Nikon 1 V1 at the garden centre

I love photographing garden centres. There's something surreal and seriously kitch about a lot of what they sell. I've yet to discover just exactly who wants a Maori monument, smiling Buddha or grossly overpriced imitation classical statue complete with figleaf in their garden. Though it seems there are obviously more Buddhists with a desire to create a Zen Garden in the West Midlands than I previously thought!

I don't know whether other countries have them or if they are uniquely British. I gather some people go out for the day to them over here and they are now complete with restaurants with cake and tea of course, so they must have some attraction.

And yes Ann and I were there to buy something. But a couple of lavender plants, a terracotta pot and a shrub strikes me as fairly tasteful.

On the photographic front I used my Nikon 1 V1 with Sigma 12-24mm and 50mm f/1.8D lenses. A somewhat odd choice but I just wanted to see what they were like. The answer is no better than the native lenses and possibly slightly inferior. Not a combination I'll probably be using much in the future, but worth a look.