The pond looked a bit clearer than it has done for a while but I heard a child ask the adult he was with what was floating on the surface of the water. The man said he thought it was when the leaves fell in the pond and they didn't decompose it left little bits floating on the surface. I was amused to hear the child reply saying that they didn't agree and they thought it was called duckweed.
The hops are already making their way across the wire around the arch
Raindrops on flowers
Silvery leaves from above
Prairie planting springing into life
This is the allium that was bowed down low on a previous visit - standing upright now
Many love-in-a-mist flowers have opened - some of the white ones have smudges of blue around the centre
Collections of water on waxy leaves
"Quaking grass" - an ornamental grass with seed-heads that look like dangling hearts - they shimmer in the breeze
On the central stem in this photo the seeds are still small and tightly packed
Palm flowers opening
Strange looking clusters of flowers
Colourful tiny flowers with multicoloured stamens and anthers
As I walk descriptions of what I'm seeing pop into my mind. The wind and rain has battered the rhododendrons and many of the petals have fallen onto the ground. The phrase "flower strewn pathways" came into my head
and I remembered a poem with that phrase in.....
God has not promised skies ever blue.
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way.
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
(Annie Johnson Flint)
Bronze leaf next to green leaves on the same twig
Pink tinged acer seeds
Creamy acer seeds
Pale green acer seeds
Green and orange leaves on the same tree - with pale translucent seeds
More flower strewn pathways
Raspberry coloured rhododendrons - with a pool of petals underneath it
Yet another different combination of acer leaf and seed colours
Gardener at work in the wide flower bed
Standing under the beech tree with a canopy of leaves hanging down like a veil
View from under the tree, in a different direction
Several patches of grass in the wild flower area have been cleared and little clumps of quaking grass have been planted
By the time I came around the other end of the lawn and wide borders the gardener had moved over to work on the edge of the border
More irises are opening - some unusual colours
among many purple ones
Looking closer at a purple one - a little pool of water has collected on the bearded part of the bearded iris, pushing the little hairs aside
A white flower with lilac edges
Peony bud. Why do ants like peonies? I don't think I have ever managed to photograph a bud or open peony without an ant on it
A pair of ducks were swimming on the pond - unperturbed by the exuberant children just the other side of the fence around the pond
Gunnera to the right of the picture
Thank you very much for joining me