How does your garden grow?

August 31, 2013

PODcast IMG_5244Discovering the Red Hot Poker stems and seed pods covered in snails with stripey shells was an incredible sight the other day. They were everywhere! One had a brown shell so shiny it almost looked like a conker! It was pouring with rain but a great opportunity to test out the macro.

The Sunflowers in the garden are looking rather lovely this week. I hope they flower soon, it will be great to see them bloom given POD planted the seeds.Β The bed they’re in is now desperate for a weed but we haven’t quite found the energy yet. Grasshoppers adore it and I even spotted a ladybird in the shade whilst trying to photograph one of our jumping friends.

PODcast IMG_5790The Fuchsia is continuing to do well although many other flowers are dying off now. If you look around you can definitely see the change in the garden.

I can’t wait to kick the autumn leaves in the nearby forest though. POD fell over in the leaves for the first time last year and bounced. Then giggled. It was a superb moment.

The empty bed adjacent to the new patio has been filled with blue and pink Hydrangea, a Hosta and some little red, white and pink Cyclamen.

PODcast IMG_5649 editI fell in love with the beautiful yellow Canna when I saw it. I don’t know how long it will look like this for but it’s a great sight at the moment.

It’s wonderful to see the area that was previous decked look so welcoming.

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  • Notmyyearoff August 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I am starting to imagine you as a bit of a David Attenborough always crouching amongst all your plants and spying on all the insect population πŸ™‚ it sounds like your garden is growing beautifully!

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Ha ha I have a new macro lens so I’m practicing on insects. Probably not ideal given they move LOL! The garden is doing much better thank you, does need some serious weeding in parts though πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen August 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    That is a wonderful shot of the snail. You photos really make me want to invest in a macro lens once I get my camera back from the shop.

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you Kathleen, that’s so kind of you. I’ve not mastered the macro in the sunshine, faired better in the rain! It’s definitely worth having a tinker when you get your camera back πŸ™‚

  • Claire toplis August 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Beautiful flowers

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you Claire πŸ™‚

  • anna August 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    so beautiful

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks Anna πŸ™‚

  • Mummy of Two August 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Gorgeous pictures – what a lovely bright garden

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you very much. The garden is looking bright in a couple of places at least!

  • Gemma Garner August 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Your macro photos are great, especially the one of the snail! When I see photos like this, it feels like there is a secret world underneath us, but we just don’t see it until we stop and take a really good look πŸ™‚

    • Charly Dove August 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you Gemma, I was so proud of the last snail especially. I’m fascinated by getting the detail! The macro is so different to my other lenses, it’s going to take a while to get used to it I think πŸ™‚

  • Dragonsfypoppy September 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The Canna is stunning isn’t it? Your pictures are so lovely Charly – loving the Macro! It’s so lovely for the kids to see the whole journey of the flowers from seed to petals – and sunflowers are so very very rewarding. I hope POD is proud of herself x

    • Charly Dove September 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      You’re so kind thank you. I love the Canna. It’s in a pot now. Didn’t look right for it to share a bed. Here’s to the Sunflower flowering before it gets too tall!

  • Mammasaurus September 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Your macro skillz are smashing missus! Love the little snails – looking ta these shots makes me feel like I’ve been shrunk and am actually in the grass looking around – awesome!

    So regretting not planting sunflowers now x

    • Charly Dove September 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks lovely, you’re too kind! I’ve got a lot to learn with the macro lens, not doing so well when it’s really sunny. Should probably read the book! The snail photos are great though, it’s a weird sensation being so close-up πŸ™‚

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