Flowers and Veggies

Another trip around the Capitol Square in Madison checking out the stalls at the Farmers’ Market.

Gaillardia in Focus

Gaillardia in Focus © 2008 Bo Mackison

Blanket-flowers (gaillardia) in a variety of colors – yellows, oranges, white and lavender. I picked up 8 of these annuals to fill in a space in my mostly perennial garden.

Onions for Sale

Onions for Sale © 2008 Bo Mackison

Even the onions are attractively displayed. I had to take a photo before I bought a bunch of green onions. A large population of Hmong farm and sell at the Dane County market, and the women vendors at this vegetable stall always have their produce arranged with an eye for an artistic presentation. Always a visit to satisfy many senses.

Plants for Sale

Plants for Sale © 2008 Bo Mackison

No flowers blooming yet, but the purple tags provided the color for this photograph, with lupine plants tucked in the background. More to plant – always.

Every Sunday is Green Thumb Sunday. Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers participate each Sunday; visit Green Thumb Sunday for more information.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I love lupine…they’re so stately!!

    My Green Thumb is shared…stop by if you have some time!! Happy Sunday.

  2. Your photos are gorgeous. How did you get the blurred effect in the first one? The one flower that stands out gives it a definite 3-D effect. Happy GTS,

  3. worldphotos says:

    The flower is very nice.

  4. Love that top photograph – the slight zoom effect and the lovely light on the coloured petals

  5. All of these photos are gorgeous and, well, I’m at a loss for words. Beautiful, Bo. Just beautiful. 🙂

  6. montucky says:

    That blanket flower photo is striking!

  7. Gandalf says:

    Did you pick a bunch from the bottom of the pile? 🙂 Beautiful montage of the market.

  8. I really love the first shot! The colors are so rich and thick… beautiful. All of them make me want to go! But the top one is gorgeous!

  9. jeanabaena says:

    i like how the blanket flower looks kinda psychadelicky

  10. the orange hue is radiant

  11. I love your farner’s market. You have a lot of pictures form there. You should make a book.

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