Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Tomatoes from my garden

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Tomatoes from my garden

I love growing things in the garden. It’s wonderful to step out of the kitchen, walk across the lawn and pick something fresh to eat.

The runner beans have got lots of flowers on them and some little beans are starting to form. I’m looking forward to being able to pick them.

I was given a nice healthy pot of tomatoes and have enjoyed watching them grow. Yesterday I decided that the first few were ready to pick. I cooked a meal, and then when it was ready, I went out to harvest the tomatoes, fresh and warm straight from the plant. They were delicious!

A good year for Foxgloves

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Foxglove
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.

A butterfly on my marigolds

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

A friend gave me some lovely bright yellow marigolds to plant in the garden. They look really good especially next to the red and yellow Red Hot Pokers, but an extra bonus is the lovely butterflies they attract.

I try to remember to take my camera with me when I go out into the garden, because if I see a bee or a butterfly and run back in to get it, guess what! When I get back outside they’ve gone! I find butterflies quite difficult to take, as they flit around so much. If they do sit still for a few seconds, it’s often with their wings closed so that I can’t see their beautiful patterning.

So I was really pleased to find this one sitting still with it’s wings open when I had my camera with me! It’s a Small Tortoiseshell and now I know that they like marigolds, I’ll plant them again.

Grape Hyacinth

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Grape Hyacinth

Another lovely Spring flower. I don’t know what it is about Grape Hyacinths, but for me there’s something special about them. I love their shape and colour and the way they’re made up of tiny little flowers. I suppose that’s where their name comes from, as they do look a bit like a bunch of grapes.

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!

Growing sunflowers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Sunflower in my garden

I love sunflowers. They’re so tall and stately with happy faces, and each one is different as if they have their own personalities. I love taking photos of them. Last year, I took photos where I could find them, so this year I decided to grow some of my own.

It fascinates and amazes me as I watch a stalk and leaves grow out of a small seed. I grew them in pots at first and then planted them out next to the fence to give them some protection from the wind as they grew tall.

I don’t know whether I planted them late, but they were only a couple of feet tall when other people’s were in flower. Gradually they got taller, and eventually they were much taller than me, but by the time September arrived, they still hadn’t flowered.

I was wondering if it was getting too late and I’d have to give up on them, but at last they formed flowers, and day by day they gradually opened up. So now I have some lovely big yellow sunflowers in my garden and I can take photos of them whenever I want to.

Home grown salad

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Home grown salad

Last year, I grew some runner beans. I enjoyed watching them grow, and I loved being able to walk down to the bottom of the garden, pick them, cook them and eat them straight away with all their freshness and flavour intact.

This year, I decided I’d expand my vegetable garden. I’m growing runner beans again, but I’m also trying courgettes, beetroot, lettuce, parsley and coriander. I already had mint and sage.

This salad is made from a couple of beetroot leaves and a few lettuce leaves cut from the growing lettuce. I’ve added some chunks of cheese, some sunflower seeds, and half an orange pepper.

It was lovely – fresh and tasty, and it was so nice that I had prepared it from leaves I had just picked in the garden.

I think I’m going to enjoy growing vegetables!

Poppies in my garden

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Mauve poppy

I’m really enjoying the beautiful poppies that are around at the moment. This one’s in my garden. I’ve had these lovely pink and mauve poppies around for several years, and every year when they’ve gone over, I spread the seeds around the garden and hope that some of them will come up somewhere! Thankfully, they do!

I go out first thing in the morning when a new poppy is out, and I can get photos of it looking clean and beautiful like this one. A little later in the morning, it will have pollen all over it looking as though someone has tipped some sand into it!

I’ve been watching bees visit them and I’m fascinated to see what they do! They get right down into the bottom of the flower, lying on their side and they work their way round underneath the frondy bits – is that the stamen? They seem to hold on to a bunch of them with their legs while they wipe their mouth up and down them, presumably collecting pollen. At least I think that’s what they do. It’s all so fast. I must try and take a video of it.

I’m still enjoying my little photoshoots every day after work when I stop at a bit wasteland on the way home, but it’s lovely to have poppies in my garden where I can see them from the kitchen window and pop out any time I want to have a look or take photos.

Thunderstorm

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

We’ve had some lovely hot, sunny weather lately and I’d been enjoying being in the garden, sitting on the bench reading my book or eating my lunch and catching up with the gardening. I wanted to clear one of the overgrown flowerbeds and make it into a vegetable plot.

Today I was planning to carry on with the clearing. I was just checking my emails before going outside, when I heard thunder. I looked up to see rain pouring down like stair rods! My washing! I’d washed lots of tops and T shirts and had laid them outside to dry flat in the sun. Now rain was hammering down onto them. I opened the back door thinking I’d run out and rescue them, but when I saw the rain I knew that I would have been soaked to the skin before I’d even got to them, so I stayed inside and watched with dismay as they got soaked instead!

This is a photo of my paved garden path which turned into a pond with more than an inch of water on it!

It’s stopped raining now and the sun has come out again, and my T shirts will have to start drying all over again. I’m sure we needed some rain, and we certainly got a lot of it, even though it didn’t last for long! My garden will have benefitted from it, won’t it?

Shooting daffodils

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’ve been enjoying taking photos of the Spring flowers as they appear. Snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores. But not daffodils. I don’t enjoy photographing them! They’re very deceptive. They look so pretty dancing about in the breeze in their ballet skirts, but when I point a camera at them, they metamorphose into weird monsters! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get a decent daffodil shot!

I keep trying. I’ve got quite a few in my garden, and there are a lot in the grass verge in my village. But it’s no good. Every time I come home hopeful that this time I will have captured the beauty and happiness of a bright yellow trumpet surrounded by a cream or yellow skirt, I’m disappointed and have to delete them all!

When I was pointing my camera at some daffodils in a local garden I was visiting, I saw a big bee dive deep into a trumpet. He must have been very busy collecting pollen, because he stayed long enough for me to get a shot of him with his head deep inside the flower and his bottom sticking out!

So here it is, my daffodil shot for 2010!!

Looking for pollen