Amelia's photos

Clematis 'Guernsey Cream'

15 May 2022 29 25 64
Today's Sunday Challenge: Use your photographic skills to express a feeling, an emotion, to get an emotional response from the viewer. This plant is a large flowered group 2 clematis. It flowers late may to early June, requires an open position and only minimal pruning / tidying up. If it is cut hard back it won't die, but just produce a lot of non-flowering shoots.

Narcissus poeticus

18 May 2022 18 12 65
Narcissus poeticus, the poet's daffodil, poet's narcissus, nargis, pheasant's eye, findern flower or pinkster lily, was one of the first daffodils to be cultivated, and is frequently identified as the narcissus of ancient times. I know it as Pheasant's Eye, and the very short 'trumpet' is very distinctive. The flower is extremely fragrant, with a ring of tepals in pure white and a short corona of light yellow with a distinct reddish edge. I don't find it easy to grow at all, and have only seen it a few times in National Trust gardens, and certainly it is not found in big drifts there. I do remember vividly my father taking me to a private woodland in the Kingdom of Fife, when I would have been seven or eight years old. The fragrance was really powerful. Today brought back those memories. As far as I know this is the latest flowering species of daffodil in the UK.

An old bench outside the stable block

The garden this morning

15 May 2022 20 13 57
We used to open the garden for the National Garden Scheme, but since we lived in Norway from 2007 - 2012, and because I was ill in 2018, it has never been the same, and is not fit for showing. I do work hard in it and love it, but I get tired more often. It's an age thing. ;-) The plants here are Alliums, Geraniums, Aquilegia, Smyrnium and ferns in the shady area. The roses, clematis and other herbaceous perennials will take up the challenge from June onwards. From winter the snowdrops hold the scene followed by Winter Aconite, then self seeding Crocus tommasinianus, then Narcissus pseudonarcissus. I always try to have something in flower for every day of the year. I'm not into shrubs at all.

The great outdoors

13 May 2022 15 14 62
The PiP shows what our garden looked like this morning.

HFF from Aston Locks Nature Reserve

07 May 2022 26 25 79
A fence leading nowhere. A gate never opened. Thinking about this, my guess is that there was a fence, and the gate led to an area for spoil that came from the excavation of the ponds. The work has now finished and this area is left to naturalise once more.


07 May 2022 31 17 77
This little siskin was on its own at the bird feeders. I had to take the photo through our back door window, as he kept flying off when I went outside. This is the first siskin we have seen this year. I hope we can encourage a few more.

One swan a swimming.

Two swans a-swimming

Two swans a-swimming

Wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella

26 Apr 2022 26 14 74
Wood sorrel is an edible wild plant that has been consumed by humans around the world for millennia. Apparently the Native American Kiowa people chewed wood sorrel to alleviate thirst on long trips, the Potawatomi cooked it with sugar to make a dessert, the Algonquin considered it an aphrodisiac, the Cherokee ate wood sorrel to alleviate mouth sores and a sore throat, and the Iroquois ate wood sorrel to help with cramps, fever and nausea. Because of the shape of the leaves it is also known as 'false shamrock'.

Extension Spring on a Gate-post

07 May 2022 18 16 73
Today's Sunday Challenge is: SPRINGS. BUT not flowers or plants This type of spring ensures that the gate is closed when the spring is not in tension.

HFF from Attingham Park

25 Apr 2022 27 24 76
Find the fence amid the bluebells. We all know, or think we know, what a true English bluebell, Hyancinthoides non-scripta, is. But many folks confuse the English bluebell with the Spanish bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica. On the Spanish flower, the bells are all around the stem, not just on one side, which gives the English bluebell its drooping stature. The leaves are wider and bigger. The petals of each bell open wider and flare at the ends rather than curl. The bells are slimmer on the English bluebell. The stamen is blue on the Spanish version and yellow on the English one. The English bluebell is a deeper blue than the Spanish one, which is a delicate shade of pale blue. The English bluebell is stronger scented. The Spanish bluebell is taller. The Spanish bluebell can tolerate sunshine and happily grows in open spaces, whereas the English bluebell prefers at least partial shade and is never found growing in open spaces. Spanish bluebell flowers lift their heads towards the sun. English bluebells never do. But in their favour the Spanish bluebells are much more showy and the colours can be pale blue, purplish, pink or white, but I dig them out of my garden as soon as I see them.

Spare a crumb please

Spare a crumb please

Barrier, Cherry tree, Bridge and Church

27 Apr 2022 27 19 113
Today's Sunday Challenge is: Alphabet time! B & C

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