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Spiderwort buds opening

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When I was photographing outside the Austin Nature Center on February 22, I found not only many about-to-open spiderwort buds (genus Tradescantia), but also some that were already opening to reveal their purple flowers.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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  1. Just gets more beautiful:)


    March 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  2. What a wonderful color! Very nice shot! 🙂


    March 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  3. Il suffisait que je sois un peu patiente…
    J’aime beaucoup cette teinte de fleur. Ici, nous retrouvons cette couleur dans de nombreuses variétés, l’aconit, le pied d’alouette, l’ancolie et certaines gentianes. Un régal pour les yeux.


    March 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    • L’ancolie bleue recognizes that a little patience did the trick (after the last post she’d asked whether we’d get to see spiderwort flowers as well as buds). That reminds me of the French saying Tout vient à point à qui sait attendre: Everything comes in time to the person who can wait, all good things are worth waiting for.

      L’ancolie bleue adds that she’s very fond of this color, and notes that where she is (in the Alps, I believe) they see varieties of that color in the aconite, the larkspur, and certain gentians. She finds them a treat for the eyes, and I can say the same for our spiderworts, which also smell lovely.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 3, 2012 at 6:04 AM

  4. They’re disguised as African Violets today!


    March 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

  5. Beautiful ! We’ve had spiderwort in our garden before but they never looked this good!!!


    March 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    • Ours in Texas are well trained to look good. If any of them act up, we send them to a cold climate.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

  6. Hi Steven …. stunning, absolutely stunning … cheers Hilary


    March 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

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