End of Month View: January 2016

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:

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And this is January 2016:

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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.

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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:

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And an eager I. reticulata ‘Clairette’, whose bedmates are not such early risers:

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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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End of Month View is hosted by Helen at The Patient Gardener. Do visit her page and see hers and many other EOMVs for January.

9 thoughts on “End of Month View: January 2016

  1. Sorry to hear about your old camera; you were lucky to find a good secondhand one.
    Your daybreak pictures are impressive, my ISO only goes up to 1600 (I’ve never tried using it). The 3200 ISO pictures are maybe a trifle flat, but they look like broad daylight. Is the blue iris also taken on 3200? That really sparkles.

  2. Not a lot of difference I agree, but it will all be getting ready to burst forth! Love your iris, George – such a beautiful colour. I am waiting on Pauline, hoping will be nice too. I have Clairette for the first time, too and managed to get them to open by bringing the pot inside, otherwise I don’t think I would have any in flower yet. I think the web is very forgiving as far as photo quality goes. I never would have guessed you had such a high ISO. We will all be scrutinising your February photo now to spot any differences!!

    1. Mine seem to be opening one by one. What I wanted was two pots alive with irises, but they are taking it in turns! Perhaps bringing them indoors would be a good idea, because the old ones are dying off before the new ones have properly come out.

  3. such pretty irises and I love the interesting Edinburgh architecture that is a backdrop to your garden. How lucky you are – i love city gardens.

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