Sunday, June 7, 2009

Garden Portraits

It has been a sunless and gloomy weekend, but the nice thing about gloomy days is that they are the best days to photograph the garden. Harsh sunlight can be very unflattering to a flower (the same theory applies to me!).

My first peony opened yesterday - this one is called "Krinkled White":


Here are a few more of my clematis that have started to flower - first is "The President" which is planted right next to "Miss Bateman":


"Dr. Rupple"


"Claire de Lune"


"Gillian Blades"


"Teshio":


And a couple of long shots showing "Miss Bateman" and "The President" flowering together with lupines on the right:




Life is a garden - dig in and enjoy!


I've decided to add this post as my offering to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted graciously by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Please stop in to see the rest of the wonderful posts there!

23 comments:

  1. I love the long shots! I have a wee one for tomorrow..Look at your Clematis! Wow..I bet you are thrilled w/ your lupins too..
    Everything looks delicious..and it's not even food:)

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  2. I am really enjoying these garden posts! Your clematis are so beautiful and your are making me a convert though I don't have room for as many as you ;) Your lupines are gorgeous, I can't seem to grow those or foxglove...do you do anything special with your soils?

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  3. Thank you, Monique and Marsha!

    I don't have much luck with foxglove either and I had tried to grow lupines for years before finally finding a spot they like, which is on the east side of the house so they only get morning sun. I don't know if that's it or they like the added warmth from being near the concrete patio and also the house.

    It's funny, it was actually a squirrel who first discovered the spot for me! I had planted lupine seeds from a Gardenbuddy in a different location and a squirrel transferred some of the seeds to this spot. I was shocked to see lupines growing there the following season ;) Perhaps I should try foxglove there too!

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  4. Susan, great photos of beautiful flowers. I love the blue glass bird bath. Peonies finished blooming a couple of weeks ago in our area. Love "Krinkled White" ... quite a pretty one. And I never tire of seeing your gorgeous clematis.

    Interesting how the squirrel transferred some of your lupines. It's probably the first and last favor that you'll get from a squirrel. :)

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  5. Susan - I just love your clematis, especially the President and Miss Bateman together!
    The lupines are such a gorgeous accent. May have to try those..I'll have to ask my squirrels the best place for them !! lol

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  6. What a beautiful garden! Thank you so much for sharing. I also have "Mr. President" and "Claire de Lune" and they have been spectacular this spring.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden photos. I don't have much of a garden any more and miss it terribly. Don't miss all the work though.

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  8. Thanks so much Cynthia, Barb, Eileen and Cathy!

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  9. Even your squirrels are creative and talented :)

    Beautiful pictures, Susan! Great post!

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  10. Everything is beautiful Susan. I love seeing the "full picture". Your garden is such a pretty place. Love the fence. It makes an amazing clematis habitat. I have a white "unnamed" peony that looks a lot like Krinkled White.

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  11. Thank you Cynthia, Barb, Eileen, Cathy, Carol, and Suzy!

    It's a wonderful time of year!

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  12. Your gardens look gorgeous...Beautiful variety of flowers, Susan

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  13. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Susan! Oooh I love Dr Rupple! Look like a stargazer lily...which are one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  14. Oh what a beautiful garden you have. I like every flower you showed us. So pretty!! happy o.w.

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  15. Hello !
    First time I have visited your blog ...I love photography too..just upgraded my camera - as I had lots of the old film type and then went to point and shoot digital. Now getting back into the lenses, etc..it is so much fun....I will add my name to follow as I would love to see more of your photos !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  16. I love your names for your flowers!! I talk to mine so it certainly would make sence to name them!!

    Thanks for the walk in your beautiful garden...and yes i agree 100% best time to photograph, anything, is on cloudy days.

    TTFN~~Claudia

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  17. happy outdoor wednesday, thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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  18. Your garden is so beautiful and luv the clematis all around!
    -marie

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  19. You have such a beautiful garden and take such wonderful photographs of what is growing in it. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful day.

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  20. Everything is beautiful. Loving the shot of the gillian blades with its curled edges. Also like that some of your flowers are climbing through the gate. Nice!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

    Li

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  21. Susan, your hard work certainly pays off. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

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  22. Oh, your garden is so lush and wonderful. I wish I could stroll through it! You have the same green thumb with clematis my sister does. They just grow for her. Gorgeous photos!

    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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