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The Pergola Clematis

By pamelajean
A big thankyou to Ronnie (RonnieAG), Neil (NeilWigan), Maureen (Paree), and Ken (franken) for their very valued User Awards on my yellow roses, "Symbol of Friendship".

I have been overwhelmed by your response to my flower manipulations, and maybe I'll come back to them some time, but now I am attempting to gently wean myself off uploading any more, and am starting with a wonderful show of purple clematis from the immaculate West Dean Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex, situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park, on the River Lavant, founded by Edward James.

This 300ft-long pergola is the masterwork of the garden designer Harold Peto. It's a massive stone and timber covered walkway, a perfumed promenade, with a pond and little building at the end. V2 gives you a little better insight into its beauty.


Tags: Flowers and plants Vine Climber Liana Ranunculate Viticella Flammula

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netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
13 Oct 2012 12:21PM
An Excellent set,with lovely light,colours and shadows.a beautiful place to visit.

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Oct 2012 12:24PM
The flash in V 1 has brought all the detail and wonderful colour in that splendid clematis which has been captured at it's very best.
And V 2 shows off the structure of the pergola very nicely, Pamela.
So many photo opportunities there, I'd guess, these two just whetting the appetite for more?Wink
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 12:29PM
Both are lovely Pamela.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 12:35PM
Two beautiful and well composed captures, Pamela.

Tibetan 6 3 England
13 Oct 2012 12:52PM
Spot on Pamela great couple of photo's lovely garden, nice clematis which I have, but not done so well this year nothing as good as that, well done as always, love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
13 Oct 2012 1:07PM
Beautiful images Pamela,
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 1:22PM
What pretty photographs, absolutely lovely.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 1:39PM
V2 my preference here. It's more austere, linear, I like the sense of recession from the camera; plus the petunias aren't so in-your-face. Lovely complementary colours!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Oct 2012 2:11PM
v1 is a very good image of the flower, but v2 is a beautifully balanced image. Love the composition with the journey down the pergola to the window, natural framing on the sides, and a glimpse of the house on the right. The flowers on the pillar on a third are perfectly placed. v2 is a beauty.

13 Oct 2012 2:22PM
Two super shots.Hard choice between the two! V2 takes us nicely along the path, but I love the lighting on the lovely clematis in V1. Must be gorgeous gardens.

13 Oct 2012 2:24PM
Two super shots. Hard to choose between the two. V2 leads us nicely along the path, but I love the lighting on the beautiful clematis. Must be lovely gardens.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Oct 2012 3:06PM
What a beautiful splash of colour that you have captured Smile
Absolutely lovely Pamela. GrinGrinGrin

jdinne 15 16 England
13 Oct 2012 3:50PM
Two stunning images Pamela both equal in my eyes for their own strengths. V1 for the floral display and V2 for your composition.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 4:13PM
I really want to visit West Dean, but it's a couple of hours drive from where I live. I love v2 which shows the pergola and the clematis off to their best advantage. v1 isn't too dusty either!! Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Oct 2012 4:35PM
Wonderful colours, light and shadows in these Pamela, both are fine compositions and worthy of an upload. I think v2 just edges it but v1 shows the climbing clematis at its best
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Oct 2012 4:52PM
A beautiful garden, Pamela, I have visited it myself, and what a stunning clematis, maybe jackmanii? Carol
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 5:03PM
V2 for me I love the contrasting tones and the composition. What a beautiful deep colour those clematis are!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
13 Oct 2012 5:32PM
A beautiful close-up in V1, Pamela, but I do like the wider view in V2, so this has to be my fave! Wink
Trev Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Oct 2012 5:52PM
A mass of blooms looking ever so pretty!
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 6:26PM
Two lovely images Pamela, but going for the beautiful composition in V2
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 9:16PM
Beautiful image. Spot on lighting. paul
13 Oct 2012 9:23PM
Two beautiful and well composed captures, v1 for me, a great close up
13 Oct 2012 11:15PM
Fabulous pair. But I love the perspective in V2. Don
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 1:02AM
A pair of beautiful, colourful and superbly detailed photographs Pamela, each filled with so much warmth, just what we need right now... GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
14 Oct 2012 11:54AM
The flash in V1 really has lifted and boosted the impact of those marvellous colours, Pamela. Perfectly lit, IMHO.

bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
14 Oct 2012 9:11PM
V2 for me Pamela - excellent composition. I see why you needed flash for V1- looks well detailed.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:45PM
Two stunning shot, fabulous colours and excellent detail

14 Oct 2012 10:33PM
Two really pretty shots Pamela. Lovely colours.

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
14 Oct 2012 11:21PM
A very fresh change- still gardens best but in a bigger picture, the grand design off argent g.
Very good.
15 Oct 2012 10:55AM
Did you visit the paradise, not long ago?Wink
In response to your comment, Pamela: Yes. I placed an advertisement with a photograph in the local newspaper and on the local TV channel.
Regards Valery
15 Oct 2012 8:08PM
Two superb images Pamela
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Oct 2012 11:00PM
Looks a splendid and well presented garden here Pamela.
Just a pity some heavyweight sod with hobnailed boots
must have cracked all the garden path when walking over it !!
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
16 Nov 2012 4:53PM
A beautiful way to show off a perfect Clematis Pamela . I love both photo's one no better than the other . Wonderful work xx

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