it was very small but I managed to capture one decent shot
sheltering by a large tree a small group of irises glistened
but there was one at the front by the path I loved
where I got rather carried away with the reflections...
perfect before the sun gets too high overhead
she told me that at this time of day the yellow one in the centre left of this pic, is practically translucent if you view it from the other side....
such a treat
the little pond is covered in pond-weed and scum. I'm surprised the rain didn't disperse it
a lady who stopped by me said she often sees them in the trees early in the morning and has once been lucky enough to see one fly out of the trees... what a sight that would be...
sadly neither moved - well, neither flew down..
still too early I guess
(it was approaching 10 now)
don't normally photograph this, the working bit behind the scenes
I could still hear the peacocks in the trees
climbing down, I made my way to
the flower spike on this ???? is huge and delicate
it's possibly an agave of some type.
(bit late, was going to have a proper lunch but didn't fancy any of the sandwiches and it was too hot for a hot meal.)
but I didn't stop long, as I wanted to walk through the rose garden
this week's rain had battered some of them a bit, but there was lots to admire (and smell)
some of the name labels tell you how scented they are
this is a variety called Port Sunlight - included for fans of the happy stampers craft show!
not very scented
I went and sat on the grass in the shade of some big trees for a while
before cutting back past the Palm House and into
one of the gourd type things bursting open
that's your lot for today, I think the sunshine must have curbed my normally trigger-happy shutter finger as I took over 200 fewer photos than usual on a 6 hour visit!
Still, I've managed to make this a traditionally photo-heavy post, thanks for looking!