Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blue & Green

This week, Tina is thinking of cool colors like blue and green for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. The majority of birds that visit our garden are sparrows so, when this little guy showed up the other day, it was quite an event. What was even more surprising was the fact that he stuck around long enough for me to run and get the camera. I’m no expert so I had to resort to my Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds. The closest I could come to it was an indigo bunting but, if anyone knows differently, I’ll be happy to hear from you. This is the first time in 30 years that we’ve seen one of these in the garden so I’m guessing he was blown rather off course.

I’ve been working hard in the garden for the past few weeks, restoring the area that was damaged when a main sewer line had to be replaced at the end of last year. It’s going to take a while for everything to grow and fill out, but in the meantime I was happy to see that the irises are looking absolutely fantastic. These are just the ones that appear in different shades of blue.

The false indigo is just starting to bloom too and will hopefully attract the bees. I’ve also taken delivery of some Blue Brazilian Sage plants that, when the blue flowers eventually emerge, should prove to be absolute hummingbird magnets. We’ll see!

37 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blue & Green

  1. One can’t feel blue when you look at all your wonderful photos! The little blue bunting is a delight and looks as though it’s been dropped in a dye! Good to read that your garden has been restored after all the damage. The irises are blooming beautifully and in such a wide range of blues and shapes…all stunning. Hope the humming birds come later another photo opportunity…great!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Marianne! Although the irises are always lovely to see, they are vey susceptible to the high winds and heavy rain that we get at this time of year so I’ve been doing the rounds, propping the fallen ones up with stakes. I’m hopeful that the Brazilian Sage will attract the hummingbirds. I grew them once before and just a few plants did the trick. I’m just trying to figure out how to save them over winter as they are only considered a half-hardy annual in this zone.

      • Thanks Sue. I’ve just looked up Brazilian Sage UK/salvia and it says that one can propagate by Semi-hardwood cuttings/ Softwood cuttings. It sounds an interesting plant with lovely blue flowers but I’ll give it a miss as it grows to 1.5 m tall on sandy loamy soil…don’t think it will like our clay, wet soil! Hope you can get it to over winter…sounds like a good challenge for you!

      • Brazilian Sage update; I took a lot of trouble to replace the soil around the plants, acclimatized the plants outside before putting them in the beds, planted them with great care and overnight something ate them, bugs I think. There is hardly anything left of the original leaves but thankfully there are some new shoots appearing so maybe they are not totally lost. Gardening can be very frustrating sometimes.

    • Many thanks, Tina! I’d love to get another glimpse of our colorful visitor but it doesn’t seem likely. I’m glad I just happened to be looking out of the window when he stopped by.

  2. Love that you got a visit from a beautiful blue-coloured bird, which looks like other photos I’ve seen of an indigo bunting. That’s awesome on its own but all the beautiful iris blooms are a big blue bonus. I think you’re a miracle-maker, turning blues into blessings!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. The irises are some of my favorite flowers with their many colors and patterns. I wish they lasted longer but hopefully we’ll see them all again next year.

  3. Wonderful blues – great that your garden will be restored. The indigo bunting is a TRUE BEAUTY – lucky you having him there!

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