The tall bearded irises began blooming in mid
May. They are mostly finished now. I should dead head them and divide them as
they are getting took thick. They have had good foliage this year, though. I
went over the names of the iris I had planted years ago. I think this one is
Indian Chief. It is in the back cutting garden, next to the herbs.
A nice stand of Indian Chief along the drive way
strip. I must see about giving Sheila some of these when I divide them.
Indian Chief has quite a few blooms on each
This all dark blue one might be Indigo. The
blooms on this one are so heavy that they flopped over the driveway. They will
need staking. I had a bloom from the dark, almost black one earlier, but did
not get its photo. I think the black one is called Ebony and it is in the front
garden next to the sun dial circle.
Another along the driveway strip. This all
yellow one might be starring Roll. I have better photos of this from other
years. It lights up the garden and contrasts nicely with the green of the cedar
hedge behind it.
This is the water iris in the water feature in
the woodland. There are quite a few of these plants in bloom and they are
looking quite spectacular in their setting. I have this water tub set on top of
the old eucalyptus stump. The stump is rotting, so I shall need to do some
repairs to the base of this water feature one year. I was happy to find that
there IS a fish in the tub. Elvis, the fish, that lived in the water tub on the
deck disappeared this year. I have tried to get fish from Cannor nursery, but
they are in quarantine. So, I just brought back a bronze fennel that I am
going to plant in a tall pot until it gets a good root system. I saw a
swallowtail butterfly in the garden and a couple of them in the park, so I need
this fennel for them to lay their larvae to eat. I need lots of fennel in my
garden. It will look good along the pond edge too, when I get rid of the nasty
I tried a very good tutorial on how to create
reflections with photoshop. I have put a link to this tutorial in the side
bar. In doing the exercise, I learned more about layer masking, the gradient
tool, and much much more. My reflection is not perfect but this is sooo cool to
On Saturday I had left my deck door open while out gardening. I came back
in and was on my computer for a while when I heard this great crash somewhere in
the house. Scared the hoo hoo outta me! The table cloth had been pulled off the
table in the dining room and the flower vase spilled water. By this time I was
having fits. Then I heard this great mournful cry from the living room! OMG!
There was the villian! The most gorgeous black fluffy cat! Its eyes were as big
as saucers. I don't know who was more scared, the cat or I! I became very
anxious to get it out of the house and was throwing newspapers at it to get it
to go out. It just kept crying! I finally settled down and talked to it, petted
it and shousted it out side. No big allergy effects, just a bit itchy. Such a
lovely cat. Such a lovely cat!
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