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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Get down on your knees!

Melianthus major

Over at Gardening Gone Wild they have been encouraging us to get down on our knees and take photo's of our gardens. So that is what I have done. Stilton and I went for our usual stroll around Tumbledown Farm this week and I got very muddy knees! I'm not sure I can pick a favourite shot; If I have to choose a plant related one then I suppose it is the one of a the honey bush leaves (Melianthus major) above although, I love the shot of my blue eyed boy in the old hay store the best.


Agastache 'Painted Lady'


Salvia muelleri


Salvia macrophylla


Salvia patens 'Guanajuato'


Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'


Ipomea 'Sweet Heart Purple'


Hover fly on Verbena bonariensis.

Dahlia 'Aloha'

Elderberry berries


Ladybird


Arucaria arucana


Raoulia australis

Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'

Sempervivum 'Jacquette'

Sedum sexangulare, Sempervivum 'Jungle Fires' and Sedum 'Lemon Ball'


My blue eyed boy in the old hay store.

19 comments:

Jean said...

Wow, I love all your shots! I agree the Melianthus is a good one. But also agree your kitty shot is great too.

Town Mouse said...

Amazing! I do love the first photo the best, but just look at that Elderberry! What fun.

susie said...

Beautiful shots....I do love the photo of the Melianthus major the best....I love the play of light on the leaves....a sure winner in my book! Thanks for visiting my site!

frugilegus said...

They're all lovely pictures, but the first is stunning. Tumbledown Farm appears as beautiful as its name.

Ditto said...

Great stuff! I especially like the color. I always had trouble getting blues to look right with that camera/lens, but everything looks great. You have a way with light.

patientgardener said...

I do like these photos especially the one of lichen

Frances said...

What a delight! Your blog is fantastic and the shots amazing. Love your blue eyed boy too. The Melianthus is a great image, good luck with it! :-)
Frances

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

You have taken some lovely shots, although my favorite is the Melianthus major, the play of the light and shade on the greens is so delicate.
K

Msrobin said...

Awww, your blue-eyed boy is indeed a beauty! But the shot you chose to enter is the best choice. Such interesting foliage! Good luck.

Pam/Digging said...

Fantastic image of the Melianthus!

Caroline said...

Beautiful photos! I love them all (especially that last one) but I think the first is an excellent choice for the contest. Light, color, texture, depth of field, detail - it's all there. Great shot - good luck!

Pomona Belvedere said...

The Melianthus photo is magnificent, I'm glad I submitted my much more prosaic one before seeing this. The personality of your cats comes across well, too, but since it's a garden photo contest...unless of course you raise cats in your garden?

Martyn Cox said...

As much as I like the pic of puss, the shot of the melianthus is excellent. Do you think the foliage smells of peanut butter, or is it just me that thinks that?

Ellen Zachos said...

You've really captured the leaf margin detail on the Melianthus...excellent shot. Although it's impossible to resist a handsome cat in the garden.

Rothschild Orchid said...

You know I've never noticed that they smell of peanut butter before. I'm working in Oxford for the rest of the week but will make it a priority to give them a good sniff at the weekend!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments about the photo's and the blog. I'm really thrilled that you've enjoyed them.

Teresa said...

Great Photo! Good Luck.

steiderstudios said...

Love the line & composition of your leaf photo! I'm going to have to find this plant!!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Well I've just remembered to go out and give the Melianthus leaves a good rub and boy what a smell. They really have a wonderful peanuty aroma, thanks for pointing that out Martyn, I like this plant even more now!

GardenJunkie said...

The Melianthus shot is gorgeous, but I like the Sempervivum Jacquette too - all those little white hairs. Thanks for visiting my site and good luck with your beautiful photo!