Soon to be blue #2

Soon to be blue #2

This is another example of a photo that was all about the colour, working when converted to black and white. I fiddled about with pulling through some of the green; then some of the cream. But in the end, I felt that ‘simple’ worked best.

This will be the last photo from our garden for a wee while (I have a large backlog of other shots to process!)

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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Soon to be blue #1

Soon to be blue #1

This hydrangea is now a mass of vivid blue, mophead flowers. But a few weeks ago (when this shot was taken), the emerging blooms were a combination of green and cream. Like so many plants, the transformations are striking.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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How close?

How close?

I’m on a bit of a macro roll at the moment. So, if that’s not your ‘cup of tea’, there will be a bit more variety next week.

With this echinacea, I’ve chosen to post this image rather than the (even) closer versions. I think the inclusion of some of the petals and the washed out background helps to frame the cone in the centre of the flower.

If you’re interested in the super-close-up versions, check out Flickr.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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Black Beauty

Black Beauty

We bought this geranium (several years ago) for its dark foliage. It hasn’t been a huge success… until this year. Now, it has really come into its own.

The flowers are nice enough, but I love the way that the foliage and seedheads are reddish-black. It’s a bit of a show-off, but that’s a good thing in a garden (in moderation).

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland

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After the bud

After the bud…

… the flower!

I think this variety is called ‘Single Lilac’. The flowers don’t last for long, but they are delicate and beautiful. And, they are followed by a lovely seedhead.

I love the way that the sun is shining on the top of the seedhead. I love the fact that we have sun in Scotland!

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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