Although 2021 didn’t turn out to be my best year, and inevitably the ongoing pandemic kept me close to home throughout, I see looking back through my blog posts over the last twelve months that I still managed regularly to capture some beauty in the world around me. I’ve chosen one image I particularly liked from each month of the year to showcase here, as a kind of pictorial representation or personal review of 2021.
Apart from going to work and occasionally seeing my family when possible, I effectively spent most of last year either relaxing in my garden or going out for a walk locally, and I can see my necessarily constrained photographic subjects accurately represent my reality. I can’t help but wonder what 2022 will have in store for me… Will I venture further afield, or will this year simply be more of the same? No doubt I’ll find out as I go along! 🙂
There is a red climbing rose bush growing at the side of the narrow path between the house on one side and the garage and shed on the other. It’s an odd place to have a climbing rose, trapped and almost invisible between the walls of three buildings, but from the size of the old root I’m assuming the rose bush actually predates the current kitchen extension and relatively new garage and shed, so would at one time have been situated apart from the house in the old garden, which would make much more sense. Anyway, once these flowers have finished blooming I’ll prune the bush back to let it rest over the winter months, but for today it is my Flower of the Day ❤
Most of my rose bushes have already been pruned for the winter, but there were a couple of buds left on one or two stems and it seemed cruel to cut them back before they had a chance to bloom, so I left them alone… So here are the pink ones in flower, much smaller and far less showy than in the summer months but looking pretty enough nonetheless 🙂
Earlier this year I bought a small, well-past-its-best ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia plant from the clearance section of a local bargain store – I planted it in the back garden and figured it would either grow or not, but I was happy to give it a try. To my surprise and delight it has survived and thrived. And here are some of its tiny little red and white flowers still bringing a lovely splash of colour to my autumn garden 🙂 ❤
For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Linda wants us to use a word that contains ‘cam’, and of course the first thing my brain thought of was ‘camera’ – so here are a few images of my autumn garden in the rain, taken on my camera this morning before I went out to work… 🙂
I have two palest-of-pale-pink cacti growing in pots on my kitchen window sill, and both have decided to flower this week – not the easiest of colours to capture well taken into the light, but pretty nonetheless. There are two darker pink plants growing there too, and although they’re also starting to bud we have no fully-formed flowers from them as yet 🙂