Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

A good year for Foxgloves

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I love the beautiful bell shaped flowers of foxgloves and the way they have patterns inside them to lead bees deep inside to pollinate them.

It’s been a good year for them this year. I’ve seen them on roadsides, in gardens, in people’s drives and I was really pleased to see some growing in my garden.

Every morning I could come downstairs, put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, and while it was brewing, go out into the garden to take photos of the foxgloves and the bees buzzing round them. They lasted for ages, because as one flower dies, another one opens further up the stem.

They’ve gone over now, but I’ll spread their seeds round the garden hoping that they’ll come up again next year. In the meantime, I have some lovely photos to remember them by.

Spring flowers

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A group of crocuses

I walk past these lovely crocuses on my way to work and I just had to stop and take a photo of them. They’re so delicate and so colourful after the drabness of winter.

A touch of Spring

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

A touch of Spring

I went out into the garden yesterday to take some photos of the Moon as it was a lovely clear sunny day. As I turned round to go back into the house, a flash of colour caught my eye, and there in the middle of the lawn was a crowd of mauve crocuses!

I was so pleased to see them! I don’t remember them from last year, but I think what happened was that the birds had sabotaged them by pecking them to pieces before I had a chance to see them.

Of course, with my camera already in my hand, I had to take some photos of them!

Feeling Christmassy

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I’ve started to feel Christmassy now. The lights and decorations being up don’t do it, because they’re up in time for my Birthday, and that’s what they make me think of. What’s made me feel like is a Christmas play and a flower arrangement.

The children from the local Primary School did three performances of their play, and the people of the village were invited to one of them, so I decided to go along. It was really good. Very well organised and performed. It had a Christian Christmas theme, although it wasn’t a nativity play. All sorts of things had been woven into it, including a version of X Factor! One of the acts was two young boys singing. They introduced themselves ‘I’m George, and he’s Henry, so we’re called Genry.’ I love it when topical popular things are included in something traditional, and of course they both sang a lot better than Jedward!!

Every year I’m invited to help decorate my local Church ready for Christmas. Lots of people help and we have a large flower arrangement on all the windowsills. I really enjoy doing them because I like doing things big and there’s lots of space I can use. I had some red baubles that I don’t use because I like to use purple, turquoise and silver on my Christmas Tree, so I decided to wire them and use them. I like the result. I think it’s worked well. The candles at the sides will be lit for the Christmas services..

So I’m definately feeling more like Christmas now, especially as I’ve had another couple of mince pies.

Christmas flower arrangement

Sitting in the sun

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

I sat out in the garden today for the first time this year. I’d gone out to check on my beans and it was so warm that I sat down on the garden bench and enjoyed the warmth of the sun on my face. It was lovely and relaxing.

I could hear the birds twittering and the bees buzzing and there was a lovely fragrance of summer. There are lots of flowers out in the garden at the moment. Pink, purple, orange, blue, yellow…. but the yellow ones aren’t supposed to be there.

Buttercups have spread out from the border and are creeping across the lawn. They’re very pretty, but they’re not supposed to be there. I ought to do something about them, but they look nice. A flower is only a weed when it’s growing somewhere it isn’t wanted.

Enjoying the garden

Monday, April 20th, 2009

It’s a gorgeous day today. It’s warm, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. I’ve just hung out some washing on the line for the first time this year, rather than have it hanging on the airer over the bath.
I love watching washing fluttering in the breeze. It’s a very satisfying feeling. When it’s dried outside in the sun and the breeze it smells so good when it comes back in and perfumes the house with a lovely fresh summery fragrance. I wonder what it is that makes it smell like that?

While I was outside, I stopped to enjoy the sights and sounds and smells. The lawn has just been mowed for the first time this year, and as well as making the garden look neater, newly cut grass smells wonderful.

I could hear birds tweeting, someone hammering a few gardens down, and someone sawing. There are some lovely colours in the garden now – purple honesty flowers, usually grown for their silvery papery seed pods, but I love the flowers. A lovely lime green plant with little bell flowers (whose name I’ve forgotten!) and beautiful delicate green hellebore flowers. Aquilegias are in bud and it won’t be long before they open their intricate flowers that are also called Granny’s Bonnets. Rosemary is flowering with delicate little blue flowers along it’s spikes.

I was given some runner bean seeds by a friend last year and although it was my first venture in growing vegetables for a while, they grew well and it was lovely being able to go and pick some and cook them straight away. I just steam for a few minutes. I kept some of last years beans and they’re now planted in little pots. I need to perpare some ground ready for when they’re big enough to go out and grow up their bamboo poles.

Colour in the winter

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

One of the reasons that I became interested in photography, was so that I could capture the lovely colours and the beauty of summer flowers and be able to enjoy them in the depths of winter when everything was cold and grey and colourless.

Since that time my photography has expanded and I enjoy taking a variety of shots particularly pattern pictures, but flowers remain a favourite. The beauty of creation is something that amazes me. When I photograph a flower, especially if it has an insect on it, I get the chance to study them closely, which I find so interesting. I love all sorts of flowers, but roses are one of my favourites.

Here’s a photo that helps me to remember the lovely delicate pink petals and beautiful fragrance of an August rose, and to look forward to the time when I can photograph this year’s flowers. This photo is on my Flickr photostream.

Pink summer rose

Flower mosaic

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

I’ve has another go at making a mosaic from some of my photos. I wanted to practise to make sure I could remember how to do it. I would like to be able to use the mosaics to make some small photos for my card making, so I could perhaps have 4 3″ x 2″ images within a 6″ x 4″ photo that I can easily get printed. At the moment I’m using a photo editor to make the small photos, but it’s a very laborious, time consuming way of doing it. I’m hoping that the mosaic maker will make it easier and quicker so that I can print a lot of my photos for card making without having to spend hours on it.

Here is my latest mosaic. All the flower images can be seen bigger on my Flickr photostream. Click on Katie-Rose’s photostream on the right.

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!