A Secret Garden

Finally rain!  After it stopped, which was too short a time, I was out capturing raindrops on the foliage around my house. This is because I have a thriving shade garden without much colour other than green, so raindrops are the main attraction not flowers. On the other hand, my neighbour’s garden across the street is south facing and has many showy sun loving flowers.  She invited me to capture her new Peony, which I did as well as a few others along the way.

In order to write this post I had to learn the difference between Azaleas and Rhododendrons. This is confusing because while all Azaleas are Rhododendrons, not all Rhododendrons are Azaleas. They are really quite distinctive and easy to tell apart.  Generally Azaleas have 5 stamens (male part of the flower), 5 lobes (petals of the flower) and 1 stamen per lobe. Rhododendrons also have 5 lobes but 2 stamens per lobe which equals 10 stamens in total.  So I just counted stamens and easily identified them. These Azalea and Rhododendron grow in a protected area along the side of my neighbour’s house hidden from the street view. You can see the promise of a large garden but many beautiful aspects of her secret garden are only revealed upon invitation. Lucky me!


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Azalea blossoms








Azalea stamen


Very shallow depth of field


Rhododendron bud


Rhododendron blossoms


Lavender Bearded Iris


Mandevilla red velvet flower


Mandevilla red velvet  bud


Mandevilla red velvet flowers


Pink yellow Rose and bud


Black and white Rosebud


Shallow depth of field – Rose petals


Black and white flowers


Burgundy Peony petals


Petals and raindrops macro


Burgundy Peony close up




18 thoughts on “A Secret Garden

  1. Lucky you indeed and lucky us as well. We are not only able to view your fine photography but also your neighbor’s
    lovely garden. Thanks so much for taking these excellent photos that really give a perfect representation of these
    beautiful flowers. (the secret [garden] is out)

  2. I have a nagging feeling that there aren’t many yellow rhodies either so that might help! Lovely photos and I really like the shallow DOF ONES.

  3. So lovely. And a useful lesson – I shall start looking more closely at azaleas and rhododendrons now because I was never sure of the difference either.

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