Patio Garden

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This is a corner of my little patio garden.  As you can see  – there are still gaps to fill as I only started planting it up last year and wanted to see how much room the plants would need.  I’ve tended to go for ‘clump forming’ plants because I don’t want the hassle of invasive ones.  I know from past experience what a nuisance they can be – even if the flowers are beautiful [you can have too much of a good thing!]

The poppies, I think, will easily  divide, so I’ll be able to give some to friends. For the most part the chosen plants have all behaved themselves, but I bought an achillea that has spread far too rapidly – the flowers are a deep pink and appear to be more invasive that the lovely pale yellow variety I had in my old garden. So – I will get them dug out and passed on to my daughter who likes the feathery leaves.

I’m not able to do the digging and planting [because of arthritis/hiatus hernia etc] so I have to rely on a gardener to do it for me. Unfortunately he is very busy and tends to fit me in when he can …. I also rely on my son to take me out to Garden centres etc. when I need more plants.

At the moment it seems to be all reds and pinks showing , so I’m on the lookout for some pale yellows/blues. Irises [which I love] would probably fit the bill but the one I bought last year must have made a nice meal for the slugs as it hasn’t re-appeared.  Either that or it didn’t like the sun [no shade here whatsoever] or the soil isn’t right.  P’raps someone  could enlighten me?

My all-time favourite rose is now blooming – it is called Cream Abundance, so I just had to take pics of it again….

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Please feel free to leave a comment so that I know you’re there!    many blessings,    Eileen


Busy Bees

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This Geranium [Crane’s Bill] is growing outside my garden border –  from past experience I know how they can take over a garden. However pretty they are, I don’t like ‘invasive’ plants, but the Bees do and they were going crazy over this one.
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I would have liked the bees to have been sharper, but they were moving about from flower to flower the whole time , so it was pure chance that I got a couple of reasonable shots.

It’s times like this that show my lack of camera know-how – and oh how I long for a guiding hand over my shoulder!  Maybe one day I’ll find a photography class/course /day that will be conveniently near enough for me to attend …. but ideally – it would be lovely to find a knowledgeable companion to go on photographic walks with. Meanwhile, as usual, I have to learn as best I can from the many excellent photography Blogs here or my beloved books, but as when learning to use a computer, there’s nothing like a real person to explain things is there?  Oh dear – I hope I don’t sound too sorry for myself!!

see you soon,     Eileen


Oddments …

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This is a super Heuchera , appropriately called ‘Marmalade’ that I bought last year. I love heucheras and I love marmalade- so what more could a person ask for?  They are such undemanding plants and have spires of tiny starry flowers in early summer. I like them because they are clump-forming  – and they look beautiful in the rain too.

Rose and Ladybird

I’ve shown images of this lovely rose  here before – Rhapsody in Blue – but this time it had a visitor. It looks like a ladybird, but it is yellow and black, so that has thrown me a bit!  Anyway – as yellow is the complementary colour to the purple rose [on the colour wheel] I thought it looked rather nice. The bug isn’t as sharp as it might have been ‘cos it was on the move the whole time ….

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I thought I would throw this one in rather than make it a new post ….  it almost looks like the snails and debris are on the sea shore, rather than on the paving in the garden – just a bit of flotsum and jetsum.

see you soon,   Eileen


Ah – Those Poppies …

 

Pink Poppy

 

 

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?

Pale pink Poppy

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]

 

 


Friends’ Garden

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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.

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This is a gorgeous Meconopsis – Himalayan Poppy … isn’t it a heavenly blue?

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Poppy & Clematis

 

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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 …..

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Flower Portraits

 

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cinnamonA friend gave me some lovely pansies to put in my garden – they have a huge variety of colours in their little faces. I had great fun with my post processing.

DahliaI like to bring the flowers indoors – especially on windy days when it’s difficult to get a still shot.  I tend to use a black backdrop for them as the colours show up nicely I think.

FuschiasNow for a couple of ‘outdoor’ shots.

Fallen Fuschia

 

 

 

 


Rhapsody in Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the shrub rose that my friends gave me recently. The label on it tells me it was ‘Rose of the Year 2003’ and I can certainly see why.

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Colour may sometimes be called what it isn’t,  eg in the Cat breeders’ world, a grey-coated cat is referred to as ‘Blue’ – as in Blue Persian, or a ginger cat is Red, as in Red-self. And so it is in the plant breeders’ world it seems – for it says clearly on my Rose’s label that it is a purple rose , changing to slate grey as it fades. But Blue? – no – that is the colour of the sky.

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Still, leaving aside the anomaly, it is a truly beautiful rose and I love its name. It photographs well too.  I love to get ‘creative’ and I have a couple of mirror tiles that I like to use sometimes.

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The accuracy of reproducing the actual shades of colour may be a little bit off  in these images , especially in the post production stuff I do,  so I hope technical purists will forgive me. My artist’s eye tells me the purple of this rose has more red in it than blue, and part of its charm is its changing colour.  I welcome any comments /advice  …. bye for now,   Eileen

 

 

 


God’s Artwork

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These are pics of flowers in my friend’s garden.  I love the ‘beards’ in these beautiful Irises.

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The pictures speak for themselves I think and show the wonderful variety of design that mankind in a million years could not invent. All our knowledge is built on what has gone before and just as the information on our computer programmes have been placed there by an intelligent mind, so God has put His information for different life-forms within the seed, to reproduce after its kind

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Clematis

 

002 Well, of course, being England – it couldn’t last long could it? … the sunny weather I mean !  After being spoilt with the most gordeous blue skies and warmth for almost a week – it turned nasty again.  I don’t mind the usual showers or even the heavy rain we’ve been getting – it’s the sudden drop in temperature that chills me poor ole bones that gets to me.  Still, I shouldn’t complain when there are parts of the world that suffer so much from earthquakes, tornadoes and the like !  Hmm – I’m living on easy street ain’t I?

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Before the rains came I was able to buy some plants to begin filling up the little border. As I’m now the proud owner of a little pickett fence I decided a couple of Clematis would look good scrambling over it.  No matter that I discovered too late that Nellie Moser grows 10ft x 10ft ….

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