Friday, 8 May 2009

Otter Nurseries

A trip to Daughter-who-takes-photos would not be complete without a visit to Otter Nurseries. Usually I have seen it in the late summer so there was a different range of plants when we went last Wednesday.

Irises are among my favourite plants and they are one of the things I shall miss flowering in the garden while I’m down here in Devon and then up in the Hebrides.

There was a fine selection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in flower.

An evergreen Clematis and a Clematis 'Wada’s Primrose' - a strange name for a white one!

Otter Nurseries also sell a wide variety of indoor plants including Phalaenopsis - supposedly one of the easiest Orchids to grow.

They have everything else you could need (or simply fancy) for your garden - including this cute character.

Friend-who-loves-Otters was admiring a bench that he thought he could make but then his eye was caught by another one with this on it. No contest!

This is a Gentian. I do find blue is the most difficult colour to reproduce most accurately with the camera. It rarely comes out as it was in real life and once you start playing with the colour of the photo the rest of the image is altered as well. One tip I learned some time ago is to photograph blue flowers in the shade as the blue is then truer to its real value.

This is the beautiful Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule).

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