the Front Courtyard garden in late August

The ‘Eldorado’ feather reed grass helps screen this inner garden from the street:


Heliopsis, russian sage, persicaria, and clematis are in fine form:


I even have self-seeded white petunias creeping over the front path (white, below) and my carpet of sedums and thymes is filling in nicely on the other side (bottom right in photo below).



What’s blooming in the Sunset Garden in late August


From left to right: Moonshine yarrow, blanket flower, snapdragons, and heliopsis.


Below: The blanket flower (Gaillardia )was just added last week and needs to get taller but goes nicely in front of the ‘Eldorado’ feather reed grass, don’t you think?



I heart persicaria

This gigantic plant has been blooming for over a month!  I planted it in the hot, sunny Front Courtyard Garden because it’s super tough, plus I like how the reddish stems pick up on the brick of my house.


It also goes well with ornamental grasses and highbush cranberry shrubs (which also have red stems, although you can’t tell in this photo), below.


hot flowers in bright sun

After unsuccessfully trying to take pictures of birds through trees while camping last week, I decided I need to learn how to use my camera on something other than the auto setting!  Since it was super sunny today, I played with aperture and took pictures of hot coloured flowers in my Edmonton garden. I wasn’t that adventurous and just left the ISO setting on ‘auto’ – gotta start somewhere!!  And I didn’t use any tools, filters, reflectors or post-processing besides cropping them, just so I could see what the differences were.

Below: Red poppy in front of heliopsis in the Front Courtyard Garden.  Left photo was taken at f/4, hence the blurry background.  Right photo was taken at f/11.  No noticeable difference in colours.  Both at ISO 100.


Below: Paprika rose in front of blue sea holly in the Front Courtyard Garden.  Oops, left photo at f/5 has too short a depth of field!  But the colour is richer than the right one, which was taken at f/11.  On the right, the camera adjusted to ISO 160.


Below: Daylily ‘Frans Hals’ in the Sunset Garden.  Taken at f/4, ISO 100.


Below:  Another daylily in front of scarlet runner beans and kale in the veggie garden.  Left to right: f/4 with the blurriest background, and no real difference between f/9 and f/11.  All ISO 100.


Below: Some beautiful begonias in a pot in the side garden, taken at f/11, which I can see is probably the safest if I want everything in focus! This was actually in the shade and the camera adjusted to ISO 400.


Below: On the other hand, I do like this “portrait” of a canna lily better taken at f/4, on the left, because the veronica in the background is more out of focus than at f/11. Both ISO 100.


Well, there you have it. Now I’m waiting for clouds.