the Front Courtyard garden in late August

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

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

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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).

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What’s blooming in the Sunset Garden in late August

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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