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2011 Photo Round Up
My 2011 knitting summary will come later. In the meantime, here are twelve photos from 2011:
Last year I took part, for the first half of the year, in 25of2011, the idea being to take a themed photo each week. One of the first photos I took was titled “This is Me!” for which I stretched the theme a little and also allows you to see a bit of the snowy garden.
Murphy makes his first appearance of the year hiding away from the snow and cold. Will it be his last appearance?
After an exceedingly snowy winter, I was glad when spring flowers appeared at the end of March.
April bought more Spring flowers, including cherry tree blossom at Longwood Gardens
May is the beginning of fiber festival season with Maryland Sheep and Wool. As a keen and eager spinner, I am more than ever interested in the animals whose product I love so much.
I travelled a lot in June. First to England and then to Wilmington VT. I loved the Green Mountain State. Visiting and falling in love with VT, made really devastating when the flooding happened after Hurricane Irene.
I have a large collection of Daylilies in my garden. This was there month. Not sure if they usually flower in July. 2011 was a strange year for gardening.
I went home to England again to help Dad pack. He has moved nearer, like right next door, to my brother. This was the last time I’ll visit my childhood home. I took lots of pictures and in some I almost expect Mum to appear around the corner. This was one of her favorite spots, looking at the garden while washing up:
I started a new job and one weekend explored Nockamixon State Park. It has lots of water:
Well, there had to be one fiber related photograph. It seems that I only took photos of spinning in October.
And here is Murphy again:
Spending some time with family in England. My Dad and brother now live in St Albans so I had an afternoon of photography of St Albans Cathedral:
Week 17: Architecture
This week’s theme was architecture and I just never found time to go and visit appropriate buildings. So I gave up and took a photo of a landscape design. This was drawn for my garden in 2000 just after I moved in to my current house. I was lucky that I had ~20 designs drawn by the landscape design students. This was one of the best.
I didn’t really follow any of the designs as I was able to move things like the AC to the back of the house and put a deck in from the kitchen. Seeing the designs was very helpful though. It would be quite useful to have followed a design as at the moment everything is growing so fast that I cannot tell what is lawn and what is flowerbed.
The thought of clearing everything up is quite daunting. When it finally stops raining I will have to divide the garden into square feet and clear one foot at a time. Otherwise it is a bit deer-in-the headlights and nothing will get done.
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I was having a hard time deciding how to do my diptych for the week’s photographic challenge. Last year I went over the top and then I got discouraged about taking photos every week as it took so much time in Photoshop. This year, I didn’t collaborate and I did a very simple theme. I used PowerPoint rather than Photoshop.
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Week 7/52: Love
Love and Valentine’s Day for me are always hard to represent especially in a photo. I am not really into hearts and romance at the moment. So I tried to compose a picture of some of the things that I love: photo of Mum because I miss her and the rest of the family; fiber and spindle to show my love of fiber arts; flowers indicating my gardening. Not shown chocolate [oooh an idea for this theme next year just comes to mind], books, music, and Murphy:
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I do exist!
Or at least flowers still bloom in my garden:
I bought lots of ‘mums to cheer up the garden. The garden now has lots of color.
The rain-barrel was newly installed with new gutters in August. I now have three rain-barrels. However, until last week, we had hardly any rain to speak of, so they weren’t very functional. After Thursday’s rain, this one in the front, fell over and squashed the new gutter. Full rain-barrels are heavy. Sigh. The ground below the breeze-blocks obviously wasn’t as level as I had thought, despite what the spirit level said.
They are claiming 80 oF for today! And the tulips have yet to flower. They may come on pretty fast now.
In the meantime, in a blaze of color, I have forsythia:
And my neighbors have a magnolia tree:
And I got a cold frame from my Mum and Dad, thanks guys.
It fits neatly onto my deck and I am using it already.
Flower (and Food) Friday: Allium
I like allium flowers, and next year I am going to buy some with the big purple globes and plant them all over the garden.
The flower above is one of three that I believe come from garlic that was planted my first summer in the house. As the only available garden at that time was under the tree in the front garden, I planted everything there depite the ground being full of roots and very hard. Eight years later and I have interesting flowers from some of the unharvested garlic. There is no point trying to move them as I have plenty of garlic for eating in my raised bed garden in the back.
Egyptian Walking Onions
These Egyptian Walking Onions make me laugh. I’m not sure what makes them Egyptian, but they use these stems to “walk” around the garden and reseed themselves. I will probably leave a set or two to see where they want to go.
They taste pretty good too. I haven’t tried eating the bulblets yet, perhaps tomorrow with mushrooms.
Saturday was one of those grey days when the sun never came out. I decided to find some color in the garden instead. Grey days are good for photography because there are no shadows. Enjoy.
The red azalea is in the shade so it is just starting to flower. The white azalea is nearly finished as shown by this rather bruised flower:
My rhododendron is on the north wall and I rarely get to see it. I do, however, see my neighbors from my kitchen window. When the development was landscaped all the houses got the same plantings. As that was over 30 years ago, most of the houses have their own now, which is why I chose to live here. A few original trees and bushes still survive. The azaleas and rhodys are an example.
Americans do not seem to like dandelions very much. Probably because they have been brainwashed into thinking lawns should be a grass monoculture and dandelions do not respect this. I probably annoy the neighborhood with my “weeds”, but they are pretty:
My garden needs more color from the end of tulips before the beginning of day lilies and irises. This year was particularly poor as tulips came and went in such a hurry. Pooh, on early heatwaves. It is a good thing they flower at similar times as I always get irises and lilies confused; probably a manifestation of my dyslexia. I know which is which, I think. At least I know day lilies and here are my first of the year.
For some reason, I only have blue irises. As part of my “add mid-spring color to the garden” campaign, I will have get some other colors to plant this fall.
Columbines (Aquilegia spp.) add color but they are hidden in the shade under the tree so their color ends up being rather muted. You have to look for them. They have a huge color range, from white:
I also have red and blue, but their photos were not so good as the flowers are dropping already.
Color does not just come from flowers. Look at the different greens I’ve got in my shade garden; golden spider wort, lily of the valley, violet leaves, gray lambs ear; pale green sweet wormwood in the middle; all framed with dark green boxwood, in the back:
I also have red leaved plants. This in one new plant from last year that survived the winter:
I love my garden.