Arty journeys...


Friday, 24 April 2015

Sights, sounds and scents in Coombe Wood

I've been making reasonable progress recovering from a prolapsed disc but unfortunately everything seems to have gone wrong again and I had to walk very slowly and carefully yesterday morning so as not to jar my back. The sights, sounds and scents still managed to distract me from the pain for a while though, as birds sang joyfully, bright colours bombarded me and delicate floral scents wafted on the breeze.

The flat leaved ferns begin as lovely little spirals 

I love the blue and white together

These tiny buds are very easy to miss - but it's well worth having a closer look to see the yellow flowers emerging from their tufty casings

This time I managed to get a photo of the snakes head fritillary that was reasonably focused. It's not easy because the pattern on the flower, which looks slightly out of focus in real life, confuses the camera. 

This fluffy pink flower has fine white hairs on the stem and back of the petals. It also has an amazing centre which looks reminds me of a little fibre optic display!

Watering the prairie bed
Good to see the bees were busy
Bumble bee in the heather

Tiny cones continuing to develop on the Korean pine

 The scented yellow azalias will soon be out

Their buds are claw-like as they unfold

Bluebells beginning to bloom

Azalea or rhododendron?

No idea what these are - long leaves, with long stems which produce different flower like structures up the stem including little green berries

Another unknown plant - very small and looks like an underwater anenome 

The beginning of a flower on the tree peonies

  Evidence - gardener at work. 
It's amazing that one man looks after this place. 
I think he does an absolutely brilliant job. 

The old seeds are still hanging on this tree like little chains of horseshoes among the new growth.

Old hose reel
 Frilly tulips ready to burst open

I like the bold colour combination. 

 The sun was shining through the red and orange tulips, making them light up like flames.

Thank you for joining me.


  1. Sorry to hear about your back playing up again Angela, but pleased you at least managed to get out for that lovely walk and to take these beautiful photos.

  2. Knowing how you like to get down low for the photos I think these are very impressive, they are beautiful photos. Hope the back gets better soon.