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Summer Flowers in the Mead

After the spring flowers on the uncut lawn area (the mead) we are now beginning to see the appearance of summer grassland flowers – including four species of clovers.

Why would anyone have a mown lawn and miss these pleasures?


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

By |2020-06-21T15:36:02-04:00June 24th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

High Summer Flowers

Poppies

Mid-summer’s Day and we were out in the sun, dripping wet searching for birds (successfully) when we passed this garden along Cemetery Lane. Can’t get more high summer than this.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 43.48mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-21T12:37:18-04:00June 23rd, 2020|flowers, Seasons|0 Comments

Iris sibirica

New Flowers

There has been a short hiatus in the garden between the spring flowers, mostly shades of blue some yellow, and the early summer flowering. One of the first is this beautiful white Iris sibirica. A very elegant flower.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 13 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 39.42mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-13T14:48:08-04:00June 16th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Rhododendron

Making the Best of a Bad Job

This Rhododendron was hidden in a very shady corner of the garden when we moved here in 1998 and was not “doing” at all well. Rhododendrons can handle shade but do like a bit of sunshine. However, in recent years it has decided that as the environment it finds itself in is not going to improve it had better put some effort into making the best of what it has got by itself. This June it really doing rather well – colour in that corner is just what was needed … but oh, what a time we had to wait.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 60.29mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

By |2020-06-13T14:49:00-04:00June 15th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca (formerly R. rubrifolia)

We planted three of these roses in the garden a couple of decades ago. One didn’t last long, crowded out by encroaching dogwoods. Two are still with us but overshadowed and so the leaves and flowers are quite high on bare stems. This chap was planted in the front by an ambitious squirrel and after several years of slow growth is now making a good living.

The flowers come only once and last a bare week but are quite gorgeous. The seed-containing hips are apparently some of the biggest of any rose and a red/orange delight in the fall. really though the rose is grown for its beautiful foliage. It is native to the mountains of central and southern Europe, from Spanish Pyrenees east to Bulgaria, and north to Germany and Poland.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 10 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 97mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-10T15:05:49-04:00June 13th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Yellow Flag Iris

Nice but Undesirable

A gorgeous flower just appearing in a constraining planter on the edge of the garden pond. This is a good place for them to be but they are not natives on this continent and if they get out into the wild they form dense mats on the edges of waterways that crowd all the other riverside/lakeside plants that would otherwise be flourishing there.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 8 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 198.21mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2020-06-13T14:49:41-04:00June 11th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Anemone canadensis


Native Anemone

Quite a spreading clump of these lovely late spring/early summer shade-tolerant anemones hiding in a corner of the garden

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 9 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 58.29mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-06-10T11:26:39-04:00June 10th, 2020|flowers, garden, Landscape|0 Comments

Errant Violas

Tough little things

Some years ago we had a pot of tiny violas (we allow ourselves the occasional non-native plant in the garden) which set seed and ever since we have enjoyed the offspring emerging from the cracks between stones on the patio. 


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-03T12:16:15-04:00June 3rd, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Rowan Tree

Keeps Witches Away

The Rowan (mountain ash) trees are now blooming and it won’t be long before there are bunches of red berries for the wild birds to enjoy.

In the British Isles the rowan has a long and still popular history in folklore as a tree which protects against witchcraft and enchantment. The physical characteristics of the tree may have contributed to its protective reputation, including the tiny five pointed star or pentagram on each berry opposite its stalk (the pentagram being an ancient protective symbol). The colour red was deemed to be the best protection against enchantment, and so the rowan’s vibrant display of berries in autumn may have further contributed to its protective abilities


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 30 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 151.11mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-06-01T15:50:12-04:00June 1st, 2020|flowers|0 Comments