It’s June! I think I feel a flowery post coming on. There may be many flowery posts, we will see what happens. At the moment the acquilegias are all blooming and despite the fact that I know that originally we only had red and black Barlow double acquilegias in the garden…
… we are getting all sorts of variations and random loveliness and in my fantasies one day we will have rainbow ones…
The one that stopped me in my tracks was the first photo on the post which I have been looking at because it has two different shaped flowers of different shades on the same stem. Maybe this is a common enough event, but every year new acquilegias come up and it is a never ending surprise to see what the criss-crossing of pollen produces.
Last autumn we pulled up the cardoons that have dominated the small fish shaped flower bed near where we sit.
The plants were seven years old and had rotted and split and were looking very straggly. Without them dominating the bed, which wasn’t very big, we get to see the poppies having fun, the big frilly red one and the orange one and a whole host of yellow and orange visitors, all set off by the black acqueligia which have always been hidden from view under the huge cardoons.
I love the surprise flowers and as Brian is not so good at remembering to buy flowers for (the house, well me actually) today he went out and took me photos instead. OK that’s not strictly true, I begged, some would say demanded, I have no shame. And I don’t know why he has that big camera if not for taking fuzzy background closeups of flowers for so I can decorate the blog with them. I am sure you agree?
Brian came back with a clutch of images, none of them showed that the two flowers (first photo) were on the same stem, so I sent him back again. He suggested I borrowed his camera but it is too heavy and I can’t use it. Excuses, excuses. But look here are all the flowers I got today, complete with fuzzy backgrounds. Nice eh? He brought me a rosebud too.
I am also trying out a batch resize programme to see if they will stay sharper on transit to the blog. I seem to lose sharpness by the time they get to you. What do you reckon? Or does anyone have any secret tips on making photos look good on the blog? I think these look sharper than usual, but I am going cross-eyed staring at them, so lets just publish and be damned.
PS Zeb is howling for his tea, I messed up the first time I resized so I had to chop them all out of the post and redo it, so if it is even more incoherent than usual, blame technology and my impatience. Life is short. xx
All photos copyright Brian Kent 2013 (aka Mr Zeb Bakes)