FOTD 27th December 2019: Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

I planted my sweet peas from seed to add a bit of colour in my hedge. They have now added colour  in the surrounding meadows and are still spreading. Even the local gardener laughed when I told him that the sweet pea growing in between the trees were probably spread from my plants by seed. He laughed and said he suspected that something like that had happened. And so they remain and every year they appear again.

FOTD 27th December 2019: Sweet Pea

Flower of the Day: 02.09.2017 Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea 04.07 (2)

I planted a few seeds some years ago next to my hedge to brighten it up a bit. Since then they have grown and spread and even taken over some neighbouring meadows, They seem to remain in the basic colour of deep pink, but now and again I get a white bunch of flowers. I just love plants that are not bother and do it all by themself, even if they do get out of hand now and again.

Flower of the Day: 02.09.2017 Sweet Pea

Flower of the Day: 23.0 7.2017 Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea 02.06.2017

This time they are from my garden. I decided to have some everlasting sweet pea in the garden many years ago to brighten up the hedge. And they grew and grew and spread their seeds and now they are here to stay. They even spread to the wild flower meadow opposite and seem to be planning to take over. However, they are a pretty flower and they also disappear during the Winter, only to return with a vengence in Spring again.

Flower of the Day: 23.0 7.2017 Sweet Pea

Flower of the Day: 14.09.2016 Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea 11.09 (1)

There are more empty seed pods now hanging in the garden, than actually stalks full of flowers, but there are always the last flowers. I mainly got reddish shades this year, but now and again there were a few white sweet peas with touches of pink. This is probably one of the last of this year, but it made a good attempt to win the favour of my camera.

Flower of the Day: 14.09.2016 Sweet Pea

Flower of the Day: 30.07.2016 Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea 30.08 (4)

Yes, I did it. It was not the bee that happened to be at the right moment in the right place, nor was it the fact that I just happened to take a photo of one of my sweet peas that tend to climb all over the place in my garden. They have even infiltrated the natural grass part next to my garden. I only planted a handfull of everlasting sweet pea seeds once to add some colour to my privet hedge, and now the privet hedge is slowly disappearing beneath the weight of the climbing majority.

But I am digressing. As you may, or may not know, at the moment I am on a learning curve with my camera. No more instant scene photography, but all my own focussing and depth work, meaning that from 20 photos I take, about half go to the happy photo hunting grounds, if not more. Now and again I manage a unique photo. Just take the sweet pea. They have all reverted to the colour in the photo, although one specimen tends to be more white. I have been taking photos of this plant for at least a week, but I cannot get no satisfaction as Sir Mick Jagger said in the photographic sense of the word of course.

My photos are either a lighter shade of pale, whishy washy or blurred at the edges.  I now have this behind me, more or less. This photo appeared today on my camera, and I did a happy dance. Not only the colour of the sweet pea, but insect action as well.What could be better. I transformed the background to sort of non-existent (known as depth?) and tuned down the brightness. Yes I am getting there so after our Swiss National holiday on Monday, when everything is closed in Switzerland, I will take the plunge and order my macro lens, I think I am now ready for it.

Flower of the Day: 30.07.2016 Sweet Pea