Simply the Best!

It happens very often that a flower will catch my eye when I am working in the garden, most usually as I am on the lawnmower when, of course, I don’t have a camera to hand and I am caught between carrying on with what I am doing or going for the camera to capture what strikes me as something special. Certainly, putting the photograph on the long finger has regularly meant that the moment was gone by the time I came to take it.

During the past week I had taken to using the ‘phone camera which is very convenient, instant and makes posting an occasional photograph online very simple but, as the head gardener pointed out to me when I posted a shot of one of her favourite roses, it just doesn’t do justice to the subject so I have made a bit of an effort to be more diligent and these are my favourite six photograph from this past week – with the proper camera this time!

I took several photograph of this view today, zooming in and out to frame it as best pleased me and later selected this one. The plant in the pot beside the seat is Fascicularia bicolor. The Sedum on the right is ‘Matrona’ and the bright tree in the background is Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Colchicum autumnale is another very easy to grow colchicum though it has the flaw often complained about with colchicums that it is very inclined to flop about as it has a stem which is not strong enough to support the full flower. In their natural setting they grow through the lush grass of riverside meadows and this gives them the support they need.
There’s nothing at all special about this plant but the light of the moment caught it and gave it its moment in the spotlight, a fleeting moment which passed quickly. It is a seedling Cyclamen hederfolium on the brick steps down into the front garden, growing in a patch of Corsican mint.
As when one is waiting for a bus, after a long wait they arrive in twos. This seedling Cyclamen hederifolium was also on the brick steps down to the front garden, growing in the space between two bricks. Plants will choose their own spot!
Nondescript plants can be transformed by a shaft of sunlight. I spotted this little patch of Dryas octopetala, Mountain Avens, as I was on the lawnmower and went immediately for the camera to capture it. I returned the camera to the garage and went back to the lawnmower only to find a beautiful dragonfly, a Common Darter, perched on the hood of the lawnmower – a moment lost!

For a set of photographs, views of the garden at the moment, read The Low Light’s in the Garden.

I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator”. To read more contributions go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!

16 thoughts on “Simply the Best!

      1. The ‘phone has convenience but I don’t find it good – despite all the hype about how advance they now are.

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    1. Close-ups will generally have the same light values, no contrasts, and the ‘phone can manage those reasonably well but you have no control over depth of field or exposure.

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  1. I love that view of your garden seating area – My Cornus Controversa is not as white as yours – just wondering if it was the light of the day that makes it look so pale? My Colchicums decided to flower in about April this year and they haven’t reappeared!!!

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    1. Yes, ‘Norah Lindsay’ is an absolute topper, a beautiful plant and it holds itself up very well while many of the colchicums are inclined to flop. Of course, I listen to Mary, the Head Gardener. She has a very good eye and is a good photographer!

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