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Latest posts by Wintersong

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.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:55

I will be exploring further tomorrow when I recover from my aches and pains. The soil hasn't been dug in that area for more than a decade, so I'm in for some serious exercise. 

If I can save part or parts of it I will certainly will! The outside edges are still living but its sheer size might make division problematic.

Its huge and acts as a privacy screen for our little sun spot, so the neighbours can't see me sunbathing. Hubby has already volunteered to build some trellis and an arbour to sit in the same corner so I might end up with the same quality of privacy,a new vista and a baby Pampas that I can watch from my kitchen window through the winter. That would be a great ending to this story, especially since I seem to be making enormous holes in my garden sudden when I had done so much autumn planting to fill those gaps.

Oh well, the joys of having a large garden

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:30

Oh gorgeous Kate!

Sorry about hogging the sun all day, it's been perfect gardening weather and I've just come in from a whole day's digging. All the raspberry roots appear to be gone from my sun border but I discovered a new problem.

My very mature Pampas grass is rotten to the core! I have to admit to being a little lazy about the management of this beast over the years, it just kept growing and I left it to take up a good few feet because although its base is ugly, I always adore its gorgeous plumes that I watch from my kitchen window all winter long. I know its spring because the birds strip the plumes clean for their nests

Now, what to do about it...I started digging around in the centre and the whole thing is falling apart with rot (amazing compost!) so its coming me...all alone...oh dear. I may be some time.

So, my 19ft full sun border that incorporated a huge pampas grass at one end will end up an even bigger border to plant up. But what a brilliant spot to build an arbor with climbers.

Oh my, it might take about three or four years to establish but a long term project that will end very well.

I will sorely miss those giant feathery plumes though.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:17

Blue skies in Kent, ground is sopping wet ofc.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:15

Poor Geoff and his chickens! Am crossing fingers for their comfort and safety asap.

Poured all night but bright and dare I say sunny today. Been digging over the Full Sun border this morning, its a quagmire and will need several digs to get all the raspberry roots out the ground, but keeps me out of trouble

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:36

Yipee! It's about to be May!

Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 22:13

The Laural will sprout from the stump, they are feisty creatures. I pruned the lower branches away to give mine more of a tree form but it does mean that I have to rub off the new shoots every spring/autumn, but I don't mind. I have one at 30ft tall and a self seeded baby that I clipped into a standard,at about three and a half foot tall so far. Obviously the parent plant grows much larger shoots than it's off spring.

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