.
Morning Glory Pictures
Dinner Plate Dahlias
The dahlia is a great flower in any size, but the dinner plate dahlia is awesome, but high maintenance. The flowers get so big and heavy that you have to steak them so the branches don't break in the rain or high winds; also, the dahlia is a tuber and will not survive any cold winter temperatures below 0 deg. You can dig them up and store them in a cool dry place but my results were that the flowers didn't have the same impact the following year. They are beautiful flowers but are a lot of work.
Dinner Plate Dahlia
The hibiscus is a show stopper, if placed in a sunny area and watered daily; the hibiscus will flower continuously throughout the summer with beautiful tropical flowers. The hibiscus will not survive in temperatures below freezing, but you can bring them in for the winter and place them in a window facing the south, also you will need to water the plant at least twice a week and drench it. In the spring, place it back outside and enjoy it for another season.
I do have a Hibiscus that survives the winter but it is the dinner plate size Hibiscus, it has waxy leaves and grows about 5' tall in one season. I cut it back to the ground each fall and in the spring it pops back up. This Hibiscus need lots of sun and it also likes to be protected from the wind because of the size of it flowers. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this plant and the growing season has ended.
Chrysanthemums or Mums
Mums in the fall are by far the best bloomers, sold in a wide range of colors; you can find some to blend into your landscape as if they were meant to there. I had a few friends hanging around one day waiting for a photo op, so I broke out the camera and started shooting, wow! They just wouldn't leave so I ended up taking some great pictures.
Chrysanthemums or Mums
My Christmas Cactus
I know that the Christmas cactus is an indoors plant but I need to share with you the stunning snapshots I took, it is absolutely gorgeous and the show will go on for another few weeks. I don't understand why they named it the Christmas cactus, it never blooms around Christmas, and it always blooms around Thanksgiving. This plant likes it very sunny and the soil need to stay slightly moist, then you can have blooms like this.
Unique and off the wall plant and flower pictures
I have some photos that are unique, and I really didn't want to categorize them, but I thought you might find them interesting. Some of the plants I do not know the names, the pictures were taken in St Lucia while I was on vacation and I never caught their names. I also have a few critters in the pictures that are quite unusual, so I added them to my picture collection because they eat the very plants and flowers that are in this hub. I hope these little guys interest you instead of gross you out, they are part of our world and they probably live in your plants right now, but they are camouflaged so well, you can't see them.
I hope I have inspired you to try different flowers in your garden and enlightened you on some of the possibilities gardening offers you. If you like what you see, leave me a comment, if you don't like what you see, leave me a comment :) If you have any questions about flowers, throw it out there, I might have the answer, I might not.
Unique and off the wall plant and flower pictures
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Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on March 21, 2018:
Ah Yes, my flower gardens were so nice at my last home, now I'm working on making new gardens with a little more space between plants and a little less work lol. I grew to remember most names from my wife telling me 100 times over each of the flowers names.
Recipes are huge and if you keep with it you will become great with your own subscribers, just keep writing and sharing all your tips and tricks to make fabulous foods. I'm humbled by your words of being a great Hubber, I just keep connecting with my audience and writing when I have free time, so keep on writing :)
Ramona from Arkansas on March 21, 2018:
I enjoyed your Hub and the pictures of the flowers are beautiful! I also have a flower garden. It's small but amazing! I never can remember the names of the flowers though. I was just passing through thought I would stop and say hello. Now off to writing another recipe Hub. I want to become a great Hub-ber like you one day. Thanks for the inspiration.
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 06, 2017:
Thanks for commenting :) My advice is to keep writing. If you're looking to make a few extra bucks, keep creating craft hubs, people are always looking for new ideas. I also recommend recipes, everyone needs new ideas for dinner and snacks, and HubPages has the template for recipes, so use lots of pictures and short/time-lapse videos. Share the videos and time-lapse videos on YouTube and put links back to your hubs. Once you have enough views on YouTube you can also monetize the videos. You can create free videos on Animoto with short 5 second clips and pictures, then upload them to YouTube directly from Animoto. Hope this helps, keep me posted on how you make out, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here ;)
Nicole K on November 04, 2017:
The flowers are beautiful. I love the morning glories and sunflowers, especially. I saw your page advertised on the main page of the HubPages site. I've been on here for 5 years, and I love it, but I'm hoping to grow and hopefully make more income per month. What advice can you give pertaining to that? Best wishes, Nicole
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 17, 2017:
Yes, the Christmas cactus puts on a great show and mine are almost ready to bloom again :) Can't wait! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 15, 2017:
The Christmas cactus caught my eye. I had one that surprised me with such full, beautiful blossoms. Your photos are just lovely. Thanks for this hub.
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 14, 2015:
Hi Jeanpaul, I gave all the names I knew, some pictures were taken in St Lucia where I didn't know the names of the flowers :(
jeanpaul on September 14, 2015:
nice. this helped me but i needed some of the names
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 15, 2013:
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on August 14, 2013:
sterimar from Somewhere on April 09, 2012:
You are welcome eddiecarrara!!! :-)
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 04, 2012:
Thank you sterimar, and thank you for the comment. Happy planting :)
sterimar from Somewhere on April 04, 2012:
wow! beautiful flowers! now I'm excited to plant the seed of different flowers we have just bought last month. great hub ;-)
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 03, 2012:
Sure Jim, no problem :) I had found another person online who thought their Pieris Japonica was a Mountain Laurel as well so I guess it an easy mistake, but for me, I just learn as I go,lol. Take care.
Jim WIlkins on April 03, 2012:
Haha, thank you! you have beautiful flowers and photos. And thanks for the clarification.
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 02, 2012:
Thanks you for bring that mistake to my attention. I just did a search my self, and found that it's called a Pieris Japonica, I just assumed it was a Mountain Laurel from the little knowledge I have of plants and flowers :) I will change that description on the picture, thanks again Jim, take care.
Jim Wilkins on April 02, 2012:
Hello Eddie, I was curious about the mountain Laurel. I looked at google images to find the flower and none of them looked the same. Any help?
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 06, 2012:
Thank you lintertrans for taking the time to comment and welcome to hubpages.
Iintertrans from New Delhi on January 05, 2012:
beautiful flowers and nice to have posted
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 30, 2011:
Your welcome Debra, I feel your pain, I'm just a little north of you here in NH, winter seems to drag on forever up here, lol. Thanks for you comment and Happy New Year!
Debra Buckland from United States on December 29, 2011:
Thanks, for sharing such beautiful photos of your flowers!! Really enjoyed them especially when winter weather is upon us here in Pennsylvania. A spring preview is always appreciated!!
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 29, 2011:
Thank you Denise for you kind words, the vote up and the pass along. Gardening is hard work but when I'm getting my hands dirty I start with the end in mind :)
Yes Perspycacious, when the earth is like concrete, it's nice to look at what will be, in only a few short months. thank you for the pass along.
Hello L.L.Woodward, I don't know if I have a green thumb but I do have an affinity to flowers and photos. Thank you, I am humbled by your kind comment :)
L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on December 29, 2011: