Lockdown: The Garden After The Rain

Lockdown: The Garden After The Rain

After weeks and weeks of beautiful sunshine during the lockdown, the weather has turned. The sun is hiding behind the clouds and the much-needed rain has come (I just hope it doesn’t hang around for too long!).

Yesterday, after a downpour, I decided to head outside to capture some of the raindrops…

Rambling rose
Raindrops on roses and…
Raindrops on a rose.
More raindrops on roses!

The beautiful rambling roses hang over the fence from next door’s garden, whereas my rose hasn’t flowered yet.

Hostas
Hostas

Hostas

I love the way raindrops form on hosta leaves. It’s almost as if the leaves themselves haven’t got wet.

Osteospermum
Osteospermum

Osteospermums are amongst my favourite flowers and these are such a beautiful colour.

Marigold Flamenco
Marigold Flamenco

I picked up a tray of these marigolds at a nearby roadside plant sale in aid of the National Garden Scheme last month (money raised goes to nursing and healthcare charities) and I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out. Stunning colours!

Geraniums
Geraniums
Daisies
Daisies

Beneath a daisy.

These daisies are great and their heads seem to follow the sun.

Marigold
Marigold

Marigold

These marigolds love the sun too. They open as the sun gets higher in the sky and close if it clouds over.

A raindrop on the foxgloves.
A raindrop on the foxgloves.

There are foxgloves of various colours around the garden and I’m not entirely sure where they all came from!

2-Spot Ladybird.
2-Spot Ladybird.

And who should I find on the leaf of a daisy but this little critter – a 2-spot ladybird.

24 comments

  1. Kelly says:

    I think you know I have a “thing” for photos with water droplets…. so I find this post especially good! Great capture of the little ladybug. (she better fly away home…)

  2. Hi Nikki,

    Our rain arrived just in time for the weekend, although Sunday is supposed to be a much better day!

    The gardens were absolutely desperate for a good soaking, so I’m not going to complain too much.

    Hubbie has recently got the bug literally, for photographing insects and your ladybird shot is very similar to one he has. We have a bog pond in one side of our garden and this year it has been absolutely teaming with damselflies and dragonflies. The colours have been stunning and they have put on a good display whilst posing for pictures!

    I don’t know if they have been around every year, but with us both out all day we have missed them. Perhaps something good has come out of lockdown after all!

    Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

  3. Kris P says:

    Great photos as usual, Nikki! I envy you the rain. I wish we’d get a bit of rain now and then but except for the odd year when a tropical storm blows off course, we’re generally dry from April through October.

  4. Alan Rolfe says:

    So beautiful! The rain droplets add some much interest to flower photography. Some photogs carry around a water spray if there is no natural moisture present. The ladybird looks to be enjoying a bath.

  5. Jo says:

    Beautiful photos. I know we really needed some rain but I hope the sunshine comes back soon, I’ve got my heating on again it’s so cold.

  6. Lisa says:

    Ah, these photographs are absolutely beautiful, you have such a good eye! We had a lot of rain too, but I didn’t think to go out and take photos – doh, next time! Lisa 🙂

  7. Wow – you really know your flowers don’t you? And you’re clearly a talented photographer too. Well done Nikki – and let’s hope the sun makes an appearance again soon!

  8. lisl says:

    I loved going round your garden after rain – I could sense the flowers enjoyed the cool and the bejewelment. I could even see little reflections in the raindrops!

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