Monochrome Madness Collection

I don’t always manage to send something off for Monochrome Madness every week these day but here are the last eleven photographs I sent for the last few months of Year 3.

These are the actual photographs I sent so they are will all display a little larger if you click on them.Tram rideThe above was taken while riding a tram down to Seaton in Devon.

The next is a view of Chichester Cathedral Chichester Cathedral and this a blue clematis in my garden taken last September.ClematisI think the one below was a theme week, with the theme of ‘Reflection’.Reflection They have recently expanded the West Quay shopping and general leisure area of Southampton and I was rather taken with the shape of the buildings, so the next two are both from there.Building West QuayI thought this goose we saw while waiting for a bus back to Weymouth last summer made a good photograph.goose This was a rather splendid engraved monument in London and I thought catching the reflection of the bridge in the background added to the effect.EngravingThis was taken the same evening and is looking across the river at the Shard.The Shard More from London. This was a detail off the plinth of a statue of Arthur Sullivan in a park near the north end of Waterloo Bridge.

Another theme. This time ‘Culture’.'Culture'There were lots of these City of London dragons around the place and I thought they were rather splendid, so I had to take some photographs.Dragon But it was quite hard to find an angle where the background wasn’t too distracting.

Hope you enjoyed these photographs.

Monochrome Madness now enters it’s fourth year!

One a week Photo Challenge – Nature

Ah! how to encapsulate nature in one photograph?

View of fields and mountain
If you click on the photo you can see a bigger version which shows the beauty even more clearly

Of course one cannot, but instead of giving you a collection of photographs that show different aspects of nature, I will share just this one photograph that seemed to me at the time to encapsulate the true beauty of nature as found in Britain. In this case in Wales, near Tywyn.

I took it when I was on my second holiday in the area when out on a walk.

One a week Photo Challenge – Arch

This is the photograph I have chosen for this week’s challenge. View through old arch at DurnsteinIt was taken when my daughter and I were on the Danube cruise at Durnstein. It is one I have not shared with you before.

I had so many other arch photographs to chose from though that I have used before.

There was this Another arch at Durnsteinanother one taken at Durnstein.

This one from EsztergomArched walkway at Esztergomthat is quite a collection of arches.

And a lovely flowered arch from MottisfontRose arch at Mottisfonttaken when I visited the rose garden one June.

 

 

Quick garden post!

I couldn’t resist giving you a quick update on changes in the garden.

The wallflowers that I planted to keep the cats off the place where I am going to plant a daphne have come into flower and make a colourful show!            WallflowersThe pansies that equally were planted to keep a spot for some lavender are flowering again though I can see the slugs are having a field day! Pansies and forget-me-notsThe forget-me-nots that I love are flourishing.

The apple tree not only is coming into leaf but has blossom. apple blossomI know I must not let the tree produce apples this year but I will enjoy the blossom.

And finally: the clematis that I showed you in an earlier post (taken last September)clematis last Septemberalready has lots of new buds. clematis buds

One a week Photo Challenge – Pond

Always one to be pedantic. I looked up the definition of pond to see how it differed from that of a lake.

Google gave me this for pond:- “a small body of still water formed naturally or by artificial means.”

THIS gives a detailed explanation of the difference but basically it appears to be about depth rather than size.

So in order to be on the safe side I chose this picture that I took recently in London. Ornamental pondThis ornamental pond is in Victoria Embankment Gardens, the part next to Savoy Place, near the north end of Waterloo Bridge.

I also took a picture of this little chap that you can’t see in the above photograph because he is hidden by the tree fern. Ornamental figure in pond

Another peak at my garden

I was pleased to find that the primroses at the front of the middle flower bed are now all in flower. PrimrosesHere’s a closer look.   Primroses close upThe same person who gave me the primroses, when she was clearing an area of her garden, also gave me some violets.

They seem to have survived less well. (They were all enmeshed in the primroses when I got them!)

But I was pleased to find that at least one had produced some flowers. VioletsIn the herb bed some of the scilla siberica that were part of my earlier planting seem to have survived the upheaval.Scilla SibericaAnd the taller daffodils are now in flower. DaffodilsBut I am not entirely happy with these as they were sold to me as ‘February Gold’ which I love because of the swept back outer ring of petals that these seem to lack.

As you can see here in a photograph I took of the ones in a pot in the front. February Gold daffodilsAnd my latest addition: some golden sage Golden sageto replace the broad-leaved sage that was getting a bit old and was out of proportion in my tiny garden. Not that my younger daughter considers it a garden to her it is little more than a ‘patio’ and there is some merit in her opinion I suppose.

One a week Photo Challenge – Spiral

Finding it hard to find time to join in with this years Photo Challenge but here are a couple of photographs on the subject of ‘spiral’.

Not the best photograph maybe but then we were in process of going down the stairs and not meant to be stopping! The better spiral one though.Spiral staircase looking downThere was a mirror in the centre at the bottom.

This is the one I shared as part of my Danube trip. Spiral staircase looking upSame staircase looking up rather than down. Perhaps you can see how that creates the reflection in the previous photograph.

I myself am rather partial to multiple spirals. Like this bedcover my mother made for me. Crochet lace bedcoverAnd the cloth I made for my dining table. Snowflake cloth

Garden update

The weather has been fairly wet lately but last Thursday it was bright and sunny and going out into the garden I realised that just everything was springing into life. So I went out and did some necessary pruning and took a few photographs.

Last Autumn I planted a clematis on the right hand side of the garden. It is called Diana’s Delight and as with all the clematis I planted, shouldn’t get much bigger than a couple of metres.0553-clematisI have just pruned it as they say you should and hope to get an even better showing this year.

Before Christmas I planted an apple tree. I bought it mail order as I couldn’t find what I wanted at the local garden centre and it had more branches than I expected but it looks good and sturdy. It is a self-fertile Cox on M27 rooting stock. The same as I had before.

I took this photograph in February after I had pruned it. 0553-apple-treeAnother photograph I took in February was of the Lenten rose I had just planted. 0553-helleboresYou can also see the two Christmas roses I had planted before Christmas that were now dying off.

These are on the left side of the garden in the shady bed. 0553-shady-bedYou can see that the Lenten rose now has more flowers.

At the far end are a couple of clematis I planted before Christmas. I have put eggshells round (as I do) to discourage slugs from having a nibble! One of these should be grapefruit scented. I wait in hope! The bare patch next to them is where I should have lily of the valley later.

In the forefront are snowdrops and pulmonaria. 0553-snowdrops-and-pulmonariaWhen I lowered the height of the bed I replanted all the snowdrop bulbs I found and replanted any pulmonaria seedlings I found around the garden. (They do seem to seed themselves, even at quite a distance away!)

However with using up the earth I removed from the bed elsewhere, I see that I have a couple of snowdrops show up under the apple tree. 0553-snow-drop-under-apple-treeThe right hand, sunny, side of the garden is beautifully colourful now. 0553-sunny-bedsHere is a closer look at the herb bed. 0553-herb-bedYou can see the rosemary and thyme in the middle and now I have crocus and daffodils. The touch of red on the left is the remains of some winter pansies I put in to avoid having a bare patch where some lavender will be planted.

The best looking crocus are in the other small island bed though. 0553-crocusThere are lots of other things as well.

This is a photo I took when the sun was really bright. 0553-small-bedOn the right you can see the garlic and one of the three Christophe alliums that I am very fond of. 0553-garlic-and-aliumGarlic is about my only culinary crop because it is so easy. Mind you I just take a few cloves out of the fridge and they don’t grow very big.

In the foreground above you can see my patio rose: Dream Lover. It should be bee friendly and scented!0553-patio-roseThe spikes and the slate are to discourage cats from doing you know what!

The middle bed at the back is the least interesting to look at, at this time of year but this is the sedum that I reduced and replanted. 0553-transplanted-sedumI also replanted the primroses that someone gave me last autumn. 0553-primrosesMaybe I should have put them in the other way round. The flowers don’t want to look at me!

And underneath the fuchsia I found that there was still one of the Springtime cyclamen I planted a few years ago. 0553-spring-cyclamen

I hope you enjoyed a little Springtime peak at my garden. I must go out soon and buy the lavender and a daphne I want, as they become available.