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Spot The Red

Barbie alerted me to an amazing competition in  SA Garden magazine for gardeners called “Spot The Red photo competition”. The 1st prize is a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera and the second prize is a Nikon COOLPIX S3100. To enter the competition, gardeners are required to submit a photograph of a red item in their garden. The “red item” can be anything from a bug, a field of red flowers or a tree with red apples. The blurb goes on to say “It doesn’t matter whether you are a wildlife amateur photographer or a happy snapper, or if you have one red rose in a pot or a mass of red in your backyard – we want to see your photos“.

I don’t have much red in my garden. In fact, hardly any red at all. I have a small area in the back where I have been playing around with adding red which includes two small red Impatiens that look like they are on their way out (was an experimental planting), some Salvia and apart from that, I don’t really grow red flowers. I’m not sure why, except that red would clash with my predominantly pink, white and blue garden. I have the odd red camellia that works well and the red berries on the Nandina are lovely (and don’t clash) so I don’t have much to offer in the way of “red” photos.

Nonetheless I trawled through my archive of photographs from 2011 and these are the best of my red offerings. Photographically none are up to standard to submit for a photo competition, but it was fun looking for the red in my garden and I thought I would share …

[one_half]Red leaves on Nandina pygmaeaRed leaves on Nandina pygmaea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]… as seen in the planting scheme... as seen from afar[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Red markings on the RooibeksysieRed markings on the Rooibeksysie[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Red colour to attract the birds *Red colour to attract the birds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Red Calibrachoa peeping through LamiumRed Calibrachoa peeping through Lamium[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bit of red on the fallen FuchsiaBit of red on the fallen Fuchsia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Red flowers on the Salvia coccineaRed flowers on the Salvia [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Red hand beaded rose ornament **Red handbeaded rose ornament *[/one_half_last]

* The nectar feeder I bought came with a small bottle of red food dye and instructions to add a drop or two the first time you set it up as red attracts the birds. Once the birds know about the feeder you can stop adding the dye. This photo from the archives of when I first set it up.

** The hand beaded rose ornament I bought from a street vendor – local women hand bead these lovely garden ornaments –  I like to support them as this is usually their only form of income.

So there you have it … that’s all the “Red” I have to offer!
What RED do you have in Your garden?

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And the award for Miss Photogenic goes to …

Just a short while ago I was bemoaning the fact that everything in my garden seems so “white”, with white blooms everywhere and not much colour left, after the crazy flower-flush of spring bulbs had passed. Reviewing all the suggestions I was given of making my garden “pop” with colour once again, I decided I liked the idea of black petunias in and amongst all the white to create a “sophisticated” garden.

As it usually happens when I am out looking for something specific, I won’t find it, but get sucked into all sorts of other options. And so it was that I finally planted two small fuchsias in the Camellia bed which I think will work quite well along the shaded wall area. In the front of the Camellia bed which gets a bit more light and a sniff of sun, I repeated last years exercise of planting a few Petunias. I’m not a great lover of Petunias, but have to concede that they create an almost instant colour spectacle which I feel my summer garden needs.

I’ve never had fuchsias before and only noticed just how lovely they are when I pointed my camera at them, and now I can’t stop photographing them. How gorgeous are these little flowers? And what an absolute delight they are to photograph. I can’t decide which of my new “colour pops” is the most photogenic, but I think…

The award goes to …


And the Runners up are …

[one_half]Little white and pink FuchsiaLittle white and pink Fuschia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The blue PetuniasThe blue Petunias[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Bright pink Gerbera daisyBright pink Gerbera daisy[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bright pink PetuniasBright pink Petunias[/one_half_last]

See … instant colour!

Those Gerbera daisies are SO SO cute I feel a post dedicated to them coming up! I was lured by their cuteness at the nursery today. All these little pots with Gerberas winking at me and I only bought 2! Think I better go back and get more … if I can decide where to put them 🙂

Whats your favourite flower to photograph?

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Bragging about Roses

So I have to brag a bit here – thanks for the beautiful photograph entitled “Rose for you” that you sent me last night! Its beautiful – the rose and the photograph!

For our readers … the rose is from Barbie’s garden and she took the photograph with her new camera and new-found talent for photography. How beautiful is it? As a lover of roses it was the perfect e-gift for me! I’m such a novice gardener that I am frankly very wary of trying my hand at maintaining a rose bush in my garden so I often buy roses to put in vases in my house. Maybe one day I will feel confident enough to actually have one in my garden.

Have a wonderful gardening week!