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World-Champion Thistle

Shouldn’t be this tall

This is a specimen of the common or bull thistle – Scottish emblem etc. According to the books it should reach a heigh of around three feet tall and certainly no more than five on a good day. This specimen which has established itself in the garden has, as you can , see not read the books and has exceeded all expectations. We are allowing it to flower but not to set and distribute seeds – 500 seeds per flower with an in-soil viability of ten years!


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 13 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 177.86mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-07-13T10:57:14-04:00July 17th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Pollinator Patch

A portion of the garden with insect attracting native flowers – monarda, golden rod, two species of milkweed. The monarda also attracts Hummingbirds. There is a dogwood in there too but its flowers came earlier in the year.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 13 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 56.39mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-07-13T10:45:11-04:00July 15th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Envy …

What a lawn should be …

A friend of ours in the next street over has converted her front garden lawn into a medly of native flowers. We could not do this with our garden because we have so many trees and heavy shade – we are installing ferns – but this is simply perfect. Slightly envious.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 3 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

By |2020-07-03T15:03:20-04:00July 8th, 2020|Design, flowers, garden|0 Comments

Catalpa Blossom

Late but Lovely

There are several mature Catalpa trees in the streets around home and most have bene flowering for several days now. Ours came with the house and had been planted in deep shade behind some huge pine trees. It’s coping with life but it is not ideally situated and struggles to find encouraging sunbeams … bit now we have flowers. And what flowers they are.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 167.98mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
By |2020-07-06T07:26:15-04:00July 6th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Clover Time

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
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