Flowering Pond

Garden Pond

I finally got around to changing my macro lens for my wide-angle. No big deal really, but I so love my macro. Anyway, it has been such a lovely spring day today with wall to wall sunshine, and for the first time this year it has been warm enough to chill (sounds like a contradiction) by the pond and enjoy the world as it passes slowly and serenely. Sometimes it is the simple things in life, which are totally free, which give one the most pleasure.

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

The Marsh Marigold is just pure joy with the light filtering through its golden-yellow petals. When I planted it in the shallows last year I did not know whether it would survive let alone flower. Growing water plants is new to me, and there is always some trepidation when attempting something new, but I guess they do all the hard work, the plants, as I all I do is just remove the dead and tidy up a little around them. So with multiple blooms on the Marsh Marigold I have been quite happy with the results so far.

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

 

Variegated Greater Periwinkle

Vinca major ‘Variegata’

Variegated greater periwinkle (Vinca major 'Variegata')

Another flower is showing its pretty head this spring. This evergreen perennial has always been in my garden for as long as I can remember living here. It is very much the ground hugger, creeping like a vine through the flowerbeds, and then showing these splashes of violet-blue flowers. The flowers will show on and off between now and autumn. The green foliage is blotched with a creamy white margin. It grows in full sun or dense shade, and acts as a weed suppressor.

Variegated greater periwinkle (Vinca major 'Variegata')