Macro Monday #81

(click to enlarge to full size) A large deciduous shrub with grey-felted shoots. Grey-hairy leaves, flowers: pendent saucer-shaped purple-blue on long stalks. Commonly known as: Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlour maple.

garden photography: a rose garden

June is all about ‘the essence of summer’ (This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. ) My first thoughts about this month’s challenge was that summer in a garden…

garden photography: wild roses

In May I’m looking for Wild flowers (This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers…

Psoralea pinnata

Seen in New Zealand along the unpaved coast road to Ruapuke Beach, North Island. These shrubs were just growing alongside the road and caught my eye because of their beautiful violet-blue flowers. On getting closer I noticed that they have a very sweet honey-like subtle perfume. I thought that maybe it was a tea-tree / mānuka/kāhikatoa species,…

Bleu Magenta

A vigorous rambling shrub rose. The stunning flowers emerge crimson and fade to purple, with a density of petal colour that holds very well. The flowers are arranged in tight clusters, not trusses, to give big impact. It has moderate scent, with handsome, glossy foliage and good disease resistance.

Unknown Red

A lovely single flowering clear red rose with a beautiful simple shape.

Violacea (La Belle Sultane)

An 18th century Gallica Rose with almost single blooms of a wonderful, rich deep crimson, darker towards the edges and whiter at the centre. A bold group of golden stamens makes a beautiful contrast with the petal. A light spicy fragrance.    

Heaven Scent

A romantic seat in the walled garden at Mottisfont Abbey where the scent of roses hits you before you even enter. Go there during one of the late evening openings in June. Enclosed here, in three rose gardens covering four acres, are 700 varieties. Their combined perfume is extraordinary.

Henri Martin

An Old Rose (Moss Rose 1863) bred by Laffay, this lovely semi-double flower is a beautiful crimson colour. A very good cutting rose with a rich perfume.