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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Garden art ......... and architecture

I felt a sudden compulsion to get all arty, so I took this photograph of the inside of a Nasturtium flower. The colours and pattern are amazing! It wasn't easy to get this because it's blowing a gale outside and the petals were waving around. I had to quickly click in between gusts of wind.

This is a lovely little silvery-green Sedum (sorry, not sure of its name) alongside Houseleeks that are growing in an old metal watering-can. The can is under a Rowan Tree and that's how the berry came to be there.

I think this is the first time I've taken a photograph of an insect and it didn't fly off! Okay, I know it's not a great close-up, but it shows how pretty the Sweet Pea 'Cupani' is.

I just had to show you this, although it's difficult to see from the photograph just how small this little nest is. I found it in the potting-shed while tidying up. Don't worry, it's not being used or I wouldn't have moved it. It's 4 1/2 inches wide and the shallow hollow in the centre is only 2 inches wide! It was on the floor in the corner, behind some plant pots. I'm not sure which bird built this..... anyone any ideas?


  1. First thing to say Lesley, aren't your photographs coming on?! Big zooms!!
    Thankfully to, next month will allow all those mad hedge-cutters to get stuck in!
    Also, is it me, or is winter arriving early?!

  2. Hi Gf. My little Olympus does me proud. :D Lol yes, all the mad hedge-cutters will soon be hibernating for a while....yipppeeee!

    We seem to have gone into the cold weather all of a sudden and I think because our Summer started so early this year (early May), it seems long gone! :O) I hope Autumn hasn't gone a.w.o.l.

  3. Hi Lesley...isn't it always the way that as soon as the camera comes out to photo flowers the wind gets up... it drives me mad especially when I've made a special journey to photo wild flowers:)))

  4. Great photos Lesley dear, the flowers look so lovely.
    Every time I try to take a close up the wind seems to blow the petals about.
    I love nasturtiums, I am hoping to plant some soon which have pale yellow and yellow flowers, I was thinking of putting them in a hanging basket.
    xoxoxo ♡

  5. Hi Helen. I wonder what professional photographers do..... set up mini-scaffolding round the plant? :O)

  6. Hi Dianne. Nasturtiums are great for hanging baskets and you can get the trailing varieties too. One of our neighbours has them in two baskets and it's a wonderful display. I know the pale yellow ones you mention. The great thing about Nasturtiums is there are so many variations to choose...... and they're easy to grow. :)

  7. Lesley,
    I started putting this comment on 2 days ago but got stopped half way through but............i thought that i had actually finished it and posted. Horrified to see that i did not, old age!
    Anyway, your first image transported me back to the psychedelic 60's, your wild child era. Close ups on flowers can be very interesting. Always loads of beautiful colours and it doesn't matter if the plants are moving in the wind. It can give a nice effect. The nest may have been built by a Wren. The males built up to six for the female to choose from, fussy woman!, but it could have belonged to a couple of other species. I feel like i've been here before. I did all this the other day.

  8. Old age John.... judging by your photo, your looking good on it. Hee hee. :D

    My first photo reminds me of something that could be worn at the Notting Hill Carnival! :O)

  9. Lesley,
    Talking of photos. Did you know you had something growing out of your head?