Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t see much difference between January and December in my front garden.
This was December 2015:
And this is January 2016:
The only discernible difference is the three new sacks of horse manure, courtesy of the ever-obliging Emily. And, if you look with a microscope, you can see my three purple Iris ‘George’s blooming away in the centre of the nearest bed.
It could almost be the same photo. I am wondering if I might not bother to take one at the end of February, and just reuse this one again! You must excuse the blurriness of the photos: they were taking at about 8am, not quite sunrise, this morning as I dashed on my way to a class. I needed the ISO on my camera right up at 3200 and still only acheived a maximum shutter speed of 1/30s, hence the rather vague outlines.
If you missed those irises, as I imagine most of you did, here they are up close:
And an eager I. reticulata ‘Clairette’, whose bedmates are not such early risers:
Not much else in bloom at the moment in this garden, although one of my helebores is showing a lot of buds and I shall try to capture it at its best in a couple of weeks’ time.
The photos above were the first I took on my new camera (a secondhand Canon 50D, if you are interested). Until now, all the photos on this blog were taken with my old 40D, which finally died a sad, tremulous death three weeks ago after many years of faithful service. This is the last photo I took with that old 40D, a suitably gloomy and wintery scene of raindrops on withering crocosmia foliage.
RIP Canon 40D, you will be sadly missed.
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