susansflowers

garden ponderings


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Camera Lens – Revisited

Again, I am not a photographer, merely someone who likes to take pictures.
With than disclaimer, I thought I’d show different views of the same flower bed.

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Top photo is with no zoom on the lens of my Nikon Coolpix L620
(whatever that means!).
In the middle photo, the picture is zoomed in half way.
At the bottom picture, the zoom is all the way.
I stood in the same place for all three photos.

Personally, I like the last picture, as you can get a good view of two particular flowers.
Garlic chives bear white flowers, and the pink ones are an unnamed succulent.
While the chives flowers are pretty, imho, they are getting a bit invasive.
I will have to decide who stays and who goes during this winter’s garden rearrangement.

The middle photo is not bad, you get to see the mish-mash of plants in this bed.
I find myself studying my beds in the summertime,
trying to decide how the plants can be moved to show better next summer.

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Babies

I am a sucker for the little ones.
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A local nursery had fall vegetable starts on sale.
Even though I am tired after a summer of weed-pulling,
I could not resist the chance to nurture these spindly young ones to maturity.
Pony-packs of cauliflower and broccoli came home with me.
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They are supposed to bear in 60 to 90 days.
Which I interpret as home grown vegies by the holidays.
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After pruning the spent flower stalks from artichoke plants,
their many new starts could be seen.
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Two stalk-stumps, one plant from earlier in summer and four new starts.
These artichoke plants are prolific.
My plan is to move a number of the larger artichoke plants
to the flower garden this winter.
I will learn whether or not they are deer-resistant.


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Shadows

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On a recent morning, I noticed this shadow outside the front door.
Do you see the stick holding up the yard art turtle?
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When the sun comes up over the hill in the east,
I can see this shadow of the roof line and chimney on the west side of the house.
When the moon rises, the same chimney shadow appears in star light.
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Wind chime and my faithful watering can.
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A (thornless) honey locust tree gives much-appreciated morning shade
on this side of the house.
It has turned out to not be our favorite tree,
but we are not willing to do without the sun protection.
In the extended drought, many limbs died.
Even though we trimmed off all the dead wood we could reach,
it still looks a little straggly.
And the leaves from this tree dominate all others in the rain gutters.

Gardening can be such a set of trade-offs.
What can we live with or without, while what we wants grows up?
It almost sounds like raising children!