Category Archives: Flowers

The Rule of Thirds

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I love to visit gardens and of course that means I have a gazillion photos of flowers. I don’t post many flowers because I don’t want to bore you all, but this weeks photo challenge has given me an excuse to!
Jen H. says,

The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.

When I go somewhere with my camera I try to find a balance between staying in the moment and recording what I see.  I don’t think too much about the techy stuff but rely on my eye instead. So, while I know about the rule of thirds, it isn’t at the forefront of my mind.Perhaps you’ll tell me if I’ve got anywhere close to Jen’s challenge.

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This is what yellow means!

Yellow is an optimistic colour for me.  It means one thing in particular – SPRING, my second favourite time of the year. Here in the northern hemisphere we are just two days from the winter solstice, a day that fills me with joy. While I know that we have several months of cold, wet weather, I am reassured that each day will be longer by a barely perceptible minute and in a month’s time the sun will rise before I walk to work. I know that one day in February I will stop in my tracks, t smile at a primrose smiling back at me, its sunny yellow heart blowing a kiss. Primroses Before long, yellow signs will be everywhere. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin     

The year’s at the spring,

And day’s at the morn;

Morning’s at seven;

The hill-side’s dew-pearled;

The lark’s on the wing;

The snail’s on the thorn;

God’s in his Heaven— All’s right with the world!

Robert Browning

Yellow tulip

Before we know it, the temperature will rise a few degrees and my favourite spring flowers will take on more passionate yellow hues.  The equinox will insist on equality, and I, well I will leave off my gloves, happy that winter has departed.

Oh, to be in England

Now that April’s there

And whoever wakes in England

Sees, some morning, unaware,

That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf

Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,

While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough

In England – now!

Robert Browning

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge, where Krista throws out a yellow curve ball as a change form the festive colours lots of us are surrounded by. You can join in here,

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me, I’ll just wait for spring and its glorious golden yellows!

Killerton’s Autumn Flowers

Last weekend I went to Killerton in search of some autumn leaves, but summer was still there, with loads of colour.

A salvia - I think!
A salvia – I think!
Definitely a salvia, the scent was strong
Definitely a salvia, the scent was strong
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Salvia and maybe coreopsis
I love single roses, they look more like wild ones!
I love single roses, they look more like wild ones!
Penstemons
Penstemons
More roses
More roses
A cranesbill, no idea which one
A cranesbill, no idea which one
Maybe Cee knows which dahlia this is?
Maybe Cee knows which dahlia this is?
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A toad lily, a favourite of mine

There was autumn colour to be seen at Killerton of course, but that will have to wait for another day, hope you enjoyed early autumn in East Devon.

Colour for Free

A trip to a garden centre will always give you a chance to see colourful flowers, and Otter Nurseries quite close to me, is a lovely one to visit. Outside, their displays are full of  planting ideas for all seasons,  with perennials, bulbs, trees and veggie plants on offer. I liked these.

And inside the huge greenhouse, some exotics.

Much more affordable and able to withstand the English climate are these dear little Violas.

If you have loads of money and space,  

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You could treat yourself to one of these, o13 But I’ll have to just enjoy looking around! o11 Do you have a favourite plant centre?

Enduring Erigeron

This weeks Photo Challenge at the Daily Post is Endurance, I’ve chosen this photo because whenever I see these dainty little daisies I’m amazed at how they manage to grow and thrive against all odds. Here they are, in scorching sun, with no soil and any water that falls quickly evaporating in the heat.

But they still endure.

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Full Tanka Day Seven

I’ve reached the end of the weekly writing challenge with day 7, it’s been fun and surprisingly easy. I’ve used a photo from each month from March, to inspire me and last night I took this one for September.

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Echinacea

you’re the Daisy of daisies

purple coneflower

guide me safely through winter

most splendid and healing plant

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