Recently, we might have experienced unseasonably cool weather across East Anglia, but there’s still been plenty of blooming flowers in the garden to brighten the first weekend of June.
Some of the irises, aquilegias and early summer roses are in full glory.
A few stragglers from May are graciously fading away.
But, wait a minute, there’s all this potential just about to burst forth!
June in an English country garden (well, actually a suburban back garden with cottage style planting) can be a quietly charming moment – weather permitting!
17 thoughts on “Past, present, future – the first weekend of June 2015”
Love your irises, is your garden fairly sheltered for them? Here the wind has been shredding the roses as they emerge …
Not entirely sure where you’re based, but over on this side of UK we’ve had a horrible, biting north-easterly for about 10 days which is why my irises are a bit late. I’ve planted too many shrubs and trees really for the size of my plot – makes it more shady than I’d like, but up side is less hammering from the wind. Swings and roundabouts!
Absolutely fantastic macro photography. What lens do you use?
Well thank you for the praise, but photographically speaking I limp along with an ancient secondhand Pentax and the cheapest, flexible Tammy I could afford which was this – Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO. I needed a kind of all-in-one lens to do ‘fashion’ shots of my scarves, detailed product shots of them and more general Blog pics. It’s pretty good for the price, however I like to take pics in museums and it’s not great at low light levels, but we live in an imperfect world!
Well if the lens gets shots like that stick with it, however the photographer is a significant element in great shots. And your Pentax would certainly be a great camera no matter how old. I have only ever had Pentax cameras and think they are very underrated. I use a 25 year old Pentax 35-105 mm with macro that I bought with a Pentax SLR and it is interchangeable with my new Pentax DSLR and works beautifully. Any Pentax investment is for life.
Yes, I think I read somewhere about all the Pentax lenses being interchangeable across their camera range. So far I’m very pleased with my DSLR and I’ve had it 5 years. I would have bought a Pentax lens, but they were considerably more than the Tammy and I could neither afford it nor truly justify the expense!! Maybe sometime in the future as the photography element is one of the more enjoyable aspects of my ‘marketing’.
Gorgeous flowers – especially the irises…although I’ll reserve judgement until those buds burst forth.
I’ve just had a look outside and 4 out of those 5 buds have opened in less than a week – amazing what a drop of sunshine does at this time of year.
Every day the garden gifts us with a surprise!
I enjoy seeing what your garden is doing and comparing the flowers and their blooming time with mine here in Pennsylvania, USA. Our irises are all gone and we’re coming into the summer flowers now – roses blooming everywhere. It’s great to see these pictures – just beautiful.
Thank you – I guess you’re hotter in the summer months than we are. My sister lives down in the SW of England (warmer and wetter!) and her roses are all out now too.
I think we must be. June is for roses, irises come out very early here, although later this year because spring was colder than usual. I think I also noticed allium in your pictures? That is another one that is May or maybe even April for us.
Yes, that’s an allium and they’re certainly May here!
Oh this is lovely and your photos are wonderful!
Thank you – busy time of the year though!!!
More beautiful close ups Agnes, we have some iris with similar colour patterns and wait with anticipation for them to flower in Spring.
Thank you. Irises are great – but, of course, perhaps you’re celebrating the warm colours of Autumn.