Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I bought Fantasia Salmon ( see photo) in the spring of 2008.
It spent the summer months planted directly in a flower bed facing south.
When night temperature started dropping, I lifted it, removed the soil with a soft water spray then let it soak in soapy water for about 30min.
Once cleaned and bug free, it was placed in a clay pot with in a soil less mix.
I feel safe doing this after overwintering a Raspberry Ripple last winter, upside down in a box.
Once a week, the pot is placed in a tub to soak for a few hours and fed once a month with a natural seaweed fertilizer.
The photo was taken on Christmas eve.
To me that makes it worth the extra care.
Since this is a keeper, I did research to find the name of this pelargonium. I found a photo of P. Fiat Supreme in Geraniums and Pelargoniums by
John Feltwell that looks exactly like mine. According to Feltwell the Fiats are only available from specialist nurseries. So if mine is really a Fiat, it was a lucky find. Most nurseries in my area sell pelargoniums as unnamed, which makes preserving varieties more difficult.
P.S: I accidentally dumped this lovely pelargonium in the compost pile.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Shooting indoors without a flash or studio lights is a great way to practice low light photography. I like the fuzzy yellow stamens of this begonia. Getting the red to come out right was a bit of a challenge. With time I hope to add lights to my kit. You can find more details in the Photo index
Last summer, I had this potted begonia outside in a shady spot and it did bloom non stop. Now placed under grow lights it continues to bloom while the garden is waist deep in snow.
To learn more about this tuberous variety visit the Begonia Nonstop site
Visit Zazzle to order this image on note cards.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I've posted information on this pelargonium before but without an image. That made the post kind of boring. If you would like to see how this image would look on your wall, visit Artist Rising. Click on the image and then on frame it. There you can change the wall colour, the frame, the mat and even the glass. My favourite frame is the Sovia Pecan.
Details  Art print
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I could fill a book with photographs I've taken of this tree. In every season, with my children playing under the wide branches. With birds taking refuge from bad weather or protection from predators.
The pinus strobus also known as Eastern white pine was growing here long before we arrived and will still be here long after we're gone. Which reminds me of an old Native American saying:
We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Pine Tree in Shadows is now available for poster prints on Artist Rising and on canvas from Imagekind The tall white pine is on the east side of my home. So I see it every day. Through the years I've had the pleasure to observe wildlife taking refuge in its branches.
A few days ago it was a large wild turkey. I read only recently that they perch high up in trees at night to protect themselves from predators. I watched the large and agile bird walk closer to the trunk. The next morning he was the first at the feeders. Later, in the afternoon the rest of the flock joined him. This gave me an opportunity to take lots of photographs. Some of the photos will be posted in the new album on the McFingon.com site. I’m still trying to work out the design for the photography section.
The album at this location will no longer be available. All of my work is being moved to McFingon.net
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Update: Moved again. McFingon.net is managed with Joomla. The site combines the photo album and articles.
New T-Shirt on Zazzle.
All for now, take care
Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm also working on a website. There you will find links to all the sites where prints of my work can be ordered and a bookstore. I love books as much as I do photography.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I don't have a macro lens yet, but I was able to take a close enough shot to see fine details. As Bryan Peterson would say, I filled the frame.
To see this image in a frame visit Imagekind, click on frame it, then select your wall colour. This will give you an idea how it would look on your wall.
A new photo is now on Garden Images
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This Hibiscus plant was given to me to overwinter after it was left too long outside in the fall. It's always best to bring plants in before the weather turns cold. Makes it easier for them to adapt to indoor conditions.
Now placed by a south facing window, it blooms well in spite of the low temp outside. It also gave me a chance to try using the window as a background for a few shots. But the bloom is well over my head, so a ladder was needed. This is one of my first tries, got the window frame which doesn't look to good, right? So I tried again and again, moving and zooming in and out. Keeping Bryan Peterson's advice in mind.
Now only one bloom appears in this photo but the plant had two blooms and ten buds. So I'm hoping for blooms on Christmas day.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The first time I saw one is in Geraniums and Pelargoniums by John Feltwell. Click on the image for a larger view and you will see why they make such great show plants.
Had mine growing in a pot outside last summer but it didn't do so well and thought I killed it. So I checked in Success With House Plants
for proper care and repotted the poor thing and let it rest for a couple of months as directed in the book. Now my Regal is healthy and blooming in December.
I took close to 20 shots before I got one I felt gave it justice. Thank you Bryan Peterson. Before I would have taken just one and convinced myself it wasn't possible to do better.
If this photo peeked your interest on Regals, visit the Geranium Galery where you'll find lots of photos of named varieties. For myself, I've added yet another book to my wish list, this time 1001 Pelargoniums
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Using this book made me realize that I don't need to upgrade for some time yet. Which is a relief for my budget.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Now I like to think that my garden photos can entice you to grow your own or see the flowers as the works of art that they are.
Monday, December 1, 2008
As a plant collector, I like to learn as much as possible about all new additions to my flower beds. For example: I've learn that this particular daylily was hybridized by Pauline Henry and introduced in 1980. The AHS online cultivar database, describes this one as deep cream with large purple eyezone and a green throat. As you can see by the photo, it's a great colour combination. If you follow the links I supplied, you can learn more about this lovely hemerocallis.