Tuesday, January 29, 2008

World within my garden



Another flowering Hellebore, and a world within a world. The close up of the centre reveals finer details of the Hellebore.
Golden oval shapes, floating pollen grains like satelites orbiting the centre, A pink central spire arising from the golden centre, and neatly folded green tubes. A bug sits at the base of the the pink Cathedral feasting on the sugary nectar.
I did not even see him as I had to kneel down, lean sideways, and look up balancing on the raised slabs, through the camera electronic view finder. Life through a lens reveals small mysterys and beauty.
The more we look at the natural beauty of apparently simple things (like flowers) the more we realise how complex they are.
The delicate petals bely how tough these plants are as its been freezing,soaking wet, and freezing cold winds. The white sails remain aloft, unphased by the inclement weather of December and January.
One more long day to go tomorrow at work, before a garden day on Thursday..Hurray!

7 comments:

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Great close-ups!

kate said...

These Hellebore flowers are pretty wonderful. You did a great job on the macro shots.

Enjoy your garden day on Thursday!!

jodi said...

These are so exquisite, even moreso because they elude me...so I'll enjoy yours.

Sue Swift said...

Super photos - as ever.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love Hellebores - thanks for showing one in a new (for me) way.

snappy said...

Thanks Robin,My birds would love your nesting place I think...
Hi Kate,I will enjoy tomorrow (Thursday) whatever the weather will hold.I have worked four thirteen hour days in five days!Garden n birds tomorrow...
Hi Jodi,Someone told me they have had Hellebores growing for three years with no flowers.This is the first ones I hasve grown so maybe I have beginners luck to induce them to flower so beautifully!
Thanks Sue,I was talking to Cat about you and the Milanese Balcony gardens.I love your ingenuity in getting lots to flower in an enclosed space!
Thanks Mr Mcgregors daughter.I love looking at things in a new way too.The world seems fresher with different views :)

clairesgarden said...

beautiful!!