A walk around the local countryside and a garden.
Here are a few shots of the Big Sky Meadow at RHS Hyde Hall. It is a 46 acre project to convert land to a perennial meadow and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks pretty amazing.
The plants are those common to the Eurasian steppes, North American prairies and African grasslands. The UK has lost 97% of its meadows. To read more about this project, please visit
Blue Eryngium planum and yellow Galium verum.
When dried, the yellow flowers smell of freshly mown hay. These were once used to stuff straw mattresses. A yellow dye was also made from these flowers.
Grasses swaying in the wind. The weather was not favourable for photography – a light wind and drizzle.
Queen Anne’s lace, a member of the carrot family. Legend has it that Queen Anne of England (1655 – 1714), pricked her finger and a drop of blood landed on the white lace she was sewing.
Berkehya purpurea from South Africa is a drought tolerant plant, suited to areas with poor soils.
Red clover – in herbal medicine, this was used to treat skin disorders.
Exotic plants and flowers captured in early May.
A few weeks ago, I visited these lovely gardens. One side is predominantly woodland, the other side is more formal gardens.
In the woodland were bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons and red campions.
Young leaves growing on an Acer tree.
A close-up of a bluebell.
A close-up of a Rhododendron flower.
Young Acer leaves with sunshine behind them.
A Bluebell close-up.
Close-up of small white and pink flowers.
The Water Garden.
Recently I took several photos on bright, sunny days and was attracted by the more colourful contrasts, because I knew the pale, delicate colours would be washed out. Occasionally, I also like to sketch and paint and I recently bought a colour wheel. This got me thinking about the use of complementary colours in photography and their effectiveness. When opposite colours of the colour wheel are placed next to each other, they can produce an eye-popping picture.
A seven spot ladybird on a bluebell in macro.
An orange poppy against long, green grass.
Red poppy anemones blowing in the wind, with a hint of green in the background.
Not much else to say really, blossom is so beautiful. But it it believed that the first flower, which existed 140 million years ago, resembled a Magnolia and that these flowers existed before bees.