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Fun with a few flowers.....

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Today we are back to winter again. Its cold outside, so I thought I’d cheer myself up by practising with the camera indoors. I took one flower off almost all the hellebores in my garden. Here are the results….hope these cheer you!

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Fantastic photos Karen, they certainly cheered me up, and yes, it is cold today,

26 Mar, 2011

 

They are so beautiful Karen, what a great selection you have. I'd like to know the name of the white one with the mauve blotches. A neighbour has that one and I may be going to get a plant from her, but she doesnt know the name. I think its the 6th picture from the bottom up. Love the pink double too.

26 Mar, 2011

 

Yes, I'm sorry, I don't know it's name either. I call it 'white one with purple blotches'!! :))

26 Mar, 2011

 

Oh well, thats what it will have to be then.

26 Mar, 2011

 

Just divine !

26 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Judy, glad you enjoyed!

26 Mar, 2011

 

oh that is soooo lovely ~ every photo made me smile. i love the shape of the container you put them in.

26 Mar, 2011

 

I sometimes use it for Garlic bread Sticki!! lol

26 Mar, 2011

 

You have a lovely selection of Hellebores, Karen. Beautifully arranged in your garlic bread dish ... lol! Sorry it's cold again for you.

26 Mar, 2011

 

Ach, I'm finding ways to occupy myself Shirley! :)) It is March after all! I hear you had 20C yesterday? Lucky you, but a bit 'strange' isn't it!

26 Mar, 2011

 

beautiful colours Karen, freezing here too today.

26 Mar, 2011

 

I feel your pain Jo!

26 Mar, 2011

 

They look gorgeous Karen, so beautifully arranged and what a wonderful range of colours you have. I never realised Hellebores could be so pretty.....all I have are rather boring white ones!

26 Mar, 2011

 

I think we were up to 17 degrees ... had a brilliant time at the Goodwood Motor Racing circuit as our son had his 'Red Letter Day' birthday gift from last November. He drove British Classic cars ... 3 makes and 3 laps each. I just drooled over the Lamborghinis & Porsches .......

26 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely photos, I really like Hellebores. My friend gave me a plant which came up with white flowers and purple flowers. When I commented how nice the purple ones were she said "I've not got any purple ones" so where did they come from? ooh err

26 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely photos Karen. Well Done!

26 Mar, 2011

 

lovely to see them head on and close up karen, so pretty, lovely pictures, thanx for sharing, colder here to today , hope its ok tomorrow for the plant fair im going to :o)

26 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely photos Karen, I like the very dark one. I hope it warms up for you soon!

26 Mar, 2011

 

They look lovely and beautifully arranged Karen. Its very cold here today, a big shock to the system after all the warm sunny days this past week......

26 Mar, 2011

 

They're fantastic Karen !:):)

26 Mar, 2011

 

You have a beautiful selection of hellebores there Karen...:))))

26 Mar, 2011

 

Very pretty Karen, the thing with Hellebores is the flowers hang down don't they so you can't see them properly, now you can!
Troddles - i have one plant a white one, this year there is a self set one and its deep purple!! A passing bee must have fertilized it with pollen from a purple flower i guess.

26 Mar, 2011

 

Yes, they are very promiscuous and most of the offspring tend to be purple of some shade or another....so I read somewhere. I don't mind at all, as I love purple, but none of mine have yet produced babies of a flowering age. It takes 3 years from germination to flowering, so you have to be patient and I'm not! All the plants here have been bought, some as named vars and some as a mixed pack of six from the GC. They have all turned out to be lovely, not one of them that I don't love!

26 Mar, 2011

 

they are gorgeous Karen. could they be dried,pressed and kept do you think and made into a picture ?

26 Mar, 2011

 

I don't really think so Helen, because they are so 3d. They are not at all flat like clematis and they would just look 'squished' I think. No, the photos will be my only memory...until next March!

26 Mar, 2011

 

Stunning. I need to go and buy some more hellebore plants now!

26 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Marshmallow, so glad you enjoyed it!

26 Mar, 2011

 

Wow - that's just the thing to do with Hellebores, float them in shallow water - they look delightful Karen. I think you must have the National Collection there . . . what a lovely variety!

26 Mar, 2011

 

Theres one stunner that isn't here Sheila, because there's only one flower on it so far! It's a double lilac speckled....it's gorgeous...such a shame I didn't include it, but next year......!

26 Mar, 2011

 

can you take a photo of it please karen?

26 Mar, 2011

 

I do like Hellebores these are lovely the purple /lilac one are my favourites :-)

26 Mar, 2011

 

Fantastic pictures! Beautiful idea! I'm doing Easter lunch for hubby's relatives this year, and that would be perfect for the dining table! I could just use what's in bloom in the garden at the time! Pity your hellebores couldn't be preserved for ever, they are gorgeous, an absolute credit to your gardening talent! My vote goes to the little double yellow baby in the middle of the bowl...it's so dainty!

I agree with Sticki, can you take a photo of the lilac double one...please?

27 Mar, 2011

 

Oh that's lovely :) I do it with fuchsias - floating them in a bowl of water, and I put floating candles with them. Never thought of doing it with other flowers. These look very nice :)
We had a lovely day here yesterday - warm and lots of sunshine :D
I like that long thin photo :o)

27 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks very much. Everyone that's looked seems very taken with the floating hellebores.....and Libet now has an idea for her table! Brilliant, makes it all worthwhile! I will take pic of double lilac one today. I am going out there to face those b****y flies again, with my long socks, wellies and jungle forumla spray!! I should really get one of those suits that bee keepers and CSIs use....then I would be sure not to get bitten!! lol

27 Mar, 2011

 

which flies karen ~ surely not midges already? you can get mask/hat things for those!!

libet ~ great idea so long as you dont want to serve garlic bread for lunch??!!

i loved the yellow one too karen but it was the collection and your lovely photos ~ would make a lovely painting or photo for the wall.

27 Mar, 2011

 

Go for it Libet! I've floated a mixture of tiny flowers in a bowl in past summers - a mixture of hardy pink geranium, hardy blue geranium, pale yellow primrose and something white usually - it's fun to experiment, and always produces Oooohs from guests!

Sorry about the flies, Karen - they're the reason I can't persuade OH to go to Scotland. :(

27 Mar, 2011

 

I am so impressed with your flower arrangement and Photo's ,Karen..stunning !What a brilliant idea for a centrepiece.Lovely colours too..hope my white one gets pollinated to get another colour too.That is all I have yet,and only new this year..

27 Mar, 2011

 

they dont always have midges sheila ~ we have been on holiday there many times and never been troubled with them ~ i think there are just a couple of months its best to avoid??

how long do the hellebores last in water?

i have a shallow glass dish that i like to fill with water, i put pebbles in the bottom and then float about 3 flowers, several leaves ~ variegated ivy works well ~ and some floating candles ~ nice to have on the table ~ another advantage is that its low so you dont block a view.

27 Mar, 2011

 

Well, firstly the hellebores are still alive and well in spite of my doubts.

Now then. About these famous scottish midgies! The horrid midgy problem in Scotland is only an issue in the Highlands, where the peat bogs provide their breeding grounds. That is why we never go there in the summer, but when we go it is in spring time. It is absolutely beautiful Shelia's OH and definitely not to be missed!!

We NEVER have a midgy problem here on the East Coast of Scotland...nope, not at all. My problem with insect bites is that I react severely to them. Everyone gets bitten in the summer time, but some people's bodies just don't mind. Sadly mine minds very much!!

So, I don't want to hear any of you soft southerners saying you can't come up to lovely Scotland because of midges! Tut tut Sheila's OH!! ;)) Having said that, if you go to the Western Highlands, or anywhere near there during June, July or August, you will get just what you are afraid of, and even worse! lol

27 Mar, 2011

 

I don't know what it was that bit me in the garden, but it definitely wasn't a midge. There are a few going about, but my leg was actually bleeding after I got bit, so it must have been something more vicious....perhaps a horse fly, but I didn't see anything that big going around me, just little flies, like you get in the house sometimes. Tiny things really....it's a puzzle. I'm using my Jungle Formula from now on though!

27 Mar, 2011

 

we have been to west scotland several times in july and august and still missed the midges ~ maybe cos we were near the sea or loch???
scotland is my favourite place ~ would love to live there.

27 Mar, 2011

 

lovely helibores.... and great pics.....

27 Mar, 2011

 

Stunning! Helibores are really beautiful flowers as are your pics of them. Love the Purple, white & lime ones. I'd love to grow them but I doubt Calif. would be cold enough for them. I can't even get my Daffs to rebloom, :-( enough leaves alright but no flowers except from a few Narcissis.

27 Mar, 2011

 

Hello Karensusan! I think you might well have got bitten by a horsefly, they, and this is the disgusting bit!... have mouthparts that cut through your skin, and then they sort of inject you with an anticoagulant, so your blood doesn't clot while they feed, it also works as a mild anesthetic, so you don't knock the fly off, and then, when they're full of blood, they drop off! But the anticoagulant keeps working for a short while and that's why the bite keeps bleeding. How yucky is that! I react the same as you Karensusan, I got bitten through a denim shirt once, and my arm was so swollen I couldn't get it into a shirt sleeve for 4 days, it was so sore! An antihistamine will help a bit, but it won't stop you having to constantly look over your shoulder for the evil things!

27 Mar, 2011

 

Could it have been a tick, Karen? They are nasty little beggars and will make you come up in a rash. Hope you're feeling better today. : o )

27 Mar, 2011

 

No, not a tick thank goodness Shirley, or it would still be in there! I think a Horsefly as Libet says, as I had one exactly the same, two years ago. Horrid, horrid, black infected. Still it is definitely on the mend. Last time I couldn't really walk for about three days, so this time i've got on top of it straight away. Anti-histamine is certainly keeping the swelling down. Itchy now, but not so sore.

Anyway, enough of that!! Here's the link to the photo of the double lilac one that I couldn't include in the blog...http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/136576-harvington-hellebore-double-lilac/member/karensusan63

Sticki, you'd love it!

Thanks everyone!

27 Mar, 2011

 

you're right ~ its really lovely, a very pretty hellebore.

27 Mar, 2011

 

great photos Karensusan...such beautiful colours!

27 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Elsiemay!

27 Mar, 2011

 

Karen, I mentioned 'Tick' as many years ago, whilst OH was playing golf in the Forest of Arden, he knocked some kind of bug away from his arm and, to cut a very long story short, was investigated for Lyme Disease a short while later! There was never a conclusive diagnosis though.

27 Mar, 2011

 

i may have asked you before karen but what camera have you got? those close up pictures are so clear ~ they are really lovely.

27 Mar, 2011

 

Yes Sticki, its a Panasonic DMC FZ38. It has a good strong x18 zoom and 1cm macro. The intelligent Auto facility is excellent and I still haven't learned how to use it manually! My old Compact camera, the Nikon Coolpix 5200 was just as good at macro, and I didn't have to resize my photos to get them on here, only problem was it didn't do zoom very well so I couldn't get shots of the birds etc. I love my new camera, but the old one was good too, and much easier to handle and carry...something to consider.

28 Mar, 2011

 

is the new one heavier and bigger? i agree ~ you need something easier enough to put in your pocket. that zoom is really good. i had a coolpix a while ago but the back wouldnt shut properly so it put me off!!
i like the sound of that panasonic; mine is lovely ~ canon G10 but the zoom is more limited than yours.

28 Mar, 2011

 

Yes, bigger but not heavy. I can't put it in my pocket. I love it though. My 'excuse' for 'needing' a new one was that my coolpix battery cover stopped closing! But I really wanted a zoom to be honest! :))

28 Mar, 2011

 

exactly what mine did ~ thats why i dont want another coolpix!
it happened on a holiday to the italian lakes ~ you can imagine how frustrating it was! it nearly went in the lake!!

28 Mar, 2011

 

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28 Mar, 2011

 

beautiful karen what camera do you use ?? sorry if some one already asked this but there were so many comments would have taken ages to go through them all .... i love the flowers havent seen them before thank you x

30 Mar, 2011

 

Panasonic DMC FZ38 Jill. Thank you. Shirley, I was reading about Lymes disease and ticks on tinternet...horrible!

31 Mar, 2011

 

Btw everyone, hellebores are now definitely finished and looking very dead. Nice while they lasted, but only a couple of days.

31 Mar, 2011

 

Jawdropping Karen, so beautifull great idea putting them in the dish. julien

31 Mar, 2011

 

Thank you Julien, so glad you liked them.

31 Mar, 2011

 

Beautiful pictures and beautiful hellebores.......

31 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks DD.

1 Apr, 2011

 

gorgeous! anyone of them could be blown up and framed...would make beautiful posters.

2 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you Raquel...feel free to blow em up! :))

2 Apr, 2011

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