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I’ve been away for the last three weekends, having fun on crafting adventures with the Women’s Institute and supporting my husband and pals running a half marathon for the motor neurone disease association. So I’ve not had much time for major work in the garden – I did manage to get out and photograph some of the plants. The weather is still rather odd in Manchester – warmer than it should be at this time of year so flowers are still going strong…Here’s my six on saturday choices.
1. Argyranthemum – Marguerite Daisy
I have two of these daisies on my front porch in pots – I don’t know the specific variety as I think they were from B&Q with no tag. They’ve been very happy this year especially in the blazing sunshine and heat of June/July. Now to try and keep them alive over the winter.
2. Hydrangea Panticulata – Limelight
This hydrangea appeared a few weeks ago for a six on Saturday – it fades from a very pale lime green to creamy white then these pink tinges. Beautiful. Here it is from September (it’s a different flower head but you get the idea).
3. Rockrose and succulents in a hanging basket
Our house gets full sun at the front for most of the day; when the sun’s out and not raining – it is Manchester after all. We’d already decided to put succulents and other more drought tolerant plants in our baskets because the fuchsias and more typical bedding plants had struggled. So we were on the lookout for some suitable plants. My Chap suggested rock rose too – so in it went. It was a good thing we planted the baskets like this as we had 8 weeks of the high 20s/early 30s temperatures in June/July. It took a great deal of watering to keep our small garden alive – so I was pleased how these plants survived and thrived. I wish I’d taken photos at the beginning of the summer as they’ve grown and spread. I’m hoping I can overwinter them too.
4. Honeysuckle – flowering!
This honeysuckle is flowering again – it didnt flower much this summer as it was just too hot.
But it’s flowering where it shouldn’t!
Here’s the beginning of the honeysuckles growth around the watering can pole in May 2017. The honeysuckle is ‘supposed’ to be growing along the fence about four feet away.
I think I’ll leave it until next year to decide what to do with the honeysuckle. I’ve got a cutting going well in another pot just in case.
5. Perennial Wallflower – still flowering
My perennial wallflower has definitely been just that… it’s been flowering since April; it needed some watering in the very hot weather but otherwise has been a glorious show. It’s been in many vases of flowers this summer. It’s down near the arbour at the bottom of the garden.
a. Lensbaby – Trio 28
My Chap bought me a new camera lens for my birthday and anniversary. It’s a Lensbaby Trio 28, which has three rotating lenses with special effects – Sweet, Velvet and Twist. So I decided to practice today on some plants I photograph fairly often. The ‘Sweet’ effect is a central focus with an expanding blur – it’s a fully manual lens so I’m still getting the hang of lighting. I think this looks OK for a first go. I’ll report back.
b. Gardening Photography
One of the things I promised myself this year was to give myself time and space to learn to take better flower photos. I went on a gardening photography course with Janet Broughton in July – we learnt about Aperture. She is a very skilled still life, garden and landscape photographer. I learnt so many gardening photography techniques that day. Janet is very skilled at using Lensbaby lens too – I’d never heard of them until I found her work a year or so ago. This reminds me, I need to write about that course – I learnt so much. It will be good to look back over photographs taken at a 15th Century manor house in the height of summer. I’ve been joining in with her weekly photo challenges too.
Do look up some of the Lensbaby photographers online.
Have at Janet’s work too, it’s stunning (Janet hasn’t asked me to write about her or her work btw). She’s at:
6. Virginia creeper – all gone
There are some berries but not many…. yes it’s been wet in Manchester this weekend.
Here’s the transformation from a month ago:
I’ve enjoyed taking photographs of the creeper as it has changed colour – it’s reminded me to concentrate on being in the moment, being mindful and taking one day at a time.
As usual, I am connecting with JJ from the Propagator Blog – he’s got a lovely butterfly shot, dahlias and an update on how his compost heaps are doing. The beautiful and the mundane – all part of gardening – and you need the planning and preparation to enjoy the beauty.
Do have a look at his latest post Six on Saturday 20 10 2018 and catch up with the gardeners around the world.
This week I shall mostly be planting bulbs and cutting back 🙂 leaving the errant honeysuckle though 😉 It deserves its chance.
What have you noticed changing this week? what do you think about photography lens effects?
Have a good week everyone,
Love Bec xxx xxx