This spring with everything blooming at once, I have found it good to get into the garden early in the morning. The pollution level is at its lowest and the flowers at their best before the heat of our 70+ degree days stresses them. I try to take great photos, but alas, I can’t see to capture the colors I spot with my eye. For example, I took the two photos below of the garden, same spot and before and after the sun hit the leaves of the Spanish bluebells. No matter what I did with the camera, you cannot see the brilliance of the bluebells and violets I saw with my naked eye.
Does my hand shake when I use my camera? Perhaps I am not handling this camera properly? Once upon a time I took great photos with my old Kodak camera, which used film. One thing I intend to do after I finish my program in May is get busy with a camera again. Perhaps I will take a course and learn how to use a digital camera properly?
I really don’t want to lay out more $$ for a new camera, but needs must. Currently, I am using a little Nikkon but I think I will return to using my Canon Powershot.
I am way off the topic I intended to cover today, which is volunteer plants in the garden. I have tried over the years to remove the violets, wild strawberry, English Ivy, and dandelions as they emerge. Last night our favorite TV weather guy told us that owing to the early spring, the weeds are out in force. I can see this myself. The “weeds” I list above are the nice weeds compared with some of the newer villains. By nice I mean they have a redeeming feature or two, whereas the bad weeds have none. For example take Dandelion. The weather reporter was lying on his tummy in the grass chomping on Dandelion greens. Heck, I have seen them for sale in the organic market. Commerce being what it is, these Dandelion greens were HUGE. OMG does this mean the weeds of the future will be supersized? Sometimes I want to choke those people who keep meddling with nature.
Truth is, nothing is very natural anymore. Most of the forests we claim as our National Treasure date to the 1900s, when environmentalists began to fight the good fight, and many forests like our local Prince William Forest were planted in the 1930s. Even then, it takes all we have to protect them. How many folks are as bothered by Off-Road Vehicles as me? Why in the Hades does the government let them into nature preserves?
Am I very wicked? Every time the gas prices escalate I laugh in my sleeve. I hate gas-powered vehicles. My biggest problem is with lawn mowers and leaf blowers, but off-road vehicles are next on the list. Unfortunately, the people who use these conveniences are those least affected by the price of gas. Get rid of all the cars on the road and we will still be plagued by lawn mowers.
You see how easily I am diverted when the topic changes to air pollution. If you have asthma it is no laughing matter. What is the matter with people who blithely foul their own nest?
Anyway, back to volunteers in the garden. I did not plant the violets, my neighbor did. Ditto the Spanish bluebells which now populate most of my flower beds. These little plants do extremely well in our area. I tried going ‘native’ a few years ago, planting things that are native to Virginia, and ridding myself of those plants that are not. Toward that end, I planted Virginia bluebells (pictured below).
The blue of these flowers if not as striking as the blue in the Spanish bluebells or the grape hyacinths or the Brunnera which have reproduced everywhere. However, the little plant I put in the ground last year has spread into a patch about 18″ across. This makes me wonder if the Virginia bluebells will join the other plants in a free-for-all? By the way, the little blue flower in the right lower corner of the photo is Brunnera which is indeed blue if not very large. I do love blue.
Below is the Wikipedia photo of the Virginia bluebell. Maybe it is my camera?
Virginia Bluebells (Photo credit: Wikipedia)