On Monday I met two friends at Morden Hall Park. All three of our birthdays are during two weeks in May, and we were all born in the same year.
Two of us met a little earlier and had lunch together and then looked around the garden centre and Aquarium shop. The Aquarium shop was absolutely magical - there's such a wide variety of fish. The tanks were all very clean and clear with the blue backgrounds which showed up the occupants really well. Some had big shoals of very active fish in them
others had just a few quieter but very colourful characters
And some with strange faces or spiky fins
and some wisteria.
Our other friend joined us and we sat and chatted in the sunshine with a drink while exchanging birthday presents. Then we had a walk in the beautiful grounds - so much to look at on our way.
There were little flowers and blossom everywhere. I had to stop to look at all the different kinds
The horse chestnut trees are flowering
I love the tutti-frutti raspberry, lemon and lime colours
Different white blossom - with pink anthers
Canada Goose showing off in the water
Statue among the bluebells - I think this one is Venus. There's supposed to be one of Neptune somewhere too
More white flowers
Tiny fluffy white flowers - different again
Pale green flowers dangling under the leaves
Irises are beginning to open at the water's edge
I like the way the light shone through the leaves
This is what I thought wild garlic looked like but I have been getting all sorts wrong when I try to name anything on here. Can anyone tell me what this is please?
Back to the horse chestnut flowers
I hadn't noticed the hairy edges before - it makes them look as if they have frayed
More dangling tree flowers
As we made our way back to the cafe for tea and cake I spotted a heron peeping out from behind the leaves on the riverbank
It strutted out
and stood focused on the water, taking no notice at all of the gathering audience with cameras
Tuesday Coombe Wood
I had a walk with a friend today. We needed our umbrellas. My friend did some quick sketches while I took photos.
At the beginning I knocked the camera control by mistake and took one on the random effects setting - it takes 5 on that setting and does strange thing to them. Here are two of the results
I corrected the setting and carried on taking photos.
Little flowers that look a bit like fried eggs
Delicate white flowers with narrower petals and paler yellow in the middle
Alliums in the rain
The previuos one was quite round but this one is very shaggy
Judas tree flowers in the rain
Pink blossom and raindrops
The rain came down quite heavily. While we sheltered in the little hut my friend did some more drawing. I noticed the gardener in the distance still planting in the rain.
Droplets on the pine needles
Korean pine cones
The pattern created by the cone as it forms is so incredibly regular
White blossom - drenched
Clusters of catkins. Looking closer they look like strings of popcorn
Walnut tree leaves
Pink rhododendron buds turning almost white as they open
Beautiful scented yellow azaleas
Enormous white rhododendrons hanging high over our heads
Dripping wet acer leaves
Tree peony flower
White flowers weighed down with raindrops
More acer leaves decorated with raindrops
Tulips bowing low in the rain
Thank you very much for joining me