Clear skies and cool mornings, mist shrouding the landscape. Stillness and quiet. The equinox is almost here. As the days grow shorter, sometimes they give rise to spectacular Jovian-like sunsets. Hues of oxblood, pinks and orange. What’s not to like about Autumn?
I had high hopes this year of taking lots of lovely flower pictures over the Summer, but then England had the hottest Summer on record which decimated many flower gardens. Ironically, the hedgerows were in better shape than many of the planted gardens. These are a just a few pictures I took a few weeks after the heatwave ended.
Thankfully, many of the gardens have now recovered and the grass has turned from the colour of straw back to lush green. However, Autumn has set in and although the chance has passed to capture those lovely Summer flowers, it brings with it new opportunities.
Occasionally, I use Photoshop Elements to add layers to flower photographs to give them some atmosphere and a more artsy feel.
The bane of gardeners. But, it has a cute little face, don’t you think?
Lots of myths and superstitions surround white butterflies, many bringing good luck and others not. Native Americans thought they could induce hypnotic and pleasant dreams and some people believed they were angels watching over you.
Through photography, I discovered a passion for flowers, followed by gardening. It’s funny where these paths lead you in life. I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert by any means. I am still a learner when it comes to plant names.
I frequently upload pictures into Google images to see what a plant is called if I don’t know. However, sometimes even Google doesn’t come up with the right answer. So, if you think you know what this flower is, please let me know, because it looks nothing like the Google suggestion of a snowdrop.
I liked the delicate blue colour. The striped filaments and curly anthers were also really unusual.
There are more than 70 species of Papaver. Poppies mainly grow in the Northern hemisphere. One of my favourites was cultivated by Artist and gardener Sir Cedric Morris – Papaver Rhoeas – Cedric Morris. He was a keen poppy hunter and scoured the Suffolk countryside for variations in the common field poppy. He bred a range with a smoky-grey sheen to the petals, but the Ladybird Poppy (Papaver Commutatum) comes a close second.
Foxgloves are biennial plants, so if you want to grow them, you need to plant them for two years in a row.
No-one is entirely sure how the plant got its name. One suggestion is due to its Scientific name, Digitalis. The flower looks like a thimble and can be fitted over a finger (Latin name – Digitus). Then there is a fairytale about a fox, who placed the flowers over his paws like gloves, in order to sneak up on its prey. The Anglo-Saxon name for foxglove is ‘glofa’ (the glove of a fox).
Digitoxin and digoxin from foxgloves, are used in the manufacture of the medicine digitalis, which is used to treat congestive heart failure, among other things.