Latest posts by Wintersong

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:25

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!

My Baby Robin

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 21:31

I combed and washed my Lab twice a year on the patio and I'm not joking how much hair used to come out! That's one thing I don't miss, although I also left fluffy piles of it around for the birds. I guess you can also compost it, I never thought of that at the time.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 21:21

Lol. I want a neighbourly gardener. Am soo jealous

Bind Weed

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:41

I had a 100ft garden full of bindweed. Best time to spray is when its in flower, so leave it to romp and then soak the b**tard on a windless day! Repeat as needed.

I dug all mine out over the years. I'm very pernickety about weeds and I don't trust weed killers to do as good a job as I can. Saying that, the roots go deep and are very brittle. One tiny bit will sprout a new plant. You have to be extremely careful to dig out as much as you can (I have extremely light soil on a clay base) and constantly pluck new shoots until the stuff stops returning. It's not easy though, it can travel a distance in no time!

If you are serious about gardening and protective of your plants, dig it out. If you just want the quick fix, poison it.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:30

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

April in Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 19:11

Wow! Lovely scenery

My Baby Robin

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:53

My husband and I take immense joy in watching the wildlife in our garden. The baby birds are just so cute.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:29

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.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 17:21

Gorgeous Orchid and garden, KG and Lilylouise!

I especially love the Clematis Alpina, I have just planted the same thing (if not the same cultivar) against my rose arch. This year I got three beautiful bell flowers in early spring and its putting on vigorous growth. can't wait for next year

P.S. I managed to place my new Heuchera Purple Palace directly underneath the Clematis Alpina as the foliage goes really well together whilst the purple hues are awesome against the blue flowers. For once, I placed a plant reasonably quickly!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 17:16

Geoff, the angle on the last photo is perfect, if it was slightly cropped so that you included the chain and basket for interest and continuity but less wall...(that distracts the eye) well, I would put that as a perfect pic! The colours of the Viola are really beautiful.

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