My garden is not large, it’s not even considered as being a “good” size, when I look at books with ideas for small gardens, even they are about twice the size. In fact in the big scheme of things it is really quite small, if it was a house it would be called bijou – but as the saying goes, small is beautiful.
I have most things I want in my personal green patch, even a water feature albeit a small bucket. At the far end of the garden in a corner hidden behind shrubs and a couple of holly trees, is my woodland patch.
This is where I throw larger branches after pruning and have gradually built over the years what is now a great hidey hole for any wildlife who care to use it. This corner gets very little sunshine and it is here I also grow ferns. Nothing splendid, there is no collection, just a few odd ones that I have picked up along the way. It became waterlogged over the Winter rains and I thought the ferns were done for. Recently I cleared a lot of dead leaves and there were no signs of new fronds.
This week has been sunny and warm, and lo and behold I have ferns again – they seem to have appeared over night.
At this stage they give an excellent impression of Triffids.
Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.
– from Spring by Christina Rossetti
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The more photographs I take, the more self-critical I become and eager to take better photos.
I still can’t get to grips with the macro on my camera. Recently I gave out a plea for advice and bloggers have kindly given sound advice, which I have taken on board. I focus on my subject, the little image square changes from red to yellow. Perfect, I think! I snap away, eagerly download them and then suffer disappointment. The majority of the close ups are out of focus, such a shame, buds, seedlings, and new shoots lend themselves for brilliant photographs. Spring is a fantastic time to capture all of these.
I have pondered on this for a while now and spent a lot of time Googling articles such as “How to make the most of your digital camera” to name but a few. The more I try to take a good photo, the worse they seem to be, or perhaps I am being too critical. So the conclusion is : (a) don’t try too hard, and (b) take an ordinary photo and then photo fix it when it is downloaded.
This morning, I went into the garden with my camera, only to notice the battery had run down. So, I took my new mobile phone instead. I am still working out how to use this all singing and dancing Android touch phone, so practice and snap away was the best way to learn
First of all these are my little pea shoots. These are in a large pot just outside my kitchen door, against a south facing wall and is my own little micro-climate. Last year, I grew mange tout, chives, chillies and oregano in this pot. The chives and oregano made it through the winter and the chillies will go in later.
Next to the vegetable pots there is the potato sack. My Duke of York first earlies went in a few weeks ago and two of them have sprouted already.
Then I went to the bottom of my garden. The right hand corner is my little woodland area, with a variety of ferns. Aren’t these just great? I love the way they uncurl.
Tucked away under some shrubs, I found the naturalised primroses. They seem like shy little girls, I love them. They are great in pots strategically placed, as a reminder that Spring is here, but growing like this is how they should be found.
The Muscari are in a blaze of colour at the moment. I always forget what a wonderful blue they are, but I am sure this year they are more vibrant than ever.
Imagine my delight when I downloaded them. Close-ups, hoorah! They were clear and in focus. Success!! I am still going to put a photography course on my birthday list but in the meantime I will use my mobile phone for close up shots.