The Friday Flower…on Saturday

Yesterday was the end of a particularly stressful week at work and so by the time I had fought my way through the traffic and got through the front door, fed Slipper and finished my chores there was no time or energy left to write my post. So, I decided to write it this morning. The sun is out and the garden is laying heavy with the overnight rain, although the rain is doing wonders for the flowers which are all looking lovely, it’s also bringing out the snails and slugs….the battle I fear is about to begin as I moved my rocket plants and tender lupins out yesterday ……..However, the flower for today just has to be my Clematis. This is Nelly Moser, a beautiful and relatively easy to grow clematis that favours my east facing patio as it gets both sun and shade throughout the day (sun when it decides to show itself I may add!). The flowers are huge at 6-8ins in diameter and it looks sub tropical when in full flower. My Nan loved this clematis and I remember that the one in her garden was simply huge, clambering over the other shrubs and trees. I bought it because it minded me of her, smiling as she enjoyed her gardening, something we can still share even though she is gone. When something holds a memory it is good to hold on to that something……



The Friday Flower – After the Rain

Well Friday has rolled round again and what a week it has been. It started off on a positive note but unfortunately went down hill, however this seems to be the norm at the moment and so when Friday comes around it’s a relief. The tension in my neck and shoulders seems worse than ever and I think I need to see about some serious massage therapy, but until then I have my flowers to cheer me up and put the smile back on my face. Gardening has always been an outlet for me, more so now I have the greenhouse! This evening has been a treat as although it is cool, grey and damp the droplets remaining after the rain storms look beautiful on the emerging flowers and leaves, the plants seem as relieved as I do that it’s Friday, their stress has been lack of real water for weeks and so now they look refreshed and revitalised. Here is the sole surviving Allium, sadly last years terrible slug fest seems to have destroyed the other bulbs, but this one is a treat, I hope you like it! Have a lovely relaxing weekend and thanks again for all your views, likes and comments!


41 Day 279 – Dragons and Damsels

Fairy tales have always fascinated me, where did they originate and how come they have stood the test of time, having been handed down from generation to generation. Tales of ferocious dragons and damsels in distress, monsters and villains as well as the happy ending. Recently I was lucky enough to take part in a macro course held at the privately owned Alvecote Wood, and taught by the owner, who’s passion was clearly evident and her knowledge simply endless. Throughout the day we were advised on tips and tricks to capture the smallest of insects and flowers and it soon became evident that stealth and a steady hand were basic requirements in order that you didn’t scare the twitchy subjects away! More relaxed subjects such as the Burnets were somewhat easier to photograph as you could get in extremely close without them seeming at all bothered. At the end of the day I returned home armed with much more knowledge than when I had begun, taking a moment to look more closely at my images from the day. The subjects shared here are a Common Blue Damsel fly, apparently recognizable by the single black stripe on its thorax and the ‘ace of spades’ marking although they are so similar to the other damsel fly’s that I’m not 100% sure! The second image is a bit more difficult and I only have my guide book to go from, but taking a guess i think it may be an Emerald Dragonfly, but again the similarities to other species is so remarkable that I really wouldn’t like to say for sure. Hopefully someone may be able to correct me if I am wrong! Luckily neither of the subjects on this occasion breathed fire or seemed in any distress, so for these two it really was a happy ending!