Pictures From an English Country Garden. Beautiful photos of flowers.
A collection of flower photographs taken in a country cottage style garden on a summer's day.
Many of the flowers in this garden are perennials. They grow and flower in between the shrubs and climbers as this provides a green background for them.
The photographs are about my love of plants and flowers; and about capturing what I love about their colours, textures and their diversity.
Tubular shaped flowers are popular with bees, such as the penstemon flowers here.
Aquilegia plants flower in a vast range of colours/shades and is a plant that is suitable for areas of the garden that have partail shade such as corners. They can be raised from seed or bought ready to plant into the garden
Ornamental Alliums ... are planted as bulbs are easy to grow and come in a wide range of shapes and colours; they vary in height from the petite to an a tall bold garden design statement.
The shapes are described in various ways such as drumstick which is the ball shaped allium above. The height they will grow to and planting instructions .. depth and distance apart will be on the pack when you purchase them. You can simply pop them into a space in the border put a marker so that you do not dig them out by mistake and one day (probably when you have forgotten that they are there) they will amaze you by providing a bold and colourful eyecatching display in your border.
For more information on making a cottage garden border
- Flowers to Grow for a Cottage Garden Look.
A cottage garden look is a medley of old fashioned style flowering blooms. Cottage gardens today take a romantic backwards for their inspiration from gardens owned by cottagers in the past. Ideas for inspiration for the cottage garden look...
Flower photography helps to capture and preserve the colour, shape and texture of a beautiful flower at its best. Something about a flower makes you want to record the way it looks at that moment; it maybe it is the way the light falls on it or that it looks particularly good next to its neighbouring plants.
Flower photographs are my way of capturing something of that moment and how I feel about my garden flowers.
Photos of Summer Flowers.
More information about the flowers in the photographs.
The pictures here include a climbing rose, foxgloves, an aquilegia and two different types of ornamental allium
The foxgloves and aquilegia were raised from seed and the result was worth waiting for; foxgloves do not flower in the first year when raised from seed.
When growing plants like foxgloves (when you have a packet of mixed foxglove seeds) you are never sure what colour they will be when they finally flower in their second summer. It can be a bit hit and miss when you transplant them into the garden as to how well the colour will go with the plants and flowers surrounding them.
All plants in this garden are planted closer than a garden design book might suggest. I was especially pleased that when the foxgloves flowered it was a case of looking at the buds each morning and wondering what colour was going to finally be revealed. On the day the colours revealed themselves they harmonised so well with each other and my existing plants that I could not have chosen better.
The foliage growing beside the beautiful pink/peach rose is a Japanese honeysuckle the colour brings an area of 'light' into this corner of the garden.
Garden design is difficult for the amateur to get right on a plan or at first attempt... plants have not read the plant books they grow larger than it says on the pack or they flower a different colour to the shade you expect them to. So be prepared to move the plants around and make adjustments when you are gardening. If it is the wrong time of year to move a plant write down in a notebook where it will fit in best in the garden in future.
The photographs are taken with a digital camera, the light in this garden is difficult as it is very directional with shadows cast at certain times.
The copyright of all photos on this page belongs to '2uesday' and may not be reproduced/used without consent.
When planting a garden that is used by children and pets remember to check out the safety of the plants you are using. For example plants like foxgloves are poisonous.
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