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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18 thoughts on “A Secret Garden”
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)
Very true the secret is out!! Thanks Eddie
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.
True, I could use colour too! Thanks Jude, I love to capture shallow DOF with my Nikon 105 micro lens. It does such a great job close up.
Lovely photos. Peonies are my favourite!
We are very grateful for the rain – our garden is really happy now!
Mine too! It’s raining again! Yay!
I love them too. But they are hard to photograph well. Sometimes beauty in real life can be a challenge to capture.
There is always something a bit magical when you can capture the water droplets on the petals.
So true, thanks Kathy
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.
Me too! Thanks Anabel
wonderful!!!! and the featured photo was just magic!! the burgundy peony is especially captivating too 🙂 beautiful photos!
Thanks Debi, good to know I picked the right photo to feature! 🙂 Really shallow Dof done right are my favourites, but it can be really easily to miss the mark.
you’re welcome Beth! I love them too. shaky hands make it quite entertaining! even with the tripod. lol
I get it. Which is why when shooting handheld I always shoot more than one photo. Sometimes a lot more and even then, disappointment! lol
These are all so gorgeous
Thanks so much Nora. It really is an amazing garden, so glad you liked the images.