Friday Flowers and a Special Visitor

It’s Friday and time for Friday Flowers.   There is  definite pink theme running through the garden.  The hydrangea and spirea I have not shown in this post because I wanted to concentrate on the most spectacular colour at the moment.

Whilst there is an abundance  of white Japanese Anemones all around the garden, the few dusky pink anemones are holding their own and becoming more prolific year on year.

The Sedum is turning from their pale rosy pink to a magnificent dark, almost burgundy colour and the Penstemons are flowering again.

The last week, we have been deluged with rain, it’s apparently been the highest rainfall in September for 30 years.  This does mean some of the plants have taken a real battering, as the rain has fallen heavily on them.    The Asters, also known as Michelmas Daisies, are some that have suffered so, sadly they don’t look as good as they usually do at this time of the year.   However, this doesn’t detract from the shocking pink which lights up the bottom flower bed.

There are a few more flowers on the Scabiosa ‘Crown’ which means there will be more chance of selecting some seeds than I originally thought with the single flower I found last week.

Then, as I was about to go inside, I turned around and found a beautiful Red Admiral butterfly sitting quietly on the Asters.   Until now I have not been successful in capturing the very few butterflies in the garden this year and this one seemed quite happy for me to photograph it.

I am still saving for a proper Macro lens (take note Father Christmas) and the above butterfly photos were taken using a combination of +1 and +2 close up filters.   The camera was set at ISO 400 F8 with exposure times of 1/80 and 1/100.

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15 thoughts on “Friday Flowers and a Special Visitor

  1. Beautiful photos. How do you get them so sharp, do you use a tripod? I find the wind is my worst enemy, as soon as it sees me lining up a good close up shot it starts to blow…

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    1. I have that trouble with the wind too…why does it always wait until you have just the shot you want?! I don’t use a tripod so it’s more by luck with a steady stance and hand. In have been known to hold the flower in one hand to keep it still.

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    1. Hello Diana – the close up filters take a little getting use to and can be a bit frustrating especially if you have what you think is a good shot in the frame and it won’t let you press the shutter. It’s all about having the right distance between the lens and the subject but great fun. We have had some dreadful rain this week too, with terrible floods in York and the surrounding areas where rivers have burst their banks.

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  2. Hi Ronnie,

    Lovely photos… *keeps quiet about the pink Anemones and her lack of pink ones*
    My Sedums are looking gorgeous too at the moment, and of course they’re great late source for the insects 🙂

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    1. Hi Liz
      My pink anemones are very sparse even after several years, perhaps they are just not as sturdy as the white ones. I would like to have them mixed in the same border so will do some moving around shortly. The difficulty with that is they may sulk for a year.

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