I had been thinking about joining in Helen’s End of Month View for a while and when today started bright and frosty I decided to dedicate the day to trying to photograph my garden at the end of February.
Now I am at that stage of photography where I am certainly not a beginner (having taken photographs for at least forty years – AAAHHHH! – I was very young when I started!) but neither do I know what I am doing. I am at that terrible in between stage when I know what I am supposed to be doing but can’t quite achieve it.
So 9.30 this morning saw me getting the camera equipment together. The first battle was getting the camera set up on the tripod – do these things really need so many levers, knobs and other adjusters? Then I took out a recent birthday gift of a large reflector. This is one of those things that somehow twist up into a small area, but once released are never to fold up again! I also got out my new macro lens (same birthday) as the day was calm and bright and I was determined to get that illusive shot of my iris reticulata. Then I needed something to lie on as most of the flowers out at the moment are inconveniently near the ground! I finally made it outside and yes the sun was still shining.
I started off trying to photograph the beautiful blue iris reticulata which have naturalised wonderfully around the patio. A lot of them started life as those indoor bulbs you get for Christmas. Picture me with the camera nicely set up on its tripod while I try to balance the reflector at the right angle and take the photo using a remote.
Then readjusting the settings and taking another picture,
then readjusting the settings and taking another picture. . . . .
then………you get the idea.
In most cases I find the camera’s automatic settings get a much better result that I do trying to be clever!
I have taken about a hundred shots of the garden this morning and then , you will be pleased to hear, a breeze got up which made it even more difficult to get good shots.
So here is a much abridged tour of my garden on the nicest day we have had this year….
Starting around the edge of the patio at the back of the house.
Even the persicaria at the back door is showing signs of new life. That is despite a friend of mine mistaking it for a pile of old leaves and giving it a good kick. You know who you are!!!
Then round the East house border (note to self: must get more interesting names for the borders in my garden!) the japonica is budding up nicely ready for a lovely spring display.
Then we have the main South facing herbaceous border. It is still looking rather dull though signs of life everywhere.
Starting from the top (near house)…
The delphiniums are sprouting well here
A bit further down the border we have a bird bath…
Still further down I have a little path and seat – though the seat is away in the garage for the winter.
The Bleeding Heart plant has strong new growth. This plant flowered longer than any other last year – even when the flowers were dead they seemed to keep their colour.
Climbing up the new trellis is some honeysuckle that I planted last year. It got powdery mildew and had to be cut right back a couple of times. It seems to have done it good as it is now looking really vigorous.
To the right of the path I have a few new plants including Nandina Domestica which I rescued looking very bedraggled from the bargain bench at the local garden centre. It is doing really well but the leaves didn’t turn to Autumnal colours as expected.
To the front of this bit I found two lovely white crocuses had appeared overnight!
Then on to the bottom shady part of the border, which is looking very bare at the moment.
So that is the main parts of the garden. I will try to take similar photos as the months go by.
Meanwhile I have a very large reflector to get back into a very small case. . . . .
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