I spent a pleasant half hour or so in my yard yesterday afternoon enjoying a gentle breeze and admiring my flowers.
I think our patio and courtyard is prettier this year than ever before, and I decided to capture the flowers at their peak before the long, hot summer takes its toll on them.
Our Lilac Chaste Tree is one of my favorite plants in the courtyard, and this time of year it is at its most glorious ...
I am so glad I tried the new Sunpatiens (a new variety of Impatiens that tolerate sun). I wasn't sure they would do well in the courtyard, but they are thriving ...
And the Snapdragons are flourishing ...
I went back outside just before sunset and took this picture of the waterfall when the lights came on (you can click on all these pictures if you'd like to get a closer look).
And speaking of "closer looks" — I haven't used my macro lens in a while and thought I would practice a little and get a few close ups of the flowers in the process.
I love the little heart-shaped center in this bud. Isn't it sweet!
I've never had much luck growing Petunias, and although the leaves on this one look rather anemic, it makes up for it with its blooms.
Look at the beautiful little "jewels" that were almost hidden deep in the center of the flower.
You just never know what "jewels" you might find if you take the time to get a closer look at your surroundings — not just in flowers and Nature, but in people, too.