Friday 5 February 2016

5 in 5 - Feburary 2016 - LET'S GO INTO THE GARDEN

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes. 

This week I was invited to share some of my nature photos on Facebook. It was meant to bring something positive and uplifting to the day, and it did. So on this dull dismal morning, as I struggled with low light indoors and photos that inspired me, I decided to share the photos that I took last month for 5 in 5. I chose not to use them at the time but this morning some colour and fresh air is called for, so let's go out into the garden....

These photos were taken on 4th January.  
The weather has been extremely mild for the time of year and our grass continues to grow and it's even longer now. We have never cut our grass in the winter months but this year may be an exception. 

The eucalyptus looks beautiful covered with raindrops.

Poppies too. These are self seeded and look so delicate.

Who would think geraniums would be flowering in January?! This one is not protected and was left in its pot in the garden. We have
had a frost or two since this photo was taken and it doesn't look so bright now. I hope it revives. 

Kerria Japonica.  This shrub was bought as a mother's day present and is probably about 25 years old. It is sadly neglected but continues to bloom and make me smile.

It will be interesting to see what happens in spring and summer, the usual time for these flowers to colour our gardens. 

A local garden is widely recognised for the breath taking narcissi
that colours the ground yellow. I visit every year to soak in this sight. I have mentioned in previous posts how my sister had narcissi flower in her garden over Christmas, and others have brightened the grass verges in the village. So I went last week, not wanting to miss them and not knowing what I would find. There were some small clumps, and in other areas, small clusters of leaves without buds or promise. But nature is resilient and it will be interesting to see what other surprises she has in store over coming months.


If this inspires you to pick up your camera and share come of your photos I would be truly excited! All it takes is five minutes and to follow the challenge this is what you do: 

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below. 

   Please note: 

You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos to the link
and you can take  your photos any time. They do not have to be taken or posted on 5th!

If you'd like more details please go here.

Thank you to Helena, Melanie, Maggie, Eileen, Karen and Borqna for joining in last month. It was lovely to see some new names and doing something together makes it all the more fun. I'd love for you to join in too, so just link your post below and I'll be straight over to see your photos! 

Thanks for visiting! Have a good week what ever you do.


  1. Sandy these are superb! The rain drops just make those pictures. Is that a Welsh poppy? Out at this time of year? I need to go and look at mine! I shall be posting my 5 in 5 tomorrow.

    1. I don't know what kind of poppy this is Maggie. I noticed it again this morning.... still flowering a month later! I look forward to your post and wondering if you have lambs yet.

    2. No lambs as yet Sandie! We lamb end of March beginning of April.

  2. Lovely photos! How nice to have a bit of colour in the garden at this time of year. I agree the raindrops really do make the photos!

    1. Thank you Linda.
      These photos taught me to look more closely and to appreciate what might be there if we pause for a moment.

  3. Like Linda, I'd be so happy to see some color in my garden. These are lovely photos. Already have a plan for 5 in 5 this month, but it won't be possible until late next week.

    1. Thank you Karen. I look forward to seeing your 5 in 5 post, it sounds intriguing! I love having a plan ;)

  4. Lovely photos Sandie, like you I wonder what will happen when spring does arrive.

    1. In the New Year I visited a local garden. At that time I was amazed at the flowers in bloom, it was surreal. Yesterday I went back. The daffodils were still in flower but lots of the other plants have finished now. I am intrigued how things will look over the next few months. I'll let you know what will happen when spring does arrive!

  5. Fabulous!
    Especially the second one.

  6. Gorgeous photos, Sandie. The flowers are really confused aren't they. Some of my spring ones are flowering already but the winter flowering ones haven't bloomed at all - maybe it wasn't cold enough for them this year!

  7. Fabulous post Sandie - love your flowers. If the weird weather continues everyone will forget when the correct time is for things to bloom.
    I've been making weekly diary scrap pages on Daisy trail website so I do take lots of photos..and I do love looking at others photos too so I'll try and join in if I can..thanks... Gill x.

    1. Thank you Gill. Your weekly diary scrap page sounds interesting. I hope you find time to join in with us on 5 in 5, it would be lovely to see your photos.

  8. Wow..just look at how you have captured those raindrops. I could reach out and touch them

  9. These are just beautiful shot - well, well done!

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