Amongst the flowers

I was bemoaning my inability to take a really good close up of some of the details in my sewing and some of the garden plants to my husband, when he said, “Why don’t you use the macro setting?” Of course, why not, I thought but until that moment was not aware that my camera had a macro facility, or indeed how to use it. Suffice it to say it has and following a quick perusal of the camera guide, I can take close ups. I’ve only had the camera 2 years! Whoops.
So the pictures that follow of some of the plants in flower in my garden are as a result of my newly learned technique.

An early flowering true geranium, not sure of the name any more, but the flowers are beautifully veined with purple.

Two of a range of self seeded aquilegias. This one is a lovely pale blue with a white throat. And the one below is a very reliable red and yellow. I think they are called Dragonfly hybrids.It would be appropriate.

Early honeysuckle, Loneicera belgica, fragrant and floriferous, growing by the patio.

And the rose Fantin Latour again. It’s smothered in buds this year but very, very early.
Below are two of my small collection of sisyrinchiums. The yellow one is Sisyrinchium striatum, which has no common name. It adores the hot places in my garden and spreads everywhere, but I still love its cheerful hardiness.

This blue one is Sisyrinchium bermudiana-Bermuda blue eyed grass. I have it in containers because it is quite small, but it will grow in the open ground. We used to see it growing in its native land on holidays to Bermuda in the 1970’s and 80’s.

And finally for today, one of the few slender irises the slugs didn’t eat, backed again by sweet rocket. Hmm, what a lot of pastel flowers. Time for another look at the poppies!


4 thoughts on “Amongst the flowers

  1. I’m thrilled with the pictures here and especially the sight of the geranium with its beautiful markings. I wasn’t familiar with the Sisyrinchium striatum but it looks beautiful and interesting as to how the flowers cluster.

  2. Thanks for your comments Elizabeth. The Sisyrinchium are lovely plants, about 15 inches tall and often with 6 or 7 flower spikes per plant. They seem to be in flower for several weeks too, so they really earn their place in a small garden, like mine.

  3. It’s like you have a new camera, isn’t it? šŸ˜‰
    I am loving your blog, written by a true lover of the garden. I even found a source of Sweet Rocket here in the US and am having a plant shipped to me. Can you imagine, having to buy it? I hope it will spread everywhere.
    Most of my spring perennials seem to be blue and white as well…the hot colors come with the hot weather.

  4. I’m thrilled you wanted to buy it, and if it does as well as mine, you’ll never need another! I found a good website at
    where there is a great deal of information about very old cultivated flowers, including this one. Ignore what it says there about needing light shade and moist soil. My grows anywhere! : )

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