Rudbeckia.

What  joy!  My new camera is a Nikon D5100.  I have a HUGE learning curve ahead of me.

Cosmos.

I love my Nikon CoolPix P80, but sometimes wished for something that would really capture what I was seeing.  Back in the days of 35 mm film I had a great Nikon AF camera with zoom and macro lenses, but it was heavy and I like the weight and freedom of my point & shoot P80.  Knowing the difference between the two, it is at times frustrating when I miss a shot because my camera won’t engage as quickly or see as clearly or get as close as I’d want to be.

Hollyhock.

September is my birthday month and I pooled all my resources (family) to go in together for one gift.  For my birthday AND Christmas.  The one gift I’ve been wanting but denying myself for over a year.  And could I please have it early?

Clerodendrum.

Although I think I got some pretty good shots with a point and shoot, I cannot wait to see what I get with my new camera.  I can see the difference just with these first ‘fooling around’ photos.  The clarity.  The immediacy of the shutter release.  The fact that I did very little editing – mostly just cropping.

Steller’s Jay at Feeder, shot through the kitchen window.

If you don’t see me for awhile you’ll know why!  Or I might have to post even more photos than before!  A new adventure begins!!

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The Party’s Over

August 26, 2012

I was a bit worried there wouldn’t be enough flowers blooming to make a bouquet but two big bouquets arrived with my friends so we were surrounded by fragrant beauty.

I managed to get all the invasive euphorbia pulled out from in front of my newly revised terrace the day before…

…and potted up some fun little party favors early in the week.

I did leave some grass growing…it was a pot party after all!

We had munchies – oh my gosh, do my friends know how to ‘treat’ one another.  Delicious fare.

Lots of Cosmos blooming as we walked about in the garden digging up plants to send home with friends.

Lucky me, left with these pots full of plants,rocks and garden gifts from my friends!!!  We decided to make it an annual round robin event with a different host garden for each ‘Pot Party’.  Too much fun for all involved.

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In the Pink!

September 10, 2009

Cosmos with visitor

Cosmos with visitor

As summer nears it’s end, I find myself wandering the garden taking in as much as I possibly can to sustain my memories during the winter months, just around the corner.

Pink Veronica

Pink Veronica

Breathing in the fragrance and gazing at the surrounding color, imprinting the lovliness into my soul.  I’m already planning for next year as I go through, eyeing the changes I’d like to make, which plants will be moved to a new location and what new plants I need to buy to fill in empty spots.

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

I think I’ll go buy those new plants now!  The Le Tour des Plants is coming up, September 12 through 20th.  It’s put on by the Oregon Association of Nurseries and last year I had so much fun and brought home so many bargains that I cannot wait until Saturday to go nursery hopping!

Yarrow

Yarrow

While I go back to planning my shopping list, I leave you with the current blooming PINKS from my garden.  Pink because that’s the mood I’m in when shopping for plants.  In the PINK, even though I hope to find more blue flowering plants, something with reddish foliage and I need lots of shade loving plants, whether pink, red, purple or yellow!  I need groundcovers for the sunny and shady sides of my garden, but nothing invasive as I’ve done my share of digging out invasives!

Oriental lily

Oriental lily

What I’d love to find are tallish shrubs and smallish trees that can withstand dense shade.  I want to build a natural fence using plant material, but so far most of what I’ve tried fails to thrive along my densely shaded zone 5 border.   I’d love to hear your suggestions of what can grow under fir trees.  I have a Japanese maple that’s doing well, two varieties of Ilex, an Elderberry, a couple of Ribes, and a Mountain Laurel, that are growing ever so slowly.

Gaura with Sedum

Gaura with Sedum

I have Rhodies fronting this area with plenty of Hostas, Ferns, Brunnera,  Epimediums, Lily of the Valley, Columbines, Arum, and Asaram.   I have Astilbes and Astrantias, Heuchera’s, Tiarellas and Heucherellas.  Pulmoneria and Bergenia, Rodgersia and Spiderworts.

Sedum

Sedum

I have lots of other tiny plants that will eventually fill in, varieties of Saxifragia, grasses on the smallish side, little vines and evergreen groundcovers.

Poor Man's Orchid

Poor Man's Orchid

What I really need is a large backdrop to block out my neighbor’s property and dense enough that the deer will look for a way around instead of through it.  Suggestions anyone?

Pink Turtlehead

Pink Turtlehead

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time…….

Phlox, Poor Man's Orchid, Black Eyed Susan, Pink Butterfly bush

Phlox, Poor Man's Orchid, Black Eyed Susan, Pink Butterfly bush

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