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Green Alkanet

By chase
Alternative names...Evergreen Bugloss,posh name..Pentaglottis semperviren.
A Perennial & a member of the Boraginaceae ( Borage) Family. Native to south-west France, and the Iberian Peninsula, but is now naturalised throughout the British Isles. Prefers shaded, damp areas.
It was brought here for the red dye which can be extracted from the roots, but escaped from cultivation. The leaves are rough and covered with hairs.
The bright blue, forget-me-not-like flowers appear from April to July and arise from the upper leaf axils in clusters with two small leaves behind them. They are edible and are sometimes used to decorate salads.

This rather bristley plant grows very well in my garden under a huge Willow Tree.I suppose it's classified as a weed but it's so pretty with it's tiny bright blue flowers.

Lit by daylight from the right,white reflector opposite.
5 frames tonemapped in Photomatix...the rest of the fiddling done in Photoshop.

F 16 manual mode
F/L 50mm
Raw files converted in Lightroom.

Thanks for taking the time to look,enjoy your Bank Holiday Smile
Janet xx

Tags: Blue Still life Wild Edible Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Borage Green alkanet Evergreen bugloss

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Cor 9 Belgium
29 May 2010 9:30AM
Superb < > 10/10 +++++

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rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
29 May 2010 9:43AM
Beautiful image.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 May 2010 10:21AM
one person's weed, is another's wild flowerSmile, wouldn't you say?

Another certain winner here Janet

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
29 May 2010 10:23AM
up to your usual high standard Janet
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
29 May 2010 10:32AM
I love seeing these tiny flowers, but have never thought about taking a photo of them...what an idiot.....
This is simple, but beautiful Janet....well done.
Hilary (*.*)
Excellent work done here!
9 10 10 England
29 May 2010 1:11PM
Superb image - so elegant.
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
29 May 2010 3:18PM
Elegant and delicate.........just like me Wink
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 May 2010 3:23PM
well chosen subject making a great shot
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 May 2010 3:31PM
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
29 May 2010 6:14PM
Thanks everyone.

Quote:Elegant and delicate.........just like me
and me Chris....PMSL !! Wink

Janet xx
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
29 May 2010 7:43PM
They look so good together with the layer. Ann
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
30 May 2010 8:23PM
Just beautiful.


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