There, that got your attention. I can promise close ups of naked lovelies, but perhaps not the kind you were hoping for. As I mentioned in last week’s SOS, I was given a macro lens kit for my iPhone 8 for Christmas and I have been playing around with it in our front garden, although I’m not sure if I’ve quite got the hang of it yet. There is a little black clip thingy that keeps on pinging off into the flowerbeds and it can be quite tricky to find.
Every Saturday, The Propagator invites us to share six things from our gardens. He says it can be absolutely anything, although I imagine there are certain things which are out of bounds, but despite the headline, my six this week are perfectly clean
- Heavenly hellebore
Slightly blurred around the edges, but I love the effect of the raindrops sitting on the soft satin sheen of this Helleborus orientalis petal.
2. Cheerful calendula
You wouldn’t think it was January looking at this picture. This is one of the few remaining flowers on last year’s calendula, looking remarkably sunny and vibrant. A burst of sunshine on a winter’s day.
3. Divine Daphne
I do have a tendency to bang on about how much I love the Daphne in our front garden, but the other day I was feeling really gloomy about the time of year – I think I was putting the bins out – when I caught a waft of her lemony fragrance and boom, I was full of the joys of Spring. Here she is up close and personal.
4. Pale primrose
There is something so delicate about the pale yellowy white petals of this primrose, adorned with raindrops and then that warm yellow and orange trumpet in its centre. Nature is quite amazing to produce flowers like this in the middle of winter.
5. Sensual cyclamen
I love the hot pink curves of this cyclamen close up. I bought three cyclamen plants in two shades of pink and a white in the autumn and they provide a visual treat every time we step outside the front door.
6. Virtuous viola
A cheeky rear view of a winter-flowering viola (yes one of the ones I had failed to plant up last week, still in the pot I bought it in, but you really can’t tell from this photo can you?) Who knew that the Viola bract possessed such a delicate, star-like quality?
I still have a lot of experimenting and learning to do with my new macro lens, but this little foray has shown me what incredibly beautiful patterns and textures close up photographs of the garden can produce.
For more garden pics close up and far away, don’t forget to visit The Propagator and his followers on the popular Six on Saturday meme.