I was going to finish off one of the series of walking photoessays this week, and then I saw that the Lovely R had lived up to his name and taken these really beautiful shots in the upper and middle gardens. So you're getting these instead.
Posting to the internet and peoples' increasing tendency to view them on suboptimal platforms can knock the gilt off jpegs, so I hope the delicate atmospherics that so impressed me on the iMac survive the transition.
R's obsession with bokeh, or out-of-focus effects, has taken him on a fairly long search through moderately-priced vintage lenses and I will prod him to comment on the technicalities of these shots in his onboard blog, for the benefit of stubborn trogs like moi who tend to dodge such fancy learnings.
Right: Young plums on the Prune Stanley. The ragged brown fringes are the remains of the old blossom.
Below Right: unnamed aquilegia.
Below Left: Persicaria bistorta/ Bistorta officinalis 'Superba', Snakeweed or Dragonwort. Used medicinally from ancient times; one of my favourites.
Below: Rose Summer Song. A lot of people are hating on this DA rose; I can't find too much to complain about personally. It has a willowy serpentine charm with bronzy-golden tones in its foliage and of course
those gobsmacking blooms.
Below that: Rose Simply Sensational which sort of lives up to its name if you don't mind waiting a long time between (the admittedly magnificent) flushes.
silky magenta blooms that smell of cloves and vintage beauty powder.
Above Left: rose Royden, a few days out from showtime. God I love this rose; it may be a fairly parochial NZ cultivar but if you ever see it for sale, buy the whole darn crate.
Below Clematis Guernsey Cream. A young plant. Some tend to dispute the much-vaunted greenish hue but I think this pic shows it's definitely present, particularly in shade.
it's a difficult subject despite the obvious visual appeal. We have three apples (I think this is 'Discovery'), all
of which flower away crazily and largely defy R's attempts to memorialise them. I think he did well here.