Inspiration Photos

I’ve still not decided on a photo to work from for Ruth’s Fauvism Challenge. I’ve looked through lots of my landscape ones, and have narrowed it down to a couple, and I planned on making the background this week. Then we had the boiler changed, a 1 day job which still hasn’t been finished a week later, so apart from the mess everywhere taking up my tables, I can only have the hot water on if I have the heating on too! It was really sunny on Saturday and Sunday so I thought I’d take some inspiration photos in the garden instead. I know nearly everyone hates dandelions, but I like them. And Galina does too, so at least one other person will like my photos! I loved these two growing close together like pom-poms:

I took this one on the Saturday after I’d been doing some tidying up in the garden, when I zoomed in, I saw how filthy it was!

I don’t know how many different types of actual Dandelions there are, but it’s amazing how different they look at different stages of growth:

And they look different during the day, depending how open they are:

I was surprised to see some tulips blooming this year. The last couple of years they just grew leaves, so I thought they were too old, I’d probably had them in the same tubs for 10 years, so I tipped them out onto a compost heap, where 4 of them decided they liked it! It looks like the sun is lighting them up, but I took these two when it was shady, it’s just their colouring:

This one is blurred, but I liked the shapes:

I took this when it was sunny:

One flower I have masses of is wild geraniums, they grow everywhere. They look nice, but strangle everything else, and smell like a cat has been marking its territory 😦

I know it’s not felt or fibre, but I hope these photos give some inspiration to some of you πŸ™‚

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13 Responses to Inspiration Photos

  1. Leonor says:

    Zed, you’re the second person in two day’s time to mention yellow dandelions on a post! The reason this is amazing to me is, I had no idea there were other than white dandelions in this world πŸ˜€
    Lovely tulips! Glad they’re enjoying the compost bin and decided to revive.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Leonor πŸ™‚
      I always tip old plants there to give them an extra chance! I had no idea there were white dandelions!

  2. Lyn says:

    I’ve never seen a white dandelion before either! I think they’re beautiful flowers and when the yellow petals go, there’s a pretty ‘clock’ of seed heads.
    Sorry to hear about your boiler work dragging on – at least it’s not freezing cold weather at the mo so it could be worse.
    There’s a front garden, down the road from mine, with a sea of tulips in many different colours – it’s a beautiful sight.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks Lyn πŸ™‚
      I think it’d be easier if it was freezing cold, we only have ON or OFF for both heating/water, so every time we want to wash up, have to put up with a couple of radiators heating up, not fun when it’s 20C out! Today’s cold so it was alright this morning!
      I had so many tulips, they were gorgeous, if I get more, I’ll plant them out, not in tubs.

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s always nice to see flowers and color even if they are dandelions. You can always make dandelion wine. :-). Or perhaps use them for dyeing. Have fun with the challenge.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn πŸ™‚
      I like seeing the mutants, there’s usually a couple of ‘conjoined twins’ coming through the paving cracks, and I saw one which seemed to be 6 joined together!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Wow, it makes you wonder what’s in the soil.

    • zedster66 says:

      Probably stones, but I’ve found paint pots before. It was the car park of old flats before our houses were built, and I think lots of rubbish is underneath the horrible clay.

  4. ruthlane says:

    Great photos Zed. I never heard of white dandelions either. My daffodils are starting to come up but no flowers yet.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      Most of my daffodils have finished now, I still have a few Winter/early spring flowering shrubs though, so it’s not just 4 tulips and 100 dandelions! I’ve got lots more to plant so it should brighten up all the rainy days to come in Summer!

  5. Nature photos always inspire me, particularly with felting, but also with weaving. It also helps to have a good camera, like the one you use, for the close-ups. In the climate around Chicago, we really need to plant our bulbs in the autumn for spring flowers and I always forget that fact until spring.

    • zedster66 says:

      Yeah, we’re ment to plant daffs and tulips in Autumn, too, and I always forget. I wish I could get to the garden centre more regularly, and have something nice all year round.

  6. I like dandy lions. what more can you want than a flower that takes care of itself. they are Lovely yellow highlights in a sea of green(lawn). I have never seen yellow dandelions either. Leonor You will have to share a picture with us. the scillas and snow drops are blooming here and tulips and daffs and hyacinths are just leaves yet.

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