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Friday Flowers

The garden is certainly taking on its summer mantle of colours. As we are nearing the end of the month and the End of Month View blog post for June, today I am just going to share a few of the very pretty flowers in the garden.

Triteleia Laxa : this is a summer flowering bulb. I forget that I have this in a large pot on the patio and am always surprised, not to mention delighted, when the bright blue flowers shout “hello, we are here again!”.

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Astrantia ‘Buckland’ : I bought this plant several years ago from a private garden that had opened to the public on an Open Gardens weekend in Henfield West Sussex.  It brings back happy memories of a very hot day. I am assuming it is a Buckland but I am sure if I am wrong someone will correct me.

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Penstemon ‘Garnet’: this has now survived two winters. I also had an ‘Apple Blossom’ but sadly it died last winter maybe it was too wet for it. Another plant that is slug proof.

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Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ : I thought I had lost this but clearly I was wrong. It would seem this is the only salvia in my garden that the slugs and snails leave alone. It looks good with the Penstemon behind it.

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Please come back very soon because next Monday will be the EOMV post and you will see the garden in its full glory! By that time the Agapanthus will be out properly as will the Passion Flowers. The roses are looking good too…here is a small taster.

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Friday Flowers : 21 March 2014

The Forsythia at the bottom of the garden is coming into bloom and taking on a cheerful Spring-like yellow hue.    It is just right to add to a vase with daffodils and narcissus.   The tiny Tete-a-Tete daffodils are over now but the double Narcissus “Abba”, which I think look like poached eggs, have beaten the snails ( a few are eaten) and smell absolutely wonderful.

I bought a “variety” bag of daffodil bulbs to plant for this Spring,  so I have no idea what the ones that have come up are called but they are looking very pretty and provided a great selection of daffs.  There is a small delicate one with yellow outer petals and an orange trumpet which I was hesitant to cut but decided to add it to the spring floral display.   I always have this dilemma, to cut or not to cut, whilst it’s great to see the yellow happy daffodils nodding their heads in the flower beds, it is also nice to have them indoors where I can see them.

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As I type this, listening to Gardeners Question Time on the radio, the sun is streaming into the lounge and the warmth is bringing out the heady perfume of the Narcissus “Abba” – it is glorious!

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As soon as I have posted this I am off out into the garden again, there is a lot to do.  Very cold nights are forecast so  I am going to cover newly burgeoning plants with cloches.   The warmth of the sun brought everything on and it would be awful to lose them  now.

Happy Flower Friday!

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Flower Friday: Playing with Close Up Filters

Today is the day for Flower Friday blog posts, the sun is shining and I have the day off work.  I am always inspired by the fabulous photography on Gwirrel’s Garden website and today her post playing with light, with very clever photographs of dew laden grass and magenta sedum, is no exception.   Regularly visiting blogs written by photographers is an excellent way of obtaining creative ideas.

I  have a long way to go to match some of the photographs published on blogs and am still very much in the learning stage even though I have had my Nikon D3100 for over a year.  I have been on courses and bought books on photography, but for me the best way to learn is trial and error.  The great thing about digital cameras is that you can just delete poor pics, gone is the expense of  film with photos turning out to be rubbish.    The one thing I have gathered is that the ability to see what could be a great shot means you are halfway there.

A good macro lens is almost the same price of a camera and something that I aspire to eventually, when funds allow.   In the meantime, I have a set of close up lenses from +1 to +10 and these screw together to make up a variety of magnifications.  It is fun chopping and changing the lenses to get different views of the same thing.

The following “trial and error” photographs were taken using a combination of two close up lenses: +2 alone, +10 alone and the two together making +10. +12 (maths was never my strong point).   The sharpness is not quite there, because every time I focused in, the wind blew – such is the problem with photography!  Also I think I should have used a tripod.  However, soft focus is also acceptable, and that is certainly what these are.

These tiny flowers are part of the Fatsia Japonica that I have growing outside at the back of the house.

Happy Flower Friday everyone!

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Friday Flowers

There are some beautiful, clever and interesting blogs on the block.   They are all excellent but one or two I find a great inspiration  from and one in particular  is Gwirrels’ Garden.   Liz’s photography skills are  breathtaking and as a  relatively newbie amateur photographer, I have learned a lot over the last year, just by looking at her photographs which have given me a new way at looking at capturing plants and flowers.

I discovered Friday Flowers  on Gwirrel’s Garden blog.  It is a bit like Wordless Wednesday, not a meme but a showcase of flora and fauna with few words posted regularly on a Friday.   I love looking at the variety of photos and until now have not joined in  but have always meant to.

This evening  I called in to see my neighbour (and good friend) for a Friday evening drink and took my camera.   I love her garden, which is shady and full of interesting plants which include collections of Salvia and Euphorbia.

So without any further words below are a selection of the flowers from her garden for Flower Friday.

This post follows on very closely to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day which is on the 15th of each month, but as I never tire of photos of flowers, I hope you don’t either.

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