This is my post for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
Yes, I am aware I am four days late for the party. However on the morning of the 15th, I reached out for my trusty camera and discovered that while lurking at the bottom of my bag it had had a close encounter with a leaky water bottle, with disastrous consequences for all concerned.
After many howls of anguish and much prodding of unresponding buttons, I bowed to the inevitable and bought a new camera.
In the process I discovered that my old camera, which was the first thing I bought when I jacked in the day job to become a garden writer five years ago, had reduced in value from £350 to just £59.99.
How are the mighty fallen. Actually being bloody-minded and terminally uninterested in technology, I figured if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (well, the camera was, but bear with me here) and so I wasn’t going to change a make of camera I was perfectly happy with just because there was something newer and more modern on the market (note I didn’t say necessarily ‘better’; I don’t have any particular need for the capacity to hot-wire pictures to my Facebook account on the move, even if I had one, which I don’t).
So I have congratulated myself on my frugality and bought a camera that’s exactly the same, but for around a fifth of the price of what they tell me is the equivalent these days.
(and the more up-to-date version didn’t even have a viewfinder. I use my viewfinder all the time on sunny days. Why wouldn’t they include a viewfinder?)
Anyway. Inconsequental rant over. The camera in question is an Olympus SP500-UZ by the way: discontinued these days therefore ridiculously good value.
So the reason for carrying on with GBBD regardless is that my garden is currently brimming over with flowers and I just couldn’t let the chance go by to get out there and take pictures of them in all this gorgeous sunshine. Enjoy!
Thanks as always (if a little late this month) to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
Miss Kodee said:
What a great slide show! Your growing season is much farther ahead then where I am. Beautiful assortment you have.Debbie @Beyond the Dog Dish
A wonderful collection of blooms indeed – all things ornamental, wildflower and edible. Sad about your camera – but long live your new-old camera! And hurray for not being seduced by the dazzling new array of gadgets and gimmicks but sticking to the tried and tested.Those broad bean flowers are stunning – and much earlier than ours! we have only just planted out our broad beans into the garden after hardening off.Sara
I can't wait to see pictures of your blue field in its stunning entirety…
I bemoan the lack of viewfinder on cameras these days. A 2-3 inch view simply isn't enough to ensure thaings are framed properly, particularly when there's usually all kinds of info scattered around the sides. I need my entire vision filled, not some tiny scrap to squit at!Apologies for the rant amongst your lovely flowers – it's been waiting a while for me to blurt it all out.WV says reptorca which sounds like a strange hybrid between a dinosaur and a whale
Oh, I'm sorry about your camera 😦 Lovely slideshow. I especially liked the euphorbia, apple and broadbean (of all things!).
Lovely pics with your new old camera. Like the pink cushiony thing. How fabulous to have so many bluebells.
The Constant Gardener said:
Debbie – thank you, and that puppy is beyond gorgeous….!Sara and Mac – glad I've converted you to the delights of broad bean flowers! These were overwintered from a sowing in November, which explains why they're so far ahead.Hillwards – I shall see if I can take a pic 😀 The bluebells are 'underplanted' with self-heal (Ajuga reptans) and primroses so I'm rather congratulating myself on my laziness in not getting up there with a strimmer last month!VP – I am totally with you. It just doesn't feel right holding a camera in front of you and staring at a screen. I need to look through something. I think it's what comes of being brought up on old film cameras…. Janet – I wish I knew what the pink cushiony thing is. Never having grown pink cushiony rock plants before I'm not that familiar with them: might be an aubretia, might be some sort of saxifrage (the leaves are small), might be something completely different. I was rather proud of being able to identify snow-in-summer, which is another grandma plant in my book 😀
Arabella Sock said:
I absolutely hate not having a viewfinder. I bought one of those little pocket cameras to put in my handbag so I can ensure I've always got one on me but I can't bear to use it as I feel I've got no idea of what I'm actually photographing! I expect its something you get used to but I'm much happier with my usual camera which is another one that was expensive about 4 years ago and selling for next to nothing now!
That sounds picture perfect – what a wonderful meadow to inherit from the previous owners…