Would you believe it ? This poppy [Papaver Patty’s Plum] that was dying off almost in opening bud stage, has suddenly spread its petals wide open – the evidence of decay can be seen around the edges. But still, it is looking beautiful and the decay has a cetain ‘je ne sais quoi’ don’t you think?
I have two other poppies coming out now, one a bright red/orange [Papaver Allegro] and this one – a very pale pink [Papaver Carneum] Again – it is not fully open so I shall be watching its progress closely ….
Another of my favourite flowers is the Iris. I planted a gorgeous one last year called ‘Nel Jape’ but there’s no sign of it now – maybe the slugs got it … which is unfortunate because the label says ‘hardy and perennial, lasting for many years’ !! [I always hang on to the labels]
It was a very rainy day yesterday, so I decided to play around with some sheets of white printing paper. It was an idea I picked up from one of my many photography books. The paper is stapled at strategic points to get the required rhythmic patterns . I then used my Paintshop Pro to soften this one.
This one I had fun with using a plug-in called Virtual Photogapher. The effect is called ‘blush’. Although it’s a one-click job you can also use a slider [ or in my case Paintshop] to further adjust.
And lastly – this effect is called dreamy.
My good friends Jo and Terry invited me to lunch the other day so I went armed with my camera cos I knew they had some beautiful flowers and shrubs in their lovely garden. The image above shows some ‘keys’ hanging on the red-leaved Acer they have growing in a tub. Jo told me this is the first year they’ve appeared.
This is a gorgeous Meconopsis – Himalayan Poppy … isn’t it a heavenly blue?
And finally – an Anemone de Caen – one of my all time favourites cos they come in such jewel-like colours. Please forgive the stem cutting across – it was unavoidable!
How blessed we are to have such a wonderful Creator, who has provided for our aesthetic needs as well as our material necessities. To quote part of Philippians 4:8: Whatsoever things are …. LOVELY … think on these things. (Especially if you’re feeling ‘down’).
bye for now, Eileen
I have several lovely poppies trying their best to open up, but they seem to be dying off while still in transition …. was it lack of sunshine I wonder? Well, we have had a few days of warm sunshine now, but they are still stuck! This one opened up enough for me to see the centre though. I’ll be keeping a keen eye on them – but the rains are here again.
This Clematis – Nellie Moser – is doing great and I’ve trailed it along my little picket fence. It is a joy to look out on …..