its not that i’ve exactly done any work in the garden today… but on the other hand.. the garden seems to be doing very nicely without me thankyouverymuch, so i thought i would snap some shots of various things in there this afternoon, and i’ve wound up with a bunch of pics i really like – although there are some repetitions within the set, i hope you’ll bear with me on that, cos they are gorgeous pics..

lily flower that has come into bloom in the garden

lily flower that has come into bloom in the garden

rest behind the cut, as always…

wider shot of the same flower

wider shot of the same flower

slightly older flower from the same plant

slightly older flower from the same plant

Mum will recognise this - and be very jealous! Its a freesia flower, of course, and it smells absolutely gorgeous.

Mum will recognise this - and be very jealous! Its a freesia flower, of course, and it smells absolutely gorgeous.

close up of the throat of the freesia flower

close up of the throat of the freesia flower - i love its intricate creaminess

nasturtium flower - so very very orange!

nasturtium flower - so very very orange!

no, its not some exotic sea creature.. its the very middle of the above nasturtium flower...

no, its not some exotic sea creature.. its the very middle of the above nasturtium flower...

marigold flowers

marigold flowers - i grow these as sacrificial slug decoys! - between the organic pet/hedgehog friendly slug pellets i have down and this, it seems to be working - i've only found one or two snails/slugs this year.

Asparagus pea flower - although its recognisably a member of the pea family, its so dainty in comparison.. almost worth growing for the flowers alone. i do hope we get some of the pods though, which im itching to try.

Asparagus pea flower - although its recognisably a member of the pea family, its so dainty in comparison.. almost worth growing for the flowers alone. i do hope we get some of the pods though, which i'm itching to try.

Cornflower pushing up through the dwarf peas.

Cornflower pushing up through the dwarf peas.

Of all the flowers in the garden at the moment, i think im most enamoured of my nigellas. Theyre not in-yer-face like the brash red of the lily, they just twinkle, like stars, waiting for you to notice them in the border beneath the trees. but when you get down and upclose and you notice their intricateness...

Of all the flowers in the garden at the moment, i think i'm most enamoured of my nigellas. They're not in-yer-face like the brash red of the lily, they just twinkle, like stars, waiting for you to notice them in the border beneath the trees. but when you get down and upclose and you notice their intricateness...

although this photo has been treated, it does show the inner workings of the nigella flower very well.. an almost statuesque beauty.

although this photo has been treated, it does show the inner workings of the nigella flower very well.. an almost statuesque beauty.

marigold flower. I think that, like the daisy, this kind of marigold flower is actually many flowers in one - each petal is technically a flower in its own right. Sunflowers work this way too. at least, from what i remember of my schooltime biology classes!

marigold flower. I think that, like the daisy, this kind of marigold flower is actually many flowers in one - each petal is technically a "flower" in its own right. Sunflowers work this way too. at least, from what i remember of my schooltime biology classes!

back to the lilies.. at this point it started to rain, so i waited a while then tried to capture raindrops on the petals...

back to the lilies.. at this point it started to rain, so i waited a while then tried to capture raindrops on the petals...

isnt this a gorgeous shot?

isn't this a gorgeous shot?

looking down the throat of the freesia flower.  These are special to mum because they were in her wedding bouquet, although i bet she loved the fragrance even before then. (am i right, mum?)

looking down the throat of the freesia flower. These are special to mum because they were in her wedding bouquet, although i bet she loved the fragrance even before then. (am i right, mum?)

the side garden grasses are growing tall. jess sometimes goes in there to pee, but otherwise, we leave this area alone. Its a bit of a haven for wildlife, i like to think. :) But at the moment, with the grasses all having seeds, it has a beauty all its own...

the side garden grasses are growing tall. jess sometimes goes in there to pee, but otherwise, we leave this area alone. Its a bit of a haven for wildlife, i like to think. šŸ™‚ But at the moment, with the grasses all having seeds, it has a beauty all its own...

you can see it even better here, the ephemeralness of the grasses.

you can see it even better here, the ephemeralness of the grasses.

more nigella flowers

more nigella flowers

this reminds me of the Gorgon... :)

this reminds me of the Gorgon... šŸ™‚

nigella flowers come in lots of different colours. The beauty of all these is that i didnt sow a single one - theyre all self sown, from a bunch i planted last year (theyre annuals). what this means is that ill have nigella flowers in that spot every year, unless i clear them before the seedheads pop.

nigella flowers come in lots of different colours. The beauty of all these is that i didn't sow a single one - they're all self sown, from a bunch i planted last year (they're annuals). what this means is that i'll have nigella flowers in that spot every year, unless i clear them before the seedheads pop.

another nasturtium - this one in a gentle yellow..

another nasturtium - this one in a gentle yellow..

raindrops on nasturtium leaves

raindrops on nasturtium leaves

raindrops, close up

raindrops, close up

secret jewels hidden beneath the leaves.. strawberries, of course. (and as an aside: macerated strawberries (a la Hugh FW) ontop of icecream truly rocks.)

secret jewels hidden beneath the leaves.. strawberries, of course. (and as an aside: macerated strawberries (a la Hugh FW) ontop of icecream truly rocks.)

the raspberries have started to come in. I tried the maceration process with these too, last night. gorgeous.

the raspberries have started to come in. I tried the maceration process with these too, last night. gorgeous.

everytime i go past the raspberry bushes, i see a flash of red and before i know it, my hands are snaking out to pinch a raspberry, just like when i was a girl in grandpas garden. Oh well. Grandpa wont be telling me off for stealing these i guess...

everytime i go past the raspberry bushes, i see a flash of red and before i know it, my hands are snaking out to pinch a raspberry, just like when i was a girl in grandpa's garden. It amazes me that no one steals them through the fence, even when they're technically out on the road - maybe its a sad reflection on the fact that a lot of people these days simply don't recognise them on the plant.

another freesia flower - this one got more spattered with rain, so i took two small frame shots from this larger one...

another freesia flower - this one got more spattered with rain, so i took two small frame shots from this larger one (on the computer, which allows me to get closer than the camera will)...

this is the first - a look down the raindrop filled throat of the flower...

this is the first - a look down the raindrop filled throat of the flower...

... but when i was working on the photograph above, i spotted something in one of the beads of rain clinging to the bud on the right... took a closer look, and realised, you can see my fingers in the reflection.

... but when i was working on the photograph above, i spotted something in one of the beads of rain clinging to the bud on the right... took a closer look, and realised, you can see my fingers in the reflection.

fuschia flower on the plant that is technically in next doors garden, but that peeks through the fence...

fuschia flower on the plant that is technically in next door's garden, but that peeks through the fence...

the first tomato growing...

the first tomato growing...

chard is sprouting up - rainbow brights

chard is sprouting up - rainbow brights

the diminutive beauty of the asparagus pea flower.

the diminutive beauty of the asparagus pea flower.

back to the lily again. this is the underside of the petal, showing the jug like spout at the tip...

back to the lily again. this is the underside of the petal, showing the jug like spout at the tip...

and look! theres a bead of water just waiting to be poured!

and look! there's a bead of water just waiting to be poured!

and a final shot of the lily...

and a final shot of the lily...

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