Hoverfly on Coneflower

29 08 2010

Hoverfly (also known as a flower flies) photographed on a Coneflower (Echinacea). These tiny flies have honey bee-like markings, but are harmless. Many species of hoverfly larvae prey upon pest insects, such as aphids and leafhoppers, making them a natural means of reducing the levels of pests. Hoverflies also like alyssum, buckwheat, chamomile, parsley and yarrow.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Maine wildflowers

28 08 2010

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Marsh near Georgetown, ME

27 08 2010

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Osteospermum ‘Nasinga Cream’

26 08 2010

I think this is the ‘Nasinga Cream’ variety. Osteospermums are also known as African Daisy and Cape Daisy. Photographed at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine 8.23.2010

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Wildflowers in Damariscotta, Maine

26 08 2010

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Bee on ‘Milkshake’ Coneflower

26 08 2010

Bee on Echinacea ‘Milkshake’ Coneflower, photographed at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 8.23.2010. We just got back a few hours ago from my weekend photo assignment in Providence, Rhode Island and our short road trip to Maine afterward. More photos and a write-up about the gardens to come!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Tibouchina ‘Grandiflora’

19 08 2010

I first saw a Tibouchina ‘Grandiflora’ shrub at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, a few years ago. I was drawn to its beautiful velvety leaves, but hadn’t seen the flowers until my visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden this past weekend. Tibouchina is a neotropical plant that is native to the rainforests of Mexico, the West Indies, South America and Brazil. The plant is also known as Large-leaf Princess Flower or Glory Flower and is hardy in Zones 8-12.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.