Sunday, 16 September 2007

Garden Bloom Day September 2007

Yesterday was Bloom Day. Thanks to Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, garden bloggers throughout the world post on what is currently in flower in their gardens. It is a great way to see real gardens by simply browsing the comments list on Carols post. So let me introduce the stars of my September garden!

Photos above from top: Japanese Anemone, Shasta Daisy, Calendula, Verbena Bonariensis and Impatiens.

The Japanese Anemone is my favourite flower at the moment. My garden is mostly foliage with many shades of green and textures so the contrast of intensity in flower colour shown above works well dotted around in small drifts.


Photos above from top: Sea Holly, Nepata, Aster and Penstemon ‘etna’ are all found in my front garden with ornamental grasses and silver leaved Euphorbia.

The main cast, shown above, would be nothing without the plants hiding in the background on the ground, climbing over trellis or lurking in the shadows. To see the supporting cast of my September garden click here .

The photos above were taken in my garden on September 15th 2007.

10 comments:

Carol said...

I love the anemone, too. It just seems so pure. Thanks for sharing all your flowers with us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Shirl, great creative pictures! I love the pure whites of the daisy and anemone. My daisies usually look dingy and have bugs on them.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

We have quite a lot of blooms in common Shirl, not all that surprising of course as we are practically neighbours. ;-)

Lovely pics of lovely blooms!

shirl said...

Hi again Carol, Robin and Yolanda :-)

Carol – Yes, the anemone does look so pure. Thanks, foliage plants are really my thing but especially for GBBD I decided to study the shapes and colours of individual flowers :-)

Robin – Thank-you! I took many photos before deciding which one to use. I spotted the sunshine coming and going over one clump of anemones - the shadows were quite a bonus when I downloaded it to the PC! They were early morning shots and my fingers were very cold when I finished. Let me assure you I had plenty dingy blooms in my garden and across my link at the end of this post, to shirls plantphotos, you will see a different collection of flowers :-)

Yolanda – Yes, I’ve noticed that too. However I’m certain you must have at least ten times the plant species that I have. I am guessing you have lots of borders that get sunshine – when we get it! Thanks – I thought I’d pay the flowers as much attention with my camera as I do my visiting garden birds for a change :-)

Kris at Blithewold said...

Shirl - gorgeous! I could just eat up the orange of the calendula! And I loved seeing the faded beauties and seed heads in your link. Don't know why but done daisies remind me of my old Raggedy Anne doll...

shirl said...

Hi there, Kris :-)

Thanks! I went out with my camera just after 8am to get these pictures as I wanted to get the intensity of colour without the sunshine. The centre of the calendula reminded me of the skin of a jaffa orange! I am not a photographer so it took me some time experimenting with settings on my camera to get the colours true – my hands were freezing! Orange is new to my garden this year and I was very fussy about the shade – I have been delighted with this compact plant and will collect seeds if I can :-)

I just love the faded beauties in the garden especially with frosts and spiders webs crawl over them! I have always taken pics of decaying plants – ferns are my favourite there. I will probably use my plantphotos blog to show them but all posts there will be linked from my main blog.

Ah… the done daisies I completely see what you mean. I think it’s the faded fabric and unkempt straggly hair look– funnily enough I was drawn to that particuar flower over all the others :-)

Marie said...

! love your flowerphotos :o)

shirl said...

Hi again, Marie :-)

Thank-you! I am trying to get the hang of my camera. The deep pink impatians have lost their glory now after a couple of cold nights!

Layanee said...

Shirl: Back from business trip and catching up! Love this post and the eryngium photo is such a textural composition! Love them all!

shirl said...

Hi there, Layanee

Welcome back! Thank-you - I love playing around with composing the pics :-)

BTW did you see the others on the link to my plantphoto blog which I use when I have lots more photos?