Floral

Wrong Dress

As soon as she entered the ballroom she knew she had chosen the wrong dress.

As soon as she entered the ballroom she knew she had chosen the wrong dress - Ellie Kennard 2017
As soon as she entered the ballroom she knew she had chosen the wrong dress – Ellie Kennard 2017

The rhododendron by the washing line is particularly lovely this year and I was admiring it late one afternoon when I suddenly noticed that there was someone at the party of frilly floral frocks who had not chosen the right dress for the occasion. What I particularly liked was how proud she appeared in spite of the ordinary yellow outfit. She was the one who stood out!

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Breaking Out Of The Deep-Freeze

Where have I been lately? It must seem to my regular readers as if I have been in a time warp, or frozen in our great white North! Well it’s been a little like both, so I hope you will forgive me. I can’t write much at the moment, but I thought that even just sharing a photograph is better than doing nothing.

Breaking Out of the Deep-freeze: Frozen flowers - Ellie Kennard 2017
Breaking Out of the Deep-freeze – Ellie Kennard 2017

I have been doing a lot of cooking in the time when I seemed to be inactive and finally realized that I had to clear out the frozen flowers that have been in my deep freeze for over a year! So with fond memories of summers past, like ghosts of their former selves, and looking forward to more flowers to come when (finally) the snow goes, here is one of them. I love how there does seem to be ghostly outlines of the blooms behind, and the stronger ones in the front. I am making my way to the front again, I hope.

White Rose’s Glowing Heart of Summer

White Rose's Glowing Heart of Summer : Ellie Kennard 2016
White Rose’s Warm Heart : Ellie Kennard 2016

With the chilly temperatures of autumn creeping into our bones in Nova Scotia, I felt like seeing a flashback to the drowsy heat of summer. This white rose in multiple exposure shows the warm glow inside the cool white petals. This beautiful flower was blooming in the middle of Halifax in the public gardens which are like a quiet oasis of peace with the bustling of the city surrounding it. As the gardens in the city, the heart of a flower is an oasis of visual sweetness for the visitor to sit and contemplate, just as it is literally for nectar seeking insects. I hope this warm-hearted rose has brought back a memory of summer days and taken some of the chill you might be feeling from the cold damp days of autumn.

Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia_hirta) lighting up the undergrowth - Ellie Kennard 2016
Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia_hirta) lighting up the undergrowth – Ellie Kennard 2016

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. https://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/

Fall Hydrangeas

Autumn Hydrangea - Ellie Kennard 2016
Autumn Hydrangea – Ellie Kennard 2016

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.

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Garden Jester!

Jester Hat, Day Lily multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Jester Hat, Day Lily multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

In another burst of fiery colour, the day lily here as shown in a multiple exposure looks as delightful as the hat worn by a jester of old.

I was visiting the garden of a friend during a BBQ get-together and while others were chatting I wandered around among their flowers with my camera. They had some of the most exquisite blooms as well as a profusion of wonderful vegetables (believe me, they have more than their fair share of green fingers and green thumbs between them) and this one cried out to be photographed multiple times. So I couldn’t resist. As the cooler autumn advances too quickly, I hope this might cheer us all with the warm memories of summer evenings with friends.

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Blue Hydrangea Posy

Blue Hydrangea summer posy - Ellie Kennard 2016
Blue Hydrangea summer posy – Ellie Kennard 2016
 Blue hydrangeas have twice been a special gift from friends. This year Linda, who was going away during the time they would be blooming in her garden, asked me to pick them so they wouldn’t be wasted. It was a double gift as I hadn’t been able to pick any and so my Steven went and got them for me and presented them as a beautiful blue bunch.

These striking flowers seem to have been dyed this wonderful shade, though I know they grow like this completely naturally, their colour coming from minerals in the soil. It seems, too, that they are not meant to be kept for longer than their natural lives as, unlike other hydrangeas, they don’t seem to dry well, just withering and becoming pale and sad looking.

I wanted to keep these blooms a little longer so I took multiple exposures of several of them and combined them in a posy for us all to enjoy. Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

Day Lily Delight

Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016
Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016

Original Post: August 13, 2016 – photo links to Blur photo gallery

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

As I am rescuing images and posts from Google+ I found this photo taken in 2012 of Day Lilies and it seemed a good place to put them.

Day Lilies after the Rain - Ellie Kennard 2012
Day Lilies after the Rain – Ellie Kennard 2012

Original Post: July 176, 2012 – 198/366 – Day Lilies after the Rain – photo links to Floral photo gallery

It seems that it is raining everywhere except where it needs it most. We need a lot of rain and we did have a very cloudy day with a few showers. But no real good downpours or nice steady rain. The day lily flower only lasts for one day (hence the name). There are day lilies everywhere at this time of year and I would consider this one of the most common. That doesn’t make it any less lovely in my opinion.

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me

He loves me, he loves me not - Ellie Kennard 2016
He loves me, he loves me not – Ellie Kennard 2016

 The humble daisy flower has an extraordinary ability. Children and adults the world over have plucked its petals one by one, looking for the answer to the age-old question ‘He loves me, he loves me not’. This flower, it appears, can reliably answer and, in so doing, define the future for the enquirer. Who would have credited such knowledge to such a modest, simple flower?