This is a view of the fern leafted peony, the corsican hellebore, the west coast planter and some of the other alpines that are thriving in this little rockery under a deciduous tree in clay soil with a covering of flat field rocks.
The mountain avens are spreading quite nicely. I need to keep them clipped into the space there is for them.
This little rhododendron like shrub is doing very well and is surrounding the little sundial in the little circle. The alpine daisies are doing well in this little circle, but I cannot seem to get thrifts to survive here. One other plant would be good to have in the circle.
This sedum with the pinkish hue is spreading under the smoke bush that has plum colored leaves. Its a good combination and allows a flat area. There are self seeding alliums in front of it as well as a few other taller perennials. The front part looks a bit messy and I should clean it up more.
This bridal veil sprirea bush is good every year. I clip it. If I did not clip it the branches would be long and hang down like a veil, in white. I prefer the clipped look. It looks good against the dark hedge. The new line of blue muscari make a nice layer of detail to this area of the garden that is between the street and the hedge. I need to get that little hedge trimmed up this year. I cut it back quite a bit last year and it was looking quite scraggly. It is filling out now and needs careful pruning back. All part of the fun.
This shows the sundial circle and the sedum just across the rock border of the sundial bed.
This is a shot of the canola along the Yangtze river. You can see how industrial the area is from all the smog in the air.
I have several time consuming hobbies that I enjoy. Gardening was my first passion. When I got my computer my garden suffered some neglect but for all that the garden still looks pretty good.
To those two I have more recently added photography. Photography relates to all of my hobbies, as well as to travel, and seems to tie them all together.
I have a high maintenance, wonderfull husband, who remains the primary interest.
Canon EOS Elan 7e - 35 mm - Feb 2015 - traded the camera body to Kerrisdale Cameras - Lens: Canon EF 28 - 135 mm F/3.5 - 5.6 IS Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Canon EF 28 - 90 mm F/1.4 - 5.6
Canon Powershot A50 - digital - Lens: 4.3 - 10.8 mm 1:2.6 - 4.0
Canon Powershot S3 IS - digital - Lens: 12X 6.0 - 72.0 mm 1:2 -3.5 USM - Canon 58mm Close Up lens 500D - Canon tele-converter TC-DC58B 1.5x - Canon wide converter WC-DC58A 0.75x
Canon EOS Rebel Tli or 500d - uses same lenses and filters as the Canon Elan 7e
Holga 120S - Lens: 60 mm 1:8 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 - Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar in camera panorama wide angle lens Canon Powershot SX60 HS traded my SX40 to upgrade to SX60 - Feb 2015 Lens: 43.8 - 247.0 mm 1:3.4 - 6.5 USM, wide angle with 60X optical zoom