Weather-wise it has been a mixed week with a couple of days of really warm sunshine and blue skies and the rest rather grey with a cold wind. On Monday I began pruning the wisteria on the pergola at the front of the house. I wish I’d taken a photograph immediately as the new structure against the blue sky was really making me smile a lot, against the grey sky today it looks far less impressive.
At the end of last week I was working on clearing some of the decaying growth of last year’s perennials, this is always enjoyable as I discover new self seeded plants and new growth already pushing through the soil. I certainly wouldn’t have seen the first couple of Iris reticulata ‘Purple Gem’ as they came into flower.
The intensity of colour of Harmony is incredible, the image above was taken today when it was very grey using a macro lens but with no treatment of any kind.
This Anemone also shows a wonderful intensity of colour.
When I arrive home or on my way out this Lonicera is near where the car is parked; this year I think it has more flowers than ever before and is a constant attraction to various bees even on a cold grey day like today.
I’m showing you this iris unguicularis again this week because this one was flowering in a new place in the new woodland walk so I think it must be a seedling from the patch a few feet away. That really makes me smile!
With sun back-lighting Miscanthus sin. ‘Morning Light’ I can’t help but be happy. I will need to cut all the grasses down very soon otherwise this year’s growth will have begun.
To finish, I wasn’t smiling all that much when I took the image below as it was bitterly cold and every time the cattle came closer a stray dog appeared on the scene and the cattle moved away. But I’m pleased with how the light is hitting the bare branches and the cattle. I need a much better telephoto lens if I’m to have any success with photographing the birds we had gone to see.
I was going to show you how my vase of Tulip Exotic Emperor are progressing but I think there are already too many images here. I’ll share those with you later in the week.