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Blossoms · It’s spring. I have a gar­den, a cam­er­a, and a blog. What more need be said? ...
 
Native Mock Orange · Wikipedia does not list this among the com­mon names of Philadel­phus_lewisii but that’s what we call it. At the mo­ment it is a wild erup­tion of blos­soms and per­fume, ac­tu­al­ly man­ag­ing to out­shine the ros­es, which are in full-on at­tack mode too ...
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Springies · I used to run lots of flow­er pix; it was al­most a trade­mark for this blog in its ear­ly days. Their ab­sence hasn’t been a mat­ter of pol­i­cy; what­ev­er men­tal sub­sys­tem it is that pulls the cam­era up to the eye op­er­ates sev­er­al lev­els be­low the one where I think about things. But the sun was just right af­ter sup­per tonight ...
 
Every Year This Time · Th­ese lit­tle guys show up in our front gar­den, and ev­ery year this time I run pho­tos of ’em, not that there’s any­thing re­al­ly new or dif­fer­ent com­pared to pre­vi­ous years; but they’re whis­per­ing “Spring!” in vi­o­let and yel­low, so how could I not share? ...
 
Springies · Two wet rho­dos and a tri­col­or car­pet ...
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Same Old Sex Organs · Of plants, I mean, of course. Which is to say, around this time ev­ery year I get all de­ranged about the flow­ers and in­flict loads of pic­tures of them on you. If this sort of pho­to­graph­ic cliché of­fends or (worse) bores you, stop right now and move on to the next blog ...
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Pink Edges · Just a tulip, and most­ly out of fo­cus at that ...
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2011 Crocus! · I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in 2009 I wrote “I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in ev­ery pre­vi­ous year I’ve run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of the spring’s first cro­cus­es, that’s not a rea­son not to run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of this spring’s first crocus”, that’s not a rea­son not to run one in 2011 ...
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Wet Spring · We’ve been hav­ing one, just as the garden’s cit­i­zens have been in maximum-reproductive-frenzy mod­e, which I’m afraid leads to hor­rid overindul­gence in pho­to­graph­ic cliché. But they sure are pret­ty ...
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First Day of Spring · There’s an off­i­cal def­i­ni­tion; on the ra­dio some­one says “Spring be­gins Wed­nes­day at 3:18PM” or some such. For me, it’s the first day I can go out in the yard with the kids af­ter sup­per and shoot flow­ers while they hit balls and squab­ble over side­line call­s ...
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Leaf Compacting With Children · It’s like this: You’re out in the yard, rak­ing up the leaves that you didn’t get to last fal­l, pil­ing ’em in­to the big yard-waste bin, and the 3½-year-old is wan­der­ing around pre­tend­ing to help. Pret­ty soon the bin will be look­ing full while there are still lots of dead leaves that need to go in. Here’s what you do: You hoist the child up in the air and an­nounce “You’re a squish­er! Straight legs!” Then use the kid like a pile-driver to make room in the bin. Up-down up-down; the leaves com­pact amaz­ing­ly and the child is squeal­ing with glee. The on­ly down­side is that for the rest of the day, you’ll be hear­ing “Leaves need squish­ing again, Daddy?” ap­prox­i­mate­ly ev­ery 45 sec­ond­s.
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Junepix 2: Purple on Purple · The ti­tle about says it; both kinds of pur­ple are flow­er­s ...
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Royal Sunset Again · Yes, I run pic­tures of this one par­tic­u­lar plant’s blos­soms all the time. I can’t help my­self, par­tic­u­lar­ly when the sun goes to work adding dra­ma ...
 
Native Mock Orange · Of­fi­cial­ly Philadel­phus lewisii; can I say “Philly Lew”? Out here in Pa­cif­ic Time we call it “Native” be­cause it is ...
 
Gryphon Rose · The rose is a Mme. Al­fred Carrière, the gryphon is just a gar­den or­na­men­t ...
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Spanish Bluebells · They’re pret­ty, but they’re ag­gres­sive. Many of those in this pic­ture, tak­en on­ly a few days ago, are now his­to­ry, slaugh­tered to make grow­ing room for some­thing we like bet­ter ...
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Tulips · We plant­ed a bunch a cou­ple of years back, and now you get a chance to look at a few ev­ery spring if you wan­t. Th­ese two are white and vi­o­let with slinky stem­s ...
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Northern-Hemisphere, Anyway · Either an Ice­land pop­py or a Welsh pop­py. Alex Waterhouse-Hayward fa­vors the lat­ter and he’s a se­ri­ous flow­er geek so you can prob­a­bly take that to the bank ...
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Trillium, etc. · A pho­to of a three-petaled flow­er on a plant whose leaves come al­so in triples ...
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Crocus! · I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in ev­ery pre­vi­ous year I’ve run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of the spring’s first cro­cus­es, that’s not a rea­son not to run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of this spring’s first cro­cus ...
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Trying Again · Be­ing three pho­tographs of a lone­ly old rose. In June of 2004 I said I’ll try again next year, and I did too but this is an elu­sive tar­get; fol­low that link to read why. This year, what with the cool spring, it didn’t bloom till Septem­ber ...
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Wet Botanicals · Ju­ly was an ex­cel­lent mon­th, al­most all sun­shine. My flower-photo mo­jo had pret­ty well run dry, but then out walk­ing af­ter a show­er, there were all these droplet-laden blos­soms and there I was shoot­ing away ...
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Wet, with Forget-me-nots · Tulip­s, I mean. Our front yard is ri­ot of tulips all shout­ing “Look at me!” It rained and I thought “wet tulip­s, mmmm”, and by co­in­ci­dence three of them had forget-me-nots some­where in the frame ...
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Tulips! · This will not be of in­ter­est to those who are here for the tech­nol­o­gy; move right along. It will al­so not be of in­ter­est to se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­pher­s, who scoff at bright pret­ty pic­tures of bright pret­ty flow­er­s ...
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The Anticipation of Pleasure · I plan to re-use that ti­tle once each spring­time as long as I go on writ­ing this. This year, tulips about to open ...
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Early Spring · I fi­nal­ly got around to un­load­ing the mem­o­ry card from the pock­et cam and gosh, were there ev­er a lot of gar­den shots on it. Hey, Spring is hap­pen­ing, which means these pages will be flower-infested for some weeks now. If you like flow­ers at al­l, you’ll prob­a­bly agree that the lit­tle Ri­coh has a gift for ’em ...
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Purple Raindrops · Three pic­tures of droplet-studded vi­o­let cro­cus­es. Spring sun­shine is love­ly, but there are things to like about spring rain too. With some cam­era com­men­tary ...
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F.C.o.t.Y · “First Cro­cus of the Year”, I mean to say. For me it’s a ma­jor tran­si­tion when, af­ter the months of grey, our gar­den starts to have some colour in it. Not the best cro­cus pho­to ev­er, and prob­a­bly not the best cro­cus­es ei­ther. But they’re im­por­tant to me ...
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Spring? · We’ve had snow on the ground for days and days and days, which is not how it’s sup­posed to be in Van­cou­ver in Fe­bru­ary. To­day fi­nal­ly some sun, and signs of Spring even ...
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Winter Magnolia · I’ve pho­tographed this mem­ber of the Plant King­dom any num­ber of times, even wear­ing snow. Those who feel this hap­pens too of­ten can have their mon­ey back ...
 
Early Autumn · I spent time with the ba­by in the gar­den this af­ter­noon, and we both had fun ...
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Echinaceas · This is the sec­ond on­go­ing post which more or less just two pic­tures of Echi­nacea blos­som­s. Hope that’s OK ...
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Honeysuckle · This one is al­ways a mid­sum­mer high­light; I’m sure it’ll keep ap­pear­ing here as long as I live next to it ...
 
July Flowers · They’re ev­ery­where. This one is or­ange (a nas­tur­tium) ...
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The Number of the Rose · The ti­tle refers ob­vi­ous­ly to the Um­ber­to Eco work which any­one who cares about knowl­edge and its preser­va­tion ought to read if on­ly for fun; but the pic­ture refers on­ly to it­self. With ex­e­ge­sis from Lar­ry Wal­l. [Oh, my; give this au­di­ence a chance to in­dulge in lin­guis­tic pedantry and, well, you don’t have to ask twice. If you like this kind of stuff, don’t miss the com­ments.] ...
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Irises · The ros­es keep go­ing for month­s, some of them in­to au­tum­n; the iris­es are here on­ly for a few days. So they have to try hard­er ...
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Roses! · Yes, they’re out ...
 
Three Flowers · I’m pro­gram­ming these days in an en­vi­ron­ment that makes me grumpy, so I con­sole my­self by shoot­ing flow­er­s. Th­ese are es­pe­cial­ly tasty, I think ...
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Lensing · Two pret­ty pic­tures of Western Trum­pet Honey­suck­le (Lon­icera Cil­iosa) blos­som­s, tak­en with very dif­fer­ent lens­es; for both cam­era and flow­er geek­s ...
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White · Here­with a cou­ple of shots of young, half-formed Astilbe flow­er­s. [Up­date:] Oop­s, I had the wrong end of the stick. Th­ese are ac­tu­al­ly “Native Solomon’s Seal” (Smi­lacina race­mosa). But they grow where the Astilbes do (or ac­tu­al­ly, where they will, in a cou­ple of month­s) ...
 
Orange · Man, I love Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies. Along with the cheery but in­tense colour, the petals’ rough-ish tex­tures make me think of Ja­panese ar­chi­tec­tural wood­work. [Hm­ph. It’s been sug­gest­ed that these are Ice­land pop­pies. Maybe so.] ...
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Trillium Again · I said I wasn’t go­ing to post flow­ers ev­ery day but I un­load­ed the lit­tle cam­era and found this sub­dued tril­li­um ...
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Dueling Daffodils · As I not­ed yes­ter­day, I was hav­ing no luck with pic­tures of daf­fodil­s. The prob­lem is that the out­er fringe of petals is so much lighter than the in­ner trum­pet that it’s hard to make the trum­pet look good with­out over-exposing the fringe. I’ve still got some ideas to ex­plore, but I am mak­ing pro­gress, I think ...
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Magnolia Raindrop · The rain let up about three and we got out to do a lit­tle prun­ing and gar­den­ing. The daf­fodils look good but I got some­thing wrong and even un­der a cloudy sky the yel­lows were too much for the Pen­tax. Hm­m. The mag­no­lia is maybe a week and a bit from show­ing blos­som­s ...
 
2007 Crocus Crop · Round about this time ev­ery year, pho­tos of lit­tle vi­o­let blos­soms start to show up in this space. I wor­ried that I might be re­peat­ing my­self, but how can post­ing spring flow­ers not be a good thing? ...
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‘Waterlily’ Autumn Crocus · We came back from the Botan­i­cal Gar­den with pic­tures; along with that Gun­nera, there was this dra­mat­ic pink flow­er that I want­ed to run but couldn’t re­mem­ber what it was, so I asked Daniel Mosquin, the main man be­hind Botany Pho­to of the Day, and he told me; it has two pret­ty names, of which one ap­pears above ...
 
Autumnal Gunnera · We paid a very nice vis­it to the ex­cel­lent folks at the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den and I got a pic­ture of a re­mark­able plan­t ...
 
Pale Blue to the Max · There aren’t that many re­al­ly great pale blue flow­er­s; the ob­ject of the game for the plant is to at­tract the bugs’ at­ten­tion, which is tough if you blend with the sky. Hy­drangeas are a no­table ex­cep­tion. Shot with a new cam­era se­tup, too ...
 
Friday Coding Hint · I’m sure you know the feel­ing; an innocent-seeming refac­tor­ing caus­es lit­tle waves of dis­tur­bance all over your sys­tem and all of a sud­den lots of your tests are fail­ing, and you can’t seem to to re­al­ly get a han­dle on it. So yes­ter­day af­ter a cou­ple of hours of hard slog­ging with no net gain, I threw up my hands in dis­gust and mowed the lawn. Halfway through it, I re­al­ized the refac­tor­ing was sub­tly wrong at the core, and when I came back in I made one lit­tle shift and was able to delete lots of special-case code and the tests passed. Prob­lem is, I hate mow­ing the lawn.
 
California Poppy · Th­ese are hap­py things, per­haps not the world’s most re­fined flow­er; mod­est in size, they come in cheery or­ange, cheery yel­low, and the oc­ca­sion­al white ...
 
Spring in White on White · Most peo­ple would gen­er­al­ly pre­fer a cli­mate where it’s bright and warm most of the time. But for Cana­di­ans and oth­ers who live where it’s not, there are com­pen­sa­tion­s, and one is the ex­pe­ri­ence of spring. I have a pic­ture ...
 
Pink to the Max · As not­ed else­where to­day, we vis­it­ed the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den, and on­ly the ear­ly rhodo­den­drons and a few mag­no­lias were in bloom. I didn’t get any good rho­do shot­s, but with mag­no­lias you can’t mis­s. If ex­treme den­si­ties of the colour pink both­er you, please stay away; but these are some aw­ful­ly great-looking flow­er­s ...
 
Botanical Garden: Textures · We vis­it­ed the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den to­day be­cause we had a vis­i­tor in town—more on that anon—and I got, among oth­er things, two in­ter­est­ing tex­ture shot­s ...
 
Crocuses! · Reg­u­lar read­ers have been putting up with quite a bit of whin­ing about the end­less weeks of sol­id rain. Wel­l, that seems to have blown it­self out with a bang, and the sun rose this Sun­day morn­ing. It turns out that all that rainy weath­er was al­so kind of war­m, and the first flow­ers were more than ready to show their faces ...
 
Frosty Leaves · We had a week or two of clear bright cold (well, down to -3°C or so) weath­er; each morn­ing each leaf was limned frost-white ...
 
A Pepper By Any Other Name · Two more nice au­tum­nal pho­tograph­s. One’s a rose and one isn’t ...
 
Red Berry Leaves · In our gar­den, there is noth­ing more in­tense than the col­or of the blue­ber­ry leaves come au­tum­n ...
 
Autumn Echinacea · Two pic­tures of dy­ing flow­er­s; I can’t think of a way to say “maybe you re­al­ly want to check these out” with­out sound­ing im­mod­est, but maybe you re­al­ly do ...
 
Flower Mandalas · The name alone should be enough to com­pel ex­cite­ment and sup­port; the Flow­er Man­dalas Pro­ject (via Botany Pho­to of the Day) is look­ing for con­tri­bu­tions from you; not of mon­ey but of word­s, and maybe not even your own word­s. Check it out, and al­so the botany-photo back­ground write-up is worth read­ing.
 
Yellow Rose · It’s been far, far too long since I wrapped a frag­ment round a flow­er. That’s be­cause our sum­mer, and hence our gar­den, was gen­er­al­ly pret­ty ter­ri­ble here this year in Van­cou­ver; the ex­cep­tion be­ing a bumper crop of blue­ber­ries. Any­how, here we have a pic­ture of a yel­low rose blos­som and a cou­ple of bud­s, that’s al­l ...
 
Wet College Shakespeare Flowers · After a rain­storm in the Fellows’ Gar­den at Wad­ham Col­lege, Ox­ford ...
 
Oceanspray, Creambush, Ironwood · Th­ese are all names for Holodis­cus dis­col­or; it’s a Pacific-Northwest na­tive and the last of the names is a trans­la­tion of what the abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple called them, ap­par­ent­ly the wood is hard enough to make knit­ting nee­dles and so on. It’s three years since we put it in, and the first year it’s flow­ered ...
 
White Flowers · Last time I checked, this March 2003 piece with the same name was in the top page of Google re­sults for that search. That one fea­tured clema­tis and camel­li­a, this time we have ros­es and mock or­anges ...
 
Illustrated B2B · Others just talk about B2B. Here at on­go­ing, we have the pic­tures ...
 
Winner of the Rose Race · This year, one of the Ru­gosas out by the back fence was first across the line. There’s ma­gen­ta and then there’s ex­treme ma­gen­ta ...
 
Spring · Through most of March and the first two weeks of April, Win­ter was a cold grey dam hold­ing the next sea­son in check; on April 19th or so, the dam broke and we’ve been in a glo­ri­ous flood of sum­mer since then. One of these pic­tures is re­mark­able ...
 
In Science, Beauty · This is de­light­ful: the UBC Botan­i­cal Garden’s Botany Pho­to of the Day, to which I’ve sub­scribed. My fa­vorites are the first en­try and, from this week, the Ake­bia (we have one at home­).
 
Three Azaleas · There’s this aza­lea in our front yard (y­ou walk right by it on the way in) and it’s a photographer’s prob­lem be­cause at its peak it van­ish­es be­hind a sol­id mass of red petal­s, bright red, ar­guably gar­ish but you have to smile; on­ly no cam­er­a, film or dig­i­tal, has come close. “Beauty is hard” said the po­et, and so are ex­treme red­s. Any­how, here are three shots of its pre­pubescent phase in very ver­ti­cal sun­light ...
 
Melliodendron · What hap­pened was, an un­ex­pect­ed email from Quentin Cronk led us to a feast of flow­er­s, which may spill slight­ly on­to the Net. This gig comes with fringe ben­e­fit­s, you betcha. While over-long, this frag­ment has a pic­ture of a very beau­ti­ful flow­er that al­most nobody’s ev­er seen ...
 
The Anticipation of Pleasure · Last year, I wait­ed till May 2nd to write a piece with this name about the forth­com­ing flow­er­s. I got a cou­ple of hours gar­den­ing in to­day and the an­tic­i­pa­tion is sharp ...
 
Spring · The sec­ond half of Fe­bru­ary was pleas­ant­ly bright; but chilly, with the mer­cury dip­ping in­to the frost near­ly ev­ery evening. A few flow­ers man­aged to get their heads above ground, but were kind of stunt­ed and un­en­thu­si­as­tic. This last week’s been war­m, al­ter­nat­ing sun and rain. If you stand still in the gar­den, very stil­l, you can al­most hear the flow­ers grow­ing ...
 
Crocuses! · Those who have been fol­low­ing along here since I launched al­most two years ago know that in the spring, There Will Be Pic­tures of Cro­cus­es. Those who haven’t lived lived above 49°N lat­i­tude may have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing how much these lit­tle vi­o­let flash­es mean to the winter-weary Cana­di­an eye.
 
Darkening · This time of year, weeks yet till the short­est day and still it’s dusk so ear­ly, and the weath­er not help­ing; on­ly to­day there was light enough for pic­tures, al­beit dark ...
 
Red and White · The last cher­ry toma­toes of sum­mer ...
 
Late Summer · Vancouver’s sum­mer was good but end­ed, more or less, Au­gust 10th, so when on this last week­end the Sun man­i­fest­ed, we felt rec­om­pensed a lit­tle. Here­with some il­lus­trat­ed words on flow­ers that end in -ia, learn­ing about the world, Jeri­cho, har­vest­ing and fish­ing ...
 
My Mother’s Garden · My moth­er Jean Bray is an avid gar­den­er who con­tends might­i­ly with the Saskatchewan cli­mate (zone 2B for afi­ciona­dos); her space is in sum­mer al­ways a de­light to the eye­s ...
 
Loosestrife · Some point each year (well af­ter “midsummer” in late June) comes to feel like the heart of sum­mer; it’s been there a long time, it’s go­ing to be for a while yet, days are still long, the gar­den has left its spring sprint be­hind but is still run­ning strong. This year’s midsummer-pictures as­sem­blage fea­tures “Gooseneck Loosestrife,” and what a name that is ...
 
Bumper Crop · Pic­tures for the tum­my ...
 
Yucca Redux · The flow­ers on that Yuc­ca have died, but grace­ful­ly ...
 
Yucca Year · This year our Yuc­ca has flow­ered, the first time since we bought the place in 1997. So are all the oth­ers in Van­cou­ver ...
 
Honeysuckle · This flower’s name it­self is pure love ...
 
Brick, Dusty, Creamy, Silky · There’s an old rose in our front yard that we in­her­it­ed with the place; it’s slen­der and spindly and not very tal­l, and pro­duces on­ly one or two flow­ers each year; its colour has, ev­ery year since 1997, de­feat­ed my pho­to­graph­ic wiles. This year we have a par­tial vic­to­ry ...
 
Ungilded, Emerging · Here­with two lilies and an emerg­ing hy­drangea. The lat­ter, in par­tic­u­lar, de­serves a vis­it ...
 
Second-Rate Roses · It was bright to­day, very bright, and I did a Nas­tur­tium follow-up but spent time too with some jour­ney­man ros­es ...
 
Nasturtiumleaves · There’s a hang­ing pot on the back porch with a thriv­ing nas­tur­tium. I had a close look ...
 
Flowers for San Francisco · There are quite a few peo­ple drop­ping by on­go­ing to­day on ac­count of the ar­ti­cle in the Chron­i­cle about ad­ver­tis­ing. Among oth­er things, it says I run lots of flow­er pic­tures, on­ly I haven’t for a while, so here are some ...
 
Intimates · Up close and per­son­al in the gar­den ...
 
The Anticipation of Pleasure · Il­lus­trat­ed ...
 
Scilla Leaves Vermin · More botan­i­cal shot­s: one from Cal­i­for­ni­a, one from Siberi­a, and one weed ...
 
Maggie Time · A typ­i­cal­ly crap­py cross-country trip fol­low­ing on two days’ East Coast in­som­nia has left me feel­ing pret­ty grungy, like the old camp­fire song has it: “My head hurt­s, my feet smell, and I don’t love Jesus...” But hey, I stum­bled by the cam­era shop where the ex­pen­sive re­pair job on the S50 was fin­ished (not cov­ered by war­ran­ty, me­chan­i­cal fail­ure due to ex­ter­nal im­pact, sigh) and there are com­pen­sa­tion­s, name­ly Mag­gie the Mag­no­li­a, of­ten pho­tographed in this space but re­al­ly at her best this af­ter­noon ...
 
Pansy Sweat · Van­cou­ver is a very garden-centric city, so when I say that Murray’s is the best nurs­ery in town, that’s a strong claim. To get there, get on Bala­cla­va Street and go way, way South through the horse ter­ri­to­ry by the riv­er un­til you see sign­s ...
 
Violet Secrets and Pearblossoms · The light in spring isn’t like any oth­er time of year; maybe it’s just our winter-starved eyes all at­in­gle, or maybe it’s the crowd­ing flow­ers toss­ing the new sun around in a positive-feedback loop ...
 
Red to White · I walked by this tree this af­ter­noon; it’s most­ly still mostly-red bud­s, but the flow­ers are most­ly not red at al­l ...
 
Flowering Trees · Here in Van­cou­ver we have mul­ti­tudes of flow­er­ing trees. At this time of year they de­light the eye, but are a chal­lenge to the pho­tog­ra­pher. A bit of progress on that fron­t, with a note on in­fused vod­ka ...
 
Spring Again, with Blood · We had rare Pacific-Northwest Fe­bru­ary sun­shine to­day, and gird­ed our loins for some se­ri­ous prun­ing and clean­ing. I took pic­tures and was edit­ing them and thought “decent, but I had pic­tures of spring flow­ers (some of the same ones) this time last year.” Then I re­al­ized that was stupid; do I not look at this year’s flow­ers be­cause I saw last year’s? And there are peo­ple who are liv­ing in places where win­ter is prob­a­bly start­ing to wear ’em down again who might be cheered by a pre­view of what they’ll be see­ing in a few week­s. So here­with the same old cro­cus­es and daf­fodil­s, but this sto­ry has a pret­ty se­vere barb to it. [Up­date: Iden­ti­fied the mys­tery flow­er, worth check­ing out­.] ...
 
White Pink Red Blue · This is just an­oth­er bunch of gar­den shot­s, some of the au­tumn colours are re­mark­able. In which con­text I want to send a long deep tip of the hat to Doc Searl­s, his shots from the Foo camp put me com­plete­ly to shame. No flow­er is as in­ter­est­ing as a hu­man face; I look in­to my heart and re­al­ize that up till now I just haven’t been brave enough to point my cam­era at peo­ple and fo­cus in hard. Mind you, to Doc’s fur­ther cred­it, I’ve heard a few voic­es say­ing “When did he take that? I had no idea!” So I guess you have to be brave and sneaky, too ...
 
Autumnal · Our end­less gold­en sum­mer end­ed, the grass is a hap­pi­er green but the bike-ride to work is get­ting chilly. Vancouver’s at fifty de­grees north lat­i­tude, and when the sun is out it’s com­ing side­ways a lot of the time, which is photographer-friendly. There are still lots of flow­er­s, but au­tum­nal blos­soms have to be twice as good as spring’s of­fer­ings to get half the im­pact, and they’re not. Stil­l, they pho­to­graph well ...
 
Autumnpearleaves · The pear tree is show­ing ear­ly signs of au­tum­n. It’s old and tat­tered and un­pre­dictable, the fruit pro­lif­ic but lousy some years, scanty and ex­cel­lent oth­er­s, I can’t spot the pat­tern. This year is lean but good—the best pears I’ve ev­er tast­ed in fact—but we need a vis­it from the tree doc­tor, the leaves are go­ing too ear­ly and show­ing signs of dis­ease. But the symp­toms are not un­pleas­ing to the eye ...
 
Late Summer · They say midsummer’s June 21 but that’s sil­ly, mid­sum­mer is right now, the end­less hot slant of af­ter­noon sun pulls pic­tures out pret­ty well any­where you look, here we have not just flow­ers but wildlife and a lit­tle il­lus­trat­ed fam­i­ly sto­ry ...
 
The Island Rose Trip: Day One · What hap­pened was, we have a house-guest from Aus­tralia who’s al­ready seen a bit of BC, and we al­so have an Internet-retail re­la­tion­ship with the Old Rose Nurs­ery, which is found on Horn­by Is­land, a speck in the ocean be­tween the main­land and (the very large) Van­cou­ver Is­land. We want­ed to vis­it the Nurs­ery in the flesh, and they say Hornby’s pret­ty nice, and not on­ly Sal­ly but we had nev­er been there, so I took Fri­day off in hon­our of the USA and we wen­t. (This part of the world ain’t re­al wired, thus on­go­ing has been silen­t. Not think­ing about work and syn­di­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy was a re­fresh­ing change. But this is ad­dic­tive you know; I re­al­ly missed post­ing to on­go­ing.) ...
 
The End of Innocence · I’m sor­ry, this has just gone way, way too far. Words writ­ten in pub­lic be­come deed­s, and some deeds are in­ex­cus­able and I see no point in ex­cus­ing the in­ex­cus­able. There are those who may not be able to for­give me for veer­ing over the edge of po­lite­ness, but no­body can claim I’m the first to go there, and I just don’t care. (Up­date: ex­tra fact-finding.) ...
 
Poppies! · In the re­motest, least-favored spot of our prop­er­ty stands a clump of pop­pies; Lau­ren thinks the la­bel on the pack­et said “California Poppies,” but I’ve grown those be­fore and I don’t re­call the out-of-this world colour shad­ings. Real­ly re­mark­able, and they’re al­so high­light­ing a prob­lem I’m hav­ing with the new cam­er­a ...
 
Mastering the Art · Back home, I took a mil­lion pic­tures of ros­es yes­ter­day in the slant­ing af­ter­nooon sun, and very few came out. I think this magi­cam­era will pro­vide the ide­al com­bo of quick-shoot and good-pix, but I’m go­ing to have to in­vest some re­al ef­fort in learn­ing all its ins and out­s. Here­with one more rose pho­to, skip if you’re tired of ’em (but it’s a good one) ...
 
It’s Bad · Pa­tience ran out. I picked up a Canon Pow­erShot S50, and the SataniCam­era of yore will be tak­ing its well-deserved place on the trash-heap of his­to­ry, an ex­tend­ed hang­over from a big night out in Tokyo. Here­with ini­tial im­pres­sion­s, a cou­ple of tech notes, and one sur­pris­ing pic­ture ...
 
Still Life and the Hero's Eyes · Just four more gar­den pix, but for the geeks a Mi­crosoft anal­o­gy among the botan­i­cal­s, and the corn­flow­ers are startling ...
 
Faunality · Some hours were prof­itably whiled away this past week­end in the gar­den, I think more high-tech fly-wired types ought to de­vote an hour or six thus­ly, net san­i­ty would ben­e­fit. Fau­nal­i­ty, you ask? I sug­gest, by et­y­mo­log­i­cal anal­o­gy, sex­u­al feel­ings in a gar­den­ing con­tex­t, mind you this time of year in the Pa­cif­ic North­west when the wom­en, mad with sun­shine, dis­card the sweaters and slick­ers and boots for, well, much less, those feel­ings are On The Agen­da any­how, but check the mag­no­lia out and see if you think I have a point ...
 
April Flowers · Wel­l, the rhyme with “showers” pre­dicts the flow­ers in May, but we've got 'em now, here's the ev­i­dence ...
 
Perfect Tool: Dandelion Killer · Here­with I be­gin an oc­ca­sion­al re­peat­ing fea­ture un­der the rubric “Perfect Tools”. Our species is ar­guably de­fined by tool use, and ev­ery­one knows the joy of a hard job made easy by the per­fect tool. So from time to time I'll write up an ex­am­ple of a tool that comes close to the Pla­ton­ic ide­al: it does what it does as well as what it does can be done. I'll use a very in­clu­sive def­i­ni­tion of “tool”: hard­ware, soft­ware, you name it. Sugges­tions are wel­come. To­day we start with the hum­ble Dan­de­lion Killer ...
 
Spring: Floristruck, Birdwillowmoon, etc. · Up here north of 49°, the evenings are al­ready get­ting longer, and af­ter din­ner, the sun came out, and drew us poor mossy rain vic­tims with it. Some na­ture treats for the light-starved Pa­cif­ic North­west eye. (Warn­ing: six big pix, modemis­tas be­ware.) ...
 
White Flowers · This is not a War sto­ry. Aside from a scat­ter­ing of yellow-on-gold daf­fodil­s, the showoffs right now in the gar­den are all white. It's been rain­ing a lot the last cou­ple of week­s, so the ho­mo sapi­ens are gen­er­al­ly kind of grumpy and dis­tressed, but the fau­na are dig­ging it. I man­aged to out­wit the cam­era I love to hate and grab a pass­able shot of the ev­er­green Clema­tis. I can't say enough good things about this plan­t ...
 
Nasty Spring Day, with Pictures · It's a nasty March day. Nasty be­cause de­spite oc­ca­sion­al sun­shine, it's cold and blus­tery here in Van­cou­ver, re­al­ly un­pleas­ant to be out­side. Nasty be­cause on the oth­er side of the world, men, wom­en, and chil­dren are suf­fer­ing and dy­ing in the ser­vice of, or in re­sis­tance to, geopo­lit­i­cal strat­e­gy. So this week­end, I'm writ­ing about bi­na­ry search and gar­dens ...
 
It's Warm! · Windy (very), grey, sky threat­en­ing, but war­m, war­m! It's a treat to be alive and have a gar­den to re­vive, just set the hat firm­ly on the head against the wind. The now-two-year-old an­tique ros­es can be un­bound and the canes wo­ven be­hind the trel­lis, the witch hazel needs many of last years' leaves pulled of­f, and some pret­ty se­vere raking-up of win­ter de­bris is done. Daf­fodils are up, they are cry­ing out for sun but still a treat for the winter-deadened eye ...
 
Spring! · This bee was sex­ing it up some­thing fierce with the cro­cus­es, and while my cur­rent cam­era is not quite up to cap­tur­ing some­thing that fast with re­al­ly sharp edges, be­tween the flow­er­s, the bee, and the sun­shine, some pret­ty se­ri­ous fun was be­ing had here ...
 
Crocuses, Again · The gar­den shots so far this year are dis­tinct­ly crocus-dominated, but ev­ery­thing else is get­ting ready to bust out, so stand by. I'm not sure why this pair is veiny in­stead of solid, I'll keep an eye on them.
 
Compost Time · It's com­post time; all the plants are show­ing signs of wak­ing up and get­ting in­to the Spring thing. The re­al ur­gen­cy, though, is be­cause the com­post bin is full of a winter's leav­ings and there's no room for any more. Here's some decent-looking spring com­post ...
 
Azalea Preview · This pic­ture is here by way of fore­shad­ow­ing; it's a close-up of the azalea's fo­liage, which looks pret­ty nice year around; lat­er in the spring this will be­come the garden's number-one show­piece, van­ish­ing be­hind a mass of as­tound­ing red bril­liance. I've nev­er man­aged to come close to cap­tur­ing it with a digi­cam though; maybe this year ...
 
Shattered in Spring · I was up on the lad­der rip­ping the climb­ing jas­mine out from be­tween the shin­gles where once a year it tries to bur­row. The gar­den, to be hon­est, looks ter­ri­ble this time of year, the sprin­kle of cro­cus­es and the hap­py moss notwith­stand­ing; shat­tered and beaten-up un­der a steel-grey sky ...
 
The Crocuses are Up · The first cro­cus­es are there, splash­es of vi­o­let and yel­low (the yel­low with­in the vi­o­let) in the deep green glow of the moss, which is en­joy­ing win­ter af­ter our last ter­ri­bly dry sum­mer. I can't put a pic­ture in be­cause Fu­ji­film has had my digi­cam in for ser­vice for the last 6 weeks (gr­rrrrrrrrrrrrr) ...
 
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