In the spring I had discovered a tiny water lily plant hiding under a big mass of dead leaves in a dry pond in my yard. I transplanted it to a different pond and waited to see what would become of this. From only 4 shriveled leaves, the plant grew exponentially and soon its deep red lily pads covered the surface of the pond. I wasn’t expecting much after that but one day I woke to find that there were three flower buds. Soon they opened into what you see here–glorious! I, as a geeky gardener, was literally jumping up and down when I saw the lilies. My son and daughter were also excited and each day we went out to see them, full of wonder. Alas, now the lilies have finished blooming but my photos of them are with me still .
I snapped this shot with my ipad so the quality isn’t great but at least I captured the vibrant colours, dappled shade and mesmerising quality of a field of wild flowers at their peak, at the nearby botanic garden. I recently planted a very similar wildflower garden in my backyard specifically to attract honey bees and butterflies, of which there are sadly few in the area of Scotland where I live. Red poppies are always a welcome sight and you can see many scattered here in the photograph. Butterflies and bees seem to especially like red, purple and yellow flowers.
What a lovely sight! The fascinating silvery tufts of catkins on a riverside willow, glimmering as they sway gently in the spring breeze. I love iridescent things in nature. I kept walking past these pussy willows by a bridge but it was too windy most days to take a decent photo. This day in particular it had stopped raining and the conditions were perfect. I loved the additional point of interest due to the drops of rain.