Gladioli

I know you have to be quick photographing birds and butterflies, but flowers? These gladioli seem to have come out late this year, but what superb delicate colours, a magnificent garden specimen!

gladioli

And the next day it rained stair rods, battering down the stems and knocking the life out of the petals. So much growing effort for just a day or two’s beautiful flowering!

Garden flowers

So many flowers appearing in the garden. Here’s a selection.

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One of the joys of spending a lot of time at home is to see them as they develop, day by day.

Featured image is a large-flowered clematis.

Allium coming out

Spring. What a great time to be spending a lot of time at home, when we are lucky enough to have a garden. The daily progression of some of the plants is quite remarkable. Here, individual allium flowers are just starting to come out, 6 petals and 6 stamens each; there was just a single one a couple of days ago. Just look how many individual flowers there are, burgeoning out. Soon it will be a huge ball of flower.

allium coming out

Snowdrops in the rain

A cold, miserable January afternoon, raindrops falling on the pond – not very promising for photographs. Then I spotted these snowdrops in our planter, with the pond surface in the background.

snowdrops

Not bad for a photograph taken through the window glass with my easily-to-hand point-and-shoot Panasonic TZ80.

Lesser Celandine

There’s a flower that shall be mine,
‘Tis the little Celandine.

William Wordsworth

The lesser celandine is now in flower in our garden, along with the dandelions, but well before the buttercups come out. What a beautiful flower!

celandine

In the UK these flowers are a traditional harbinger of spring, typically the first flowers to appear in woodland. According to Wikipedia, the leaves of this attractive plant are poisonous if ingested raw, and it is regarded as an invasive species in parts of the USA and Canada, as it can succeed to the detriment of native wildflowers.

Also known as Ficaria Verna, pilewort (haemorrhoid remedy), fig buttercup.