Monday, 3 September 2018

Bells , Whistles, and Lighting ...

The bells I have in mind aren't "noisy" which is a good thing because the Blue Jays are noisy enough for the whole neighborhood .. they have us trained to dole out peanuts each day .. smart birds right ?

Mrs. Harvey ... is one of my favorites and a re-bloomer (a heck of a re-bloomer if I had been paying attention to trimming it back more readily) .. so a bonus, to a beauty !
Even in the shade she shines

Lighting does makes us look twice at our plants .. sometimes it can really change our perspective.
I love back lighting but oh ... it changes so quickly.
The axiom of being in the right place at the right time, is so true !          Ally way garden.
I'm not thrilled with the view across the road (or the cable box) but the last fickle lighting that makes the hydrangea and grass glow, is pretty.

Bright lighting isn't so bad either .. it brings out amazing detail .. combine it with a white subject and you would think it would be overwhelming .. but not all the time.
A some what black back ground, from deep shade, helps of course.
You would think total shade might not be a good idea .. but sometimes it can lend a bit of drama to a plant .. it also can define amazing detail.
Combine shade and light to bring contrast of two very different colored plants and it is complimentary.
September is here ... the garden is still alive and dare I say thriving .. the list of what  has to be done gets longer each time I have a brain burp .. so I hope I can survive said dreaded LIST myself !


outlawgardener said...

Such lovely bells. Is that autumn ringing summer's doorbell, patiently waiting on the porch to come in? You've found all kinds of beautiful lighting to showcase your pretty plants.

Lisa Greenbow said...

You do make your camera sing with pictures Joy. I have a Hinoki cypress that looks perfect is certain light. I am rarely with camera when this happens. I did manage a picture the other day that sort of captured the look. I will try to post sometime soon.
Wouldn't you love to plant a nice big limelight hydrangea right in front of the electric box?! It would soon be put out of sight.

Patty said...

Hi. It has been a while since I visited your site, and It's rare that I see someone growing Mrs. Harvey beside me. It is her third year in my garden and she has started blooming like wildfire. Still in bloom like yours. What a fabulous clematis. Colour too! Almost blue. Enjoy the rest of the summer.-Patty

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Peter : ) Thank you !
Yes .. eventually Autumn will be KNOCKING loudly and it will be a welcomed event .. this year has been a bit crazy in so many ways .. but? I am already trying to lay the ground work for a better garden next year, we tend to do that right ? LOL

Lisa girl I don't know how many times I have said to myself .. "sure ! look gorgeous when I don't have my camera !" LOL .. hey I hope to see that photo of yours.
If only O could plant something there but .. between the main plough and the sidewalk plough during the winter anything planted in the median ? will be crushed, so I would have to figure it out by thinking outside the box ! but thanks for the suggestion girl : )

Patty my goodness ! hello there ! .. I think my Mrs. Harvey may be the same age as yours and yes I love her to bits .. she is wonderful .. have you given up on blogging altogether? I miss reading about your garden ! Hope you come back to it.

Barbarapc said...

What a pretty clematis Joy - now the flowers look about 4 cm or so? Will have to keep my eye out. I've got just the spot for it. Looks like in spite of our ridiculous weather your garden has done beautifully. It all looks gorgeous. B.

Jason said...

That Clematis is gorgeous, a little like 'Betty Corning' but the flowers are much larger and a brighter blue.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Barb girl : ) Thank you !
The flowers are even a little larger than that barb .. they are a really nice size for this type. I have been so lucky to have the sprinkler system keep everything alive for me because I was also MIA since early summer really ... every year I keep thinking that won't happen but it does, especially with the heat. I think you should make sure to get Mrs. Harvey, you will love it : )
I enjoyed seeing all those pretty pictures from your garden Barb !

Hello Jason .. you know I was sure I had Betty Corning too .. some where in this garden I am sure she is hiding, haha. Mrs. Harvey has been remarkable .. I am so glad I had the chance to establish her right in that spot so I can enjoy it from the deck doors.
You captured wonderful shots of those pollinators Jason !

Carrie said...

you just know how to garden and put things in the right places with the right neighbours - you have a gift. lovely post, yet again C xx

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you Carrie girl .. you prop me up when I am flux with my thoughts on gardening and how much I truly neglect it at times .. especially coming into this season, of "what can I actually get done next ?" !!!!!

Alistair said...

Mrs Harvey, I have never seen her before. She's a right beauty and she likes hard pruning group 3. Just the way I like them Joy.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Alistair !
Yes she is a real beauty and getting better each year .. I think this is her third.
The majority of my clematis is group 3 ... I don't want to have to think too hard when it comes to caring for them .. and if there are some that aren't quite in that group .. I think I hard prune them anyways and they seem to survive me .. I tend to work outside the "box" most times.

Jennifer said...

Bell-shaped clematis are my absolute favourites! And I know what you mean about lighting. I particularly like the way it hits ornamental grasses in the fall.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Jennifer girl : )
Yes the bell shape is so pretty .. that is why I also love my "Twinkle" and "Stand By Me" none vining ones .. the bell stands out especially on those ones as well. Grass and lighting, are two wonderful elements to capture together.

A Casa Madeira said...

I loved the pictures.
Nice to meet your blog.

Nadezda said...

Dear Joy,
I see you love playing with lighting, so do I!
Your clematis is a beauty! I'd love to grow it in my garden, put it on my 'wish list'.
Hydrangea is always photogenic, I like to take its pictures as well.
Have a nice weekend!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Janicce, Thank you ! and thank you for stopping by : ) .. I really enjoyed your photos of the shells in so many different arrangements ... so pretty ! Nice to meet your blog too!

Nadezda thanks for stopping by, and yes ! it is great to take pictures in different lighting.
It can change the "personality" of plants I think .. and yes again to hydrangea .. they are very photogenic aren't they ? LOL Have a great weekend too !

A Casa Madeira said...

Hello Joy, going to see the news.
Super delicate.
I loved the colors.
Every day first of every month I have a new post.
Good entry of month.

RobinL said...

I didn’t think I would care for the bell clematis, but then I planted Duchess of Albany, and it’s lovely. Now I’ve seen your gorgeous blue one! Perhaps bell clematis are for me after all. I see you also acquired the new At Last rose. I’m very pleased with mine also.

Pat said...

Reblooming clematis looks like a keeper. Your list of garden chores can't be any longer than mine. I'm so behind due to the hot weather then surgery. Still want to get some things in motion for next year once I get help. Sorry I haven't been by but my upbeat attitude has a short window.ha

RobinL said...

I’m with you Joy, the lighting in the garden makes all day the difference! I especially like sunset on ornamental grasses.