Each month I challenge myself to come up with something to put together for the monthly ‘My Garden Bouquet’ Meme hosted by Noelle over at Ramblings from a Desert Garden. For once I’m running a little ahead of time, rather than behind, but Noelle would welcome you to join in and you can find out more about it at the end of her latest post.
The Monthly Garden Bouquet is a good challenge to have, because it makes me look more carefully at my garden. It also makes me think about the work I need to do to make it more bountiful throughout the seasons in future.
My effort this month is as informal (ham-fisted 😀 ) as always, but is unusual for me in terms of colour…
A white and silver toned bouquet is very restrained for me, as I generally go for colour. Soft colours maybe, but I do instinctively reach for colour. Unfortunately the few flowers in different colours that were available in my garden clashed with each other, so I had to think again. My eyes turned to my lovely soft white camellia.
My ‘Early Pearly’ camellia has been the star of the garden since mid April, when, true to it’s name, it starts flowering before any other camellia in my garden. My ‘Early Pearly’ is still a fairly small shrub, but it has a lovely soft weeping habit and beautiful dark green glossy leaves. It also has the loveliest white flowers that emerge from pink tinged buds. The petals even look pretty when fallen and shattered beneath the bush.
I was quite frustrated that my bouquet photos were all either washed out by the flash or slightly fuzzy in the low light without it. I must sit down and learn more about photography one day. Another thing to add to the ‘to do’ list! Still, what’s life if there are no new challenges on the horizon!