What’s In The Garden? #SundayStills

I’m delighted to be hosting the Sunday Stills photography challenge while host Terri Webster Schrandt is away.

This week’s theme: In The Garden

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘In the garden’? I think of beautiful living things that I saw in the public gardens and my small herb garden. Let me share a few photos, all captured with my cell phone, with you and #CellpicSunday.

Butterflies

Bees and butterflies are buzzing in the gardens in August here. Photographing butterflies has taught me to be patient. I received a few rewards for my patience.

A Red Admiral butterfly.
A Red Admiral butterfly with black and orange wings and white spots.
Camberwell Beauty or Mourning Cloak butterfly.
A Mourning Cloak butterfly with dark maroon and yellow wings and iridescent blue spots.
Monarch butterfly.
A Monarch butterfly with orange and black wings and white spots.
A Cabbage White butterfly.
A Cabbage White butterfly with creamy white wings and single black dot.

Birdhouses

It’s a delight to find painted birdhouses in the gardens. Art and nature together.

Roses

In the summer, I like to visit the Rose garden at Exhibition Place. The staff take good care of rose varieties and other flowering plants here. At peak blossom time, the roses are beautiful and their scent is lovely. This year, I was happy to see the Shrine Peace Memorial fountain and smaller fountains in the Rose garden turned back on after a long lockdown.

Fountains at Shrine Peace Memorial.
Fountains at Shrine Peace Memorial.

Tomatoes

This spring I grew a small herb garden of sweet basil, chives, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. There was space left in the centre of the planter box so I added cherry and plum tomato plants. Here come the tomatoes.

Cherry tomatoes.
Cherry tomatoes.
Plum tomatoes.
Plum tomatoes.

Those are a few lovely things I saw in the gardens. I’m looking forward to seeing all your entries for this week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge.

I’ll be hosting Sunday Stills again in the next two weeks. Next week’s theme is ‘Afloat’. Have a wonderful week!

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66 thoughts on “What’s In The Garden? #SundayStills

  1. Cathy August 22, 2021 / 10:21 am

    Lovely garden images. I’ve linked my post to yours. Good to find your blog through Sunday Stills 🙂

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 10:29 am

      Thank you, Cathy, for your visit and comment. I’ll visit your blog shortly.

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  2. Ally Bean August 22, 2021 / 10:33 am

    Beautiful photos. I especially like the ones birdhouses. I don’t see those often which is a darned shame.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 10:54 am

      Thank you, Ally. There are quite a few handmade birdhouses in the public gardens that I go to.

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  3. Maria August 22, 2021 / 10:51 am

    Love all the gorgeous gardens, but it made me especially happy to hear that you have your own little garden. One more thing we have in common 🙂

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 10:55 am

      We do have a few things in common 🙂 I keep the garden small for less maintenance this summer.

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  4. Dan Antion August 22, 2021 / 11:00 am

    These are beautiful photos, Natalie. I love the butterflies and the bird houses.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 11:14 am

      Thank you, Dan. I saw a wider variety of butterflies this summer than last summer. The birdhouses are nice surprises. I often see new birdhouses but have never met the artist(s).

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  5. Kirstin August 22, 2021 / 11:29 am

    THanks for hosting Natalie. Great photos. I love butterflies too. I don’t often see a huge variety here where we live, I wish we had monarchs. We do have some beautiful yellow ones though.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 11:40 am

      Hi Kirstin, I see a wider variety of butterflies in my area this summer. Monarch butterflies and Cabbage White are common here.

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  6. photobyjohnbo August 22, 2021 / 12:19 pm

    Thanks for adding to the Cellpic Sunday challenge. I see that I am remiss in not contributing to the #SundayStills challenge. I am looking forward to following your posts in my reader.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you, John, for your visit and comment. I use my cellphone to take photos and am glad that you host Cellpic Sunday. Sunday Stills photo challenge is on all week. Feel free to join us any time this week, or next week’s theme is Afloat. Have a great week!

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you, Graham, for your visit and comment. I saw a wider variety of butterflies this summer than last summer. The birdhouses are nice surprises. I often see new birdhouses but have never met the artist(s).

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  7. Retirement Reflections August 22, 2021 / 2:08 pm

    Thank you for hosting #SundayStills while Terri is away. I love your theme, and your photos. Your butterflies, flowers, birdhouses, fountain statue, and fresh growing vegetables are gorgeous. Most of all, they remind me that summer is still here!

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 2:13 pm

      Hi Donna, I’ve had a fun-filled summer so far and would like to extend it 🙂 I hope you’re having a lot of fun with family and friends’ visits. Keep your photos coming.

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  8. mariawijk August 22, 2021 / 2:24 pm

    Lovely captures from the garden! Butterflies sure test your patience 🙂

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you, Maria, for your visit and comment. The butterflies are so pretty so I don’t mind waiting 🙂

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  9. Jill Weatherholt August 22, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    Wow! Your photographs are stunning, Natalie. I love the butterflies. This year, the bumble bees have replaced our butterflies. The bumblers are everywhere! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Jill for your compliment. In my area, the Red Admiral and Mourning Cloak butterflies are less common than the Monarch and Cabbage White butterflies. A lot of bumble bees here, too. I try not to disturb the bees 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Bear August 22, 2021 / 5:03 pm

    So beautiful. Why I sooooo miss my zoom lens. I’d love to replace it, but my nikon is about 10 years old, so it would cost the same to replace the whole camera with a newer lens than to buy the old one. Sigh… either way, too expensive for me. Took me almost that long just to save enough to replace the computer.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you, Bear, for your comment. I use my phone camera for all my blog photos. I like its light weight and portability. I accept that sometimes I won’t get a good photo without a good zoom lens.

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      • Bear August 23, 2021 / 8:39 am

        WOW! I’ve not managed really great photos with my phone, they tend to pixelate too much when I blow them up. I’m pretty sure it’s the resolution. You must have an Ipnone. I hear they’re better. I have a cheapy tracphone.

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        • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 8:51 am

          I have an old iphone, at least three generations older than what’s recently offered on the market.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 5:47 pm

      Lots of activities and beauty in the gardens Debbie. I think the butterflies and bees are stocking up for the next season. A variety of flowers seems to take turn to display their best every week.

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  11. Denyse Whelan Blogs August 22, 2021 / 6:32 pm

    Hello Natalie, great to see your images. I wish I could get great close ups of butterflies! I went back in time for my post. Thank you for hosting. Denyse

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Denyse, I was happy to photograph these butterflies when they were busy. The first two are less common than the Monarch and Cabbage White butterflies. Thank you for linking up.

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  12. Betty August 22, 2021 / 6:47 pm

    Beautiful pictures of butterflies. I have only captured such pictures in my mind. Purple cone flowers, Monarch butterflies and tomatoes are three of my favorite things! And I love your thought that art and nature go together. That they do!

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you, Betty, for your comment. I’m glad my photos match three of your favourite things. Nature is beautiful and colourful at this time of the year. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Natalie August 22, 2021 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, Susanne, for your visit and comment. I was happy to photograph the butterflies when they were busy. I see a lot of bees, too and try not to disturb them 🙂

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  13. Hammad Rais August 22, 2021 / 10:37 pm

    Lovely captures, especially of those flowers with butterflies and the rose garden 🙂

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    • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 8:36 am

      Thank you, Hammad, for your visit and comment. I was thrilled to see the Red Admiral and Mourning Cloak butterflies as they’re less common than the Monarch and Cabbage white butterflies. The roses are easier to photograph as they don’t flit 🙂 May I ask how you found my blog?

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        • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 9:28 am

          That’s great to know, thank you. You’re welcome to join this week’s Sunday Stills any time before Saturday. I’m also hosting the next two Sunday Stills and my weekly Weekend Coffee Share. I’ll visit your blog shortly.

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    • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 8:39 am

      Thank you, Janis, for your compliment. I was lucky these butterflies were busy with the flowers and didn’t seem to notice me. The birdhouses are nice surprises. I often see new ones and have yet to meet the people who hang them or create them.

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  14. rawsonjl August 23, 2021 / 6:12 am

    What beautiful butterflies!

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    • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 8:41 am

      Their colours and patterns are attractive.

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  15. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com August 23, 2021 / 4:57 pm

    Need to gather the prompts for August so I can join you at the end of the month. Beautiful photos, Natalie. Had never heard of a cabbage butterfly until PC told me that his mom would give them a nickel for killing each one in her vegetable garden when he was a child. Sad!! But I guess they can be pesky to gardeners maybe? Our butterflies were very late this year. We are just seeing them now…maybe because of the rain we’ve had in August?

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    • Natalie August 23, 2021 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Leslie, for your compliment about my photos. I think the Cabbage White butterflies get the name from their colouring. They seem harmless to me. Sad to hear PC’s mom gave them the death sentence. I’d love for you to join Sunday Stills. Next week’s theme is Afloat. The challenge is on the whole week from Sunday to Saturday so you can post and link up any time during the week.

      P.S. I replied to your email. No problem if you don’t have time to write back. Just want to let you know in case my email was lost and you thought I didn’t reply.

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    • Natalie August 24, 2021 / 2:59 pm

      Hi Sarah, Sunday Stills photo challenge is on for the whole week so you’re not behind. Kew Gardens look beautiful. I love your photos and the palette of colours that you chose for your album.

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    • Natalie August 25, 2021 / 9:35 am

      Hi Hammad, Beautiful gardens in Dubai and Pakistan! Thank you for your virtual tours and for your participation in Sunday Stills photo challenge. Have a great day!

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  16. Christie Hawkes August 26, 2021 / 8:01 am

    Your patience paid off indeed. The butterfly photos are beautiful. I don’t have a garden, but am definitely enjoying the bounty and beauty of those around me.

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    • Natalie August 26, 2021 / 8:48 am

      Thank you, Christie, for your comment. I go to public gardens and keep a small herb and tomato garden at home. Perhaps you have photos from a garden visit to share with us. Sunday Stills photo challenge is on until Saturday night.

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  17. anexactinglife August 27, 2021 / 6:04 am

    Cabbage Whites are so hard to photograph, especially with a cell phone camera. They hardly ever seem to rest!

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    • Natalie August 27, 2021 / 7:45 am

      Yes, Cabbage Whites are restless. It’s much easier to photograph Monarch butterflies. Thank you, Dar, for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Dr Sock August 31, 2021 / 1:49 pm

    Hi Natalie. Our backyard garden attracts lots of butterflies, bees, and birds, including a pair of hummingbirds that return year after year. This year, Rob built me a raised garden bed for veggies. I’ve harvested lots of lettuce, Chinese greens, cucumbers and zucchini. The carrots also grew well, and I am thrilled that the eggplant has produced one four-inch fruit. I also keep containers on my deck for herbs, flowers and tomatoes.

    Jude

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    • Natalie August 31, 2021 / 2:09 pm

      Hi Jude, Your backyard garden sounds wonderful. Such a nice treat to have the pair of hummingbirds every year. They’re fun to watch. I’m impressed by your vegetable variety and how much you’ve harvested. Well done!

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