Baker’s dozen of flora

In 2016 I took a lot of photographs… on my phone. Here are 12 photos from my garden and one from a local park we discovered this year. All photos taken with an iPhone 5 using ProCamera app and Photoshop Express.

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Winter aconite emerged early. March 5, 2016.
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Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – new to the garden. April 17, 2016.
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Remarkably, Townsendia parryi survived the hail storm of June 30, 2016.
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We had a lot of rain. Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ gift from my Mom. July 2016.
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Early spring and lots of moisture brought a bounty of ‘Carmine Jewel’ cherries. July 2016.
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And ‘Dragon Tongue’ beans. Grown in containers which saved them from slugs. July 2016.
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An Oak fern was planted to remember family in Terrace, BC. July 30, 2016.
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Also from Rundlewood garden, a 2nd year Veronicastrum shot up like fireworks. August 21, 2016.
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A new calendula also bloomed in our garden. Thanks to seed shared from my Mom. August 2016.
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The beauty of this annual was its state before unfurling. August 2016.
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Despite frequent hail and rain, our small garden flourished. August 2016.
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Alpine Rock Jasmine was the inspiration for Christmas cards. School boy was inspired by Christopher Boffoli. October 22, 2016.
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There is nothing like nature to truly inspire. Ralph Klein park. July 31, 2016.

Deschampsia

My garden is small and Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Pixie Fountain’ is finally making itself at home in places I think it will be happiest. A photograph shows how light plays on it – even in winter. An image of a linocut I printed last week is a reminder of a pleasing time I had in November, studying and carving lines.

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Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Pixie Fountain.’ Image iPhone 5.
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Linocut. Oil based ink. Strathmore print paper. 10 x 10 cm. B. Wanhill 2016

Photo sketches

There is ease and immediate sense of gratification with photography. I find this even more the case with a phone in hand. Moments are captured quickly and become sketches for drawings that rarely materialize!

Last week provided the opportunity for some quick documentation of the hoarfrost that gilded our City – stunning against the clear blue sky.

In the garden, the still standing remnants of Cimicifuga ‘Chocoholic’ seemed to bloom again. Below are photos from last week’s frosty show and the Bugbane’s September blooms – all taken with an iPhone.

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Cimicifuga ‘Chocoholic.’  January 9, 2016.
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Cimicifuga ‘Chocoholic.’  September 25, 2015. All images iPhone 5. B. Wanhill

 

Pink

Echinacea ‘Magnus’ and Anemone hupehensis ‘September Charm’ stay in my garden not necessarily for their colour, but for their strength of character, form and as havens for bees. My garden has persuaded me to reconsider my indisposition to pink.

Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014

Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014

Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014

Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014
All images Canon T3i. B. Wanhill 2014

 

 

 

Spring has its own designs.

Gardening on the Canadian prairies is definitely an exercise in patience.

  • A solitary clutch of Galanthus nivalis holds court over a still thawing garden.
  • A spiky tuft of hand grown blue fescue defiantly announces it made it through the winter.
  • Branches of crabapples show silhouettes of nothingness – evidence of the robins’ 2 day feast.

Galanthus nivalis. Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014Festuca glauca. Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014

Malus baccatta 'Rosthern.' Image copyright B. Wanhill 2014
All images Canon T3i