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July 3, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Floating Flowers

Flowering Shrub

'Lace-Cap' Hydrangea

I’ve been more than a little pre-occupied with an extended visit from family, but all my company is leaving tomorrow. Tonight, while they are busy packing, I’m finally getting back to my camera and my computer. I missed my photography, definitely a habit by now, so I don’t think it will take me long to get back in the groove.

This photo is from one of my favorite places, the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison. I love to visit this place in every season of the year, but I think summer is hard to beat. There are flowers blooming along every path, but green is still the predominate color. Lawns, bushes, and trees are all lusciously green, evidence of the more than adequate rainfall we have had this spring.

I needed an ID on this flowering shrub, though I only photographed a few white flowers, and those seemingly floating in space. The bush is only 3 to 4 feet in height, full of clusters of tiny flowers and these flat petaled flowers. Uphilldowndale came in with the identification  while I slept, dreamng of the ‘nameless’ flowers.

Thanks, UHDD!

BTW, she has an awesome story and photo of a dairy bull on her newest post–an animal I should be well familiar with living in Wisconsin, but am not. Dairy herds usually use artificial insemination. Seemingly an easier alternative? Yuk! I will give a nod to the organic dairy farmers in the area who keep more to traditional methods!


  1. montucky / Jul 3 2009 11:56 pm

    I don’t know what they are, but they’re sure pretty. At first glance they reminded me of water lilies.

  2. uphilldowndale / Jul 4 2009 1:54 am

    I’d go for a ‘lace-cap’ hydrangea,
    But maybe I’ve miss judged the scale, it might be an elderberry

    • Bo / Jul 4 2009 7:25 am

      Definite ID- the lace-cap hydrangea. What a perfect name for this dainty -flowered plant. Now I’ll go change the title and post. Thanks, UHDD.

  3. burstmode / Jul 4 2009 8:15 am

    That is a lovely affect.

  4. suehenryphotography / Jul 4 2009 10:20 pm

    I have a hydrangea blooming in my courtyard. I need to hurry out and photograph it! I hope I can get a photo as nice as yours!

  5. Robin / Jul 5 2009 3:39 pm

    Beautiful, soft shot. I’d love to see this one blown up.

  6. Marcie / Jul 6 2009 7:04 am

    Love the soft colors and processing. The blossoms appear to be floating in space. Beautiful!!

  7. amuirin / Jul 6 2009 12:59 pm

    *trying to get the idea of the ‘traditional method’ out of my head*

    Do love-lorn cows low at the full moon, I wonder.

    • Bo / Jul 6 2009 1:23 pm

      Hmmm-maybe that was too much information? Though no one else seemed to notice…LOL!

      And I don’t think cows low, I’ve only heard moo-ing.

  8. Gandalf / Jul 8 2009 8:06 am

    Nice photo. I’m glad someone knew what it was (besides the helpful comment i’d make “pretty flower”).

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