Pattern & Texture – Word for Wednesday in Photos

I suppose it’s because we are in Autumn that I immediately thought of trees when I saw the theme for this week’s ‘Word  for Wednesday in Photographs’ was texture and pattern.

I think in the Summer we are overwhelmed with the colour, abundance and voluptuousness of flowers that we see the whole more than the detail.  However in Winter and Autumn we can look more closely and notice more.  The pattern and texture of the lichen above sums this up very well.  There is a crisp feel to the lichen and a fragility although it is quite robust.

I am increasingly finding trees more and more fascinating.  We take them so much for granted and see them as a whole rather than looking at them carefully.  This was brought home to me when I recently reviewed Seeing Trees and I have started to look more closely.

I love the texture of bark and the variations that you get.  I think the photo above is of American Black Walnut which I took last year at Arley Arboretum.  I was really taken with the ruggedness of the bark with the deep crevices.  If you didn’t know better it might be a photo of some ploughed rough mud.  In contrast you then have bark like the one below.  The colours are warm and the texture reminds me of sheets of tissue paper. I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember which tree this is but I suspect it is an Acer of some form.

Sometimes, the patterns of the bark stand out from quite a distance as with this tree at Portmeirion.  To me this tree looks more like an artistic creation, all sweeps and curves – it reminds me of a ballet dancer performing an arabesque.

I wondered how the branches become so twisted looking, its very strange but quite magical.

Even the bleached timber of a split log is beautiful, full of pattern and texture.

And then there are man-made patterns.  I discovered this at Portmeirion.  It is a tree stump and small coins have been inserted in it.  We couldn’t quite work out how, there is a deliberate pattern and it appears that at some time the wood grain had been more open enabling the coins to be inserted and then it dried up and encased the money.

If we choose to look more carefully and closely at the trees and plants around us we will discover so much more.  A way of doing this is to take  close up photographs or even draw what we see. I have learnt from my botanical art classes that nature is full of texture and pattern much of which we are blind to.

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A little time goes a long way



This weekend has been particarly busy with my eldest’s 19th birthday and decorating  my youngest’s bedroom ready for new fitted wardrobes.  However, I did manage to get about an hour all told  in  the garden to get my theraputic fix. There is so much to d at this time of year especially as it has been very difficult to get into the garden over recently weekends due to the snow and cold.  So what to do first?

Well I had received a lovely package from Plants of Distinction with some seeds which I had ordered earlier in tthe week.  As some of them such as the Bergonias need starting off asap at at high temperatures I  decided to set up my window sill propogator and to start sowing the first batch of seeds of the year. Sowed Begonias, Verbenas, Nemisias, Eryginiums, scented leaf Geraniums.  Its very saitsfying  to see the little trays of seeds each with its own clear plastic lid.

Then, what to do next? I also needed to write my article for Yellow Pages and this meant that I had to come up with something seasonal along with an appropriate photo.  Having looked through my gardening advice books I was reminded that I  should have pruned my Cornus bushes in order to promote new stems with strongly coloured bark for next winter.  I set to and decided that instead of cutting the whole shrubs back hard that I would leave one or two of the newer tall thin stems.  I had read that my doing this the plant may produce flowers and the plant will be stronger.  The above shrub ended up with only three stems left but I do think it looks so much better. Photo dutifully taken for post where I shall do a more detailed description of pruning dogwoods.

Hopefully, next weekend I will get abit more time to try and complete some of the work that needs doing.  I have tidying up to  do, plants to move, borders to redesign, seeds to sow, summer bulbs to plant, seedlings to pot up etc etc!!!