Inspiration

I was running out of ideas for a blog post since I haven’t had a chance to make or do anything this week, and Ruth suggested an Inspiration post. We’ve had a lot of rain recently, but actually had a couple of dry and even briefly sunny days so I went out in the garden to get some inspiration. I was hoping for a variety of colours and textures, but after a 3 1/2 month long heatwave, brown is the dominant colour in the garden! The first thing which caught my eye was a large teasel plant. The leaves at the base were really interesting:

This one has a spider on it too:

I got a photo of a whole seed head:

And a close up of the spiky edge:

One plant which does have some nice new growth is a large sedum I have. I rescued this from a house at the end of the street about 20 years ago when the previous owners moved out!

This has more interesting colours, the whole top will flower then turn deep red:

I don’t even remember this Centaurea (cornflower) flowering, but it has a really interesting seed-head. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it reminds me of owl feathers

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This is a common ‘weed’ in the UK, a Plantain (plantago). The little seeds look like oats:

I don’t know if you remember Ruth’s post about Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) recently, but I had quite a few really big ones in my garden, we call them Rosebay Willowherb here. Though I’ve just been looking it up on Wikipedia, and I might have actually had a related plant, the Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum). Either way, both plants have really great seed pods, and seeds, here are some from mine:

The last plant I managed to get some nice photos of is my small Sage shrub. It has really texturey leaves, quite hairy too when they’re young, and they turn interesting colours if they die too:

I hope you enjoyed those photos, feel free to use any for inspiration, and if you do, it’d be great to see what you make!

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9 Responses to Inspiration

  1. tracey2008 says:

    I love teasels, my friend has just given me some for indoor display, which saves me ‘relocating’ some from the great outdoors….Great shots of the cornflower seed head, very arty, and yes they look like tawny owl feathers.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Tracey šŸ™‚
      Have yours got any seeds in? I planted teasels quite a few years ago, and they spread far/quickly. I see them growing in the verges by pavements/fences right down the road now!

    • tracey2008 says:

      No I have never actually grown any, but will put it on my to do list.

  2. ruthlane says:

    Great photos Zed. I love the teasel leaves. I have some of the pods in my studio. I always find something of interest from nature to inspire me.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth šŸ™‚
      Yeah, the leaves are great, so much texture, and at least a little bit of green!

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Nice photos Zed. Iā€™m always amazed at the different species around the world..Nature is always inspirational.

  4. Beautiful photos Zed! Teasels are fascinating and I love the way sedum blossoms into masses of red. The seed head really does look like owl feathers!

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn šŸ™‚
      Yeah, I’m looking forward to the colour of the sedum and the little star shapes as it dries/dies.

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