The best tip on reading poetry I picked up when studying English at Liverpool University was from a lovely, quirky, thoughtful tutor, then Doctor, now Professor, Philip Davis. Continue reading “A thought for poetry lovers”
Rose blooms are variable. When taking pictures, take the time to search out the flower you like most, or try photographing several. If you would have expected all the roses on a single plant to be exactly the same, you’re in for a surprise. Continue reading “Tips for photographing roses 4: choose your subject wisely”
In winter months in England, there are days when gardeners cling to plant catalogues as if they are all we have of spring. Continue reading “Plant catalogue reviews: North Green Snowdrops”
Ever seen a field of yellow sunflowers in an open field in Tuscany, all obediently facing the same way? It’s a beautiful sight, though it always looks a little eerie to me – such clear proof of the irresistible pull of the sun.
If they were humans, we can be sure there’d be a few rebels amongst them. But plants tend to grow to face the sun to a greater or lesser extent. Continue reading “Tips for photographing roses 3: work with nature, not against it”
Peonies are some of my favourite cottage garden plants. It was a pleasure to be able to catch Arley Hall’s collection of plants in flower in the twin borders of the kitchen garden during early to mid June.