Sunday, March 5

Camera Shy - #mygardenrightnow

To put this post into context, this is my contribution to a project being organised by Michelle at Veg Plotting - if you feel so inclined I'm sure she would be happy for you to join in or just pop over the have a nosy at the other contributions.

The brief is to post a photograph of you in your garden or on your plot during this weekend and explain what you are doing.

I'm not one who courts the camera as it is rarely kind to me and so as you can see I have employed some avoidance tactics.

As people who visit my blog regularly will be only too well aware, I am rarely without my camera. At the moment the area at the side of our house - sometime dubbed the woodland bed - is providing me with the most number of photography opportunities. As shown on my post on Wednesday, the hellebores are at their best and are intermingled by clumps of, now fading, snowdrops so here I am photographing more hellebores.


Not all hellebores are as accommodating as the ones that I featured in my post on Wednesday.

Some like me are far more camera shy. They hang their heads modestly hiding  - unlike me - their beauty.

These individuals also seem to hide away as far out of reach as they can, so in order to capture them on camera, I had to carefully creep amongst the plants. Even then I had to use my finger or a convenient stick in order to tilt their head upwards.

The following collage show my efforts.
After the photography session it was a quick change into allotment garb and we were off to the plot

Very little is actually growing on the plot but there is plenty of tidying to complete. Martyn also completed a little project that we had planned but more of that later.

Just before we came home we gathered together a harvest. There were still some sprouts to pick to add to the usual mix of winter vegetables - leeks, parsnips and carrots. 
That should keep us nicely supplied for a week or so.

I'm also linking this post to Harvest Monday over at Dave's blog - Our Happy Acres. I hope he doesn't mind that I wrote the post on Saturday!



30 comments:

  1. I see my tweet and your post going up coincided Sue. I'm so pleased you decided to show yourself after all - it gives a nice insight into how your garden/plot and photography/blogging go together. Fantastic hellebores and allotment harvest too.

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    1. I was always going to provide what you asked for, Michelle it was just a matter of how :-)

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  2. Your hellebores are just beautiful. It's sometimes difficult to say how beautiful as I find the internet has become a place of overused adjectives these days. Everything is Beautiful or Amazing or Magical and the words loose their power. Oooops, going off on a tangent there ~~~
    Camera shy here too, so the only photo you will see of me in my garden is if my shadow slips in the composition!

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    1. It is difficult to not be drawn into the over exuberance, Deborah and then when people say something is amazing you wonder whether they mean it

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  3. I've never grown hellebores but I'm hoping to start this year and seeing your images makes me even more determined to find a place for some in my overcrowded garden. Thanks for sharing your pictures ☺

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    1. Hi Nic, thanks for the comment. The hellebores are planted in a bed under a large magnolia so in summer it is quite shady. The hellebores then are really just green ground cover. I have written more about the bed on my website on this page It's just outside of a house window and so is something pleasant to look out on on ealy spring.

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  4. Nice to see you crouching in the hellebore patch, Sue, and the results of your work which are beautiful. I'm hoping the hellebores here will one day be a bigger patch, they're certainly seeding themselves around. Have your hellebores cross-pollinated?

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    1. I think so, Caro as I seem to have far more colours than I remember buying.

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  5. That's a clever way of putting your photo on the blog, Sue. And what a lot of hellebores you have. Do you cut them to bring indoors? I found they look lovely with the flower heads floating on water in a shallow bowl

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    1. Devious eh, Margaret? No I don;t cut the hellebores. I don't like to cut from the garden which is why I have a cutting patch on the plot.

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  6. Your beautiful hellebores convinced me to buy three this year to put in a shady spot under a crabapple tree. I am now waiting impatiently for the weather to improve for spring planting. DebS

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    1. I hope that they do well for you, Debs. Your three should seed about.

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  7. Fabulous hellebores, wow. They look so impressive all together in your collage. Lovely to see you in situ in the garden and down on the plot. That's a great harvest still, lucky you. The pigeons are eating away at my purple sprouting broccoli which is just about the only thing I have coming along at the moment, except for some rocket.

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    1. Our broccoli is covered by enviromesh ti protect from pigeons, CJ but there is one problem and that is that it is not producing anything to protect.

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  8. Good to see you Sue :) You are less camera shy than me - only a hand and a foot strayed into my photos. What goes on in the hellebore bed for the rest of the year? Your box of winter veg puts me to shame. Must do better this year.

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    1. The bed is really at its best now, Anna. It's mainly greenery for the rest of the year and once the magnolia leafs up is is a very shady area. The birds are the flowers in this area later. Other parts is the garden take centre stage in summer.

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  9. What a wonderful selection of hellebores! Loved them and the camera shy images of you.xxx

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    1. Thanks, Dina. I I am good at photo avoidance. You should see me scurrying out of the way when, Martyn is on the prowl filminhpg his videos. I do allow neck down shots though as the film of the sowing shows.

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  10. That's a good harvest. Showing that if you can plan, you can be getting a good harvest even at the end of Winter. Those Hellebores are great. They can be buggers to photograph - you've done so wonderfully.

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    1. We are hoping to add some greens for winter next year Gwenfar. Hellebores and I have a lot in common when it comes to being photographed. :-)

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  11. I never realised just how extensive your hellebore patch is! It does look good. I absolutely detest seeing photos of me. There are plenty from Australia and each time they've made me feel very old all of a sudden. Needless to say, they won't be appearing on the blog!

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    1. I liked your version of an avoidance tactic. The camera can be cruel.

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  12. That is such a lovely collection of hellebores, Sue! We set out four last year, and they are blooming now but of course they are still quite small. Nice harvest of veggies too. And don't tell anyone but I usually write my Monday post on Saturday too!

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    1. We just bought a couple of collections at first, Dave and they were only small plants. Since then they have bulked up and self seed enthusiastically. As for the post writing - your secret is safe with me :-)

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  13. It's not clear from your picture that you dressed up for the shot.
    Just joking Sue you look rather sweet.

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    1. My clothing allowance isn't as extravagant as yours, Roger :-)

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  14. Those hellebores are spectacular! I'm camera shy too - perhaps not so much when friends are about and sharing the spotlight but just me, on my own? No thank you. Lovely harvest and love the box too, btw - very patriotic :)

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    1. I hadn't noticed that the box was patriotic, Margaret.

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  15. That's beautiful looking Hellebores! Good to see your photo in the allotment! Good harvest!

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    1. I seem to be popping up fleetingly in Martn's videos too, Malar

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