May, wild flowers

May 1st, and time for a new garden challenge them from Jude. This month its wild flowers, this is what she says.

‘This month i want to see wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on a heath and even in your own garden. Basically plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes, sadly often referred to as weeds.’

So my first entry is this sea thrift, it’s one of my favourites, I love how it thrives on virtually no soil, clinging tenaciously to rocks, its deceptively delicate flowers reaching for the sun.

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If you’d like to join in this month, visit Jude’s garden challenge page to find out how.

A Million Daffodils

When the former pilot Keith Owen died, he left his fortune to the seaside town of Sidmouth, to brighten up the place he loved and visited many times. Since then more than 300 people have helped to realise his dream, planting bulbs around the town, making Sidmouth an even lovelier place than before. One of his ideas was to ‘plant a million daffodils’, this has been fulfilled, and the town and areas around it is now a sea of golden yellow and will be every spring.

Late on Sunday afternoon, after my walk at the Byes, where many carpets of daffs are blooming, I climbed a little way up Peak Hill where I knew the sight would be wonderful. Puffing my way past the flowers I sat here and enjoyed the view.

daff1Once I’d got my breathe back, I tried to get some good shots, but the blue sky from earlier was misty.

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I walked a little way back down, and the glow as I shot into the sun was dazzling.

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What a generous soul Mr Owen must have been, and what a lasting legacy he has left!

February Monochrome

Jude’s Garden photography challenge this month is monochrome, and this is my second entry. Last week I posted flowers, but like Jude I wouldn’t usually convert flowers to black and white and now here I am doing it again. As she points out this week, it’s all about texture, shape and structure, get that right and even flowers can look good in black and white.

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So, what do you think, does this tick the box?