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Spring into summer - a garden flower picture gallery

Updated on January 30, 2013

Welcome to this gallery of floral photos, mostly taken in and around my garden. This collection is a celebration of brightly coloured flowers and plants that have brought me joy in my garden and inspired me to take photographs. The beauty of flowers is such a transient thing, so it is wonderful to be able to make a record and preserve at least some of their glory in a simple photograph.

I have put the pictures into two simple categories: spring and summer, probably the two most important seasons to the gardener.

Spring

Spring is the most exciting time of year to me, when new plants emerge from the soil, new life abounds and blossom erupts into sweet smelling clusters. It is bright and fresh, and full of hope and promise for the coming year.

Cherry blossom: one of my favourite signs of spring. The blossom symbolises new life in the spring, and promises of fruits to come later in the year.
Cherry blossom: one of my favourite signs of spring. The blossom symbolises new life in the spring, and promises of fruits to come later in the year. | Source
Native English bluebells: this bluebell wood, while not exactly in my garden, is just across the road from my house, and I love to walk here in the springtime.
Native English bluebells: this bluebell wood, while not exactly in my garden, is just across the road from my house, and I love to walk here in the springtime. | Source
Mossy stone: in a dark damp corner, mosses and water loving plants can grow on nothing more than a stone. I loved the textures and freshness of this picture.
Mossy stone: in a dark damp corner, mosses and water loving plants can grow on nothing more than a stone. I loved the textures and freshness of this picture. | Source

Summer

Summer is when all your hard work in the garden starts to pay off. I love to spend long hot summer days lazing in the garden, just enjoying the blaze of colour, listening to the buzzing of insects, the birds singing and, of course, harvesting the fruits of my labour. The pictures I have chosen here sum up the feel of summer to me, with their rich oranges, yellows and reds.

Summer

Sunflower: this flower seems to encapsulate the whole of summer to me - the lazy, sunny days of late summer. The bumblebee in the centre also illustrates the importance of this flower to insects. I love this picture, so  I use it as my profile pic.
Sunflower: this flower seems to encapsulate the whole of summer to me - the lazy, sunny days of late summer. The bumblebee in the centre also illustrates the importance of this flower to insects. I love this picture, so I use it as my profile pic. | Source
Nasturtiums: another richly coloured flower that brightens up any garden, and are so easy to grow from seed. You can also eat nasturtium flowers in your salad, giving it a warm peppery flavour, as well as a splash of colour.
Nasturtiums: another richly coloured flower that brightens up any garden, and are so easy to grow from seed. You can also eat nasturtium flowers in your salad, giving it a warm peppery flavour, as well as a splash of colour. | Source
Chilli peppers: this is a multi-coloured variety of chillis that I grow more for their ornamental value than for culinary use - although they are also great for cooking. The peppers start off purple, then turn yellow, orange and finally red.
Chilli peppers: this is a multi-coloured variety of chillis that I grow more for their ornamental value than for culinary use - although they are also great for cooking. The peppers start off purple, then turn yellow, orange and finally red. | Source
Dill: this flowering dill (a culinery herb) caught my eye as it glowed in the sunshine, and stood out against the background of orange montbretia and the dark glossy leaves of a bay hedge.
Dill: this flowering dill (a culinery herb) caught my eye as it glowed in the sunshine, and stood out against the background of orange montbretia and the dark glossy leaves of a bay hedge. | Source

These photographs are all my own work, taken with a Nikon Coopix compact digital camera. I don't edit or enhance my pictures, they are all presented "au naturelle" - as nature intended.

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      Prashant 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      wow....I experienced the changing mood of seasons through these beautiful pictures...cool hub :)

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thank you prashant, I'm glad you appreciated it : )

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful, thanks for sharing, reminded me to get ready to take some picture of my own garden, but its looking a bit sad right now, maybe next spring.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      The flowers are beautiful and very colorful! Very interesting. I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful pictures of the flowers. Flowers make the world a lot nicer place and a lot prettier, too.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Lovely gallery. I can see why you love walking in the bluebell wood across from your garden in springtime.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      yols-a 5 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      I agree beautiful flowers

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Congratulations on a beautiful garden!

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      lovely pictures

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Lovely pictures, so bright I love the chilli peppers, must try to grow some next year.

      Thank you for sharing them.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      What absolutely gorgeous photos! I especially love the pictures of spring flowers you've posted. Thank you for sharing!

      Voting you UP and beautiful!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The cherry blossom is just beautiful, it transported back to spring!

      Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing and voting up.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks for all your lovely comments. I can't wait til spring either : )

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I really enjoyed your sunflower photo.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Beautiful! I do love flower pictures.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for this beautiful hub. I so appreciated the colors from spring and summer. It is promising and something to look forward to!

      Tina

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Lovely gallery!

      I am missing my extensive Australian garden, and I have no experience gardening in a cold winter (having moved to northern-ish Europe), so I am currently confined to a few small indoor pots!

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      rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Wow! Beautiful!

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      lanealanea 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Hello Imogen French, I really enjoyed your photographs and the story. The photos are so suttle and peacful. Keep shooting. :-)Lanea

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Since I love white flowers in the garden your first photo drew me in! :) Enjoyed this look at the color in your garden as I am so looking forward to working on getting mine in shape this spring.

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