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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer


Is all about whatever you make it.
Even the little things in life that may be pests.
Beats winter in my book.


Hot lips 
Located in my yard brings lots of bees, hummingbirds, and deer do not eat them.
Lovely plant for full sun.
One of these days soon I will get the black bee I have been stalking.

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' was found near the Chiapas area of Mexico and was introduced by Richard Turner of the Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco, California. This is a unique bi-color salvia that has red tips and white lips. In the hotter months of summer it may have all red and all white flowers on the same plant due to warmer night temperatures, but when the night temperature drops in the fall the flowers will return to their bi-color state. This Salvia has a similar look to Salvia greggii except it has a finer texture and smaller leaf. Hot Lips Sage seems not to have some of the leaf spot and defoliation problems that you can get with the greggii’s during high humidity situations, great for use in borders and beds. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' can reach 30" tall and spread up to 6' at maturity.

9 comments:

♥Anna & die Tüddel-Ecke♥ said...

GREAT Pictures!
very nice bug!
greetings & hugs
Synke

T. Becque said...

I like the shadow created by the fly, that's a neat picture!

texwisgirl said...

i like your 'beats winter' attitude! and the hot lips. wow!

Henrietta said...

The fly shot is fantastic, it would be a nice poster, almost like graphic;black,white and grey tones.

Jill said...

That Hot Lips is amazing. I've never seen one before. You shots are wonderful, as always.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Nice fly shot. Now that is some name for your flower. Very beautiful. I know to well about chasing flying creatures with my camera. Have a wonderful week.

Crystal Cattle said...

Flies - there are always lots of those around the farm in the summer! Ugh, but you did manage to make them a little more prettier! THe flower is beautiful.
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Coneflower Ranch said...

Great macro! Hope you get a snap of the elusive black bee! I have a dragonfly that is continually giving me the slip!

Sailor or Bust said...

Janie,
I never knew about that little hook thing on the end of the Hot Lips Salvia. Your details see more than the human eye. I love that about your photos.