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kate1123

Jo glad it was dry enough there to cut your grass, but please take it easy sometimes.

Wintersong

Hmm...practice makes perfect Geoff?

Here's how I can explain it with a few examples (none of which are in my garden this fine May 1st, but from previous years)


 Try to achieve super clear focus.


 Composition. Try to start and end the photo at natural points, nature does this for me with the tips of these lily petals.


 Rhythm. Notice how the eye is kept busy going around and around the curves of this Fungi?


 Balance. Simplicity always works best and the stalk is needed to balance the flowerhead.


 Get down on yer knees

 Think of different angles to offer interest.

Hope that helps

 

P.S. Missed one of my favourites. Texture. Not only do we all love Scabiosa because of its pin cushion heads, but in this photo the petals are almost like blobs of watercolour, in my eye anyhow.


Steff37

It finally stopped raining at about 3pm here.  My garden is completely sodden, I've been bringing waterlogged pots into the greenhouse out of the rain.  The jackdaws and sparrows have been stealing the basket liners for their nests, but the jackdaws have only been taking it as far as our chimney... cheeky gets!  I did see Mr and Mrs bullfinch stripping the seeds from the dandelion heads this morning.

Beautiful pics!  Love seeing them.

kate1123

Wintersong lovely photos.

Geoff only 2 of my tomato seeds have germinated, where do I get a refund?

sotongeoff

Write to this address

Mr And Mrs Dolmio

Tomato Field

Italialand

or e-mail freebietomatoseedsrefundhelpline@youmustbejokingtheywerefree.co.ita

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kate1123

I have contacted them, they said as I was introduced by a third party I need to make my initial complaint to them

sotongeoff

If you can call my office for an appointment I will make sure I am available anytime from 6.25am on 11thMay for the following 14 days-any claims outside that period are null and void-usual t&c's apply

kate1123

If you are unavailable I will be taking a chicken as compensation.

Wintersong

Oh Geoff...looks like you edited out the wall in your last pic. Do you agree with the improvement? 

sotongeoff

Ws-That is what I tried but it didn't seem to work-so if you think it looks better than happy bunny

Kate-move away from the chicken!!-they are not for human consumption.

kate1123

Geoff if I cannot have a chicken can you label up your dahlias, thanks in advance.

sotongeoff

Consider it done-will leave the key under the mat-help yourself to chocolate and ice cream,don't touch the family silver and can you do the ironing.

Wintersong

Lol. I want a neighbourly gardener. Am soo jealous

kate1123

What flavour ice-cream?

sotongeoff

Ws-I am open to offers -have spade will travel

Kate-strawberry or chocolate- churned by hand by the kitchen staff.

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kate1123

Strawberry will be fine can you add a little clotted cream, thanks.

sotongeoff

Consider it done-would you like sprinkles?

Here in west Suffolk it topped 15C, raining all morning till midday then fine. We did have a little blue sky and sunshine this evening.  From our garden this evening I recorded a Hobby and 5 Swift, both new birds for the year.

Our lawns squelch and ooze water when you walk on them. I have used every thing I have that holds water to keep decanting my water butts.

Inkadog

Welcome to May, everyone--got some sun today, but there is a cold wind. I've been working away like a beaver outside; cleaning up the west garden and redoing the pond, hauling cement block, and taking apart some steps to recycle the timber. I am dogless today, as both are away on a doggie playdate---and now I am knackered, so I'm glad they won't need a walk.Tomorrow is supposed to be fine; but I wish it would warm up.

Wintersong

Nice to hear so many gardeners getting those jobs done! It's been too many rain soaked days at exactly the wrong time of the year!