I can grow flowers. I love arranging them. But photography…oh, baby, it's hard. So here's a series of frustrations, images that were tried…before getting to yes.
I know what I want and I see it in my mind's eye. The perfect moody backdrop, the amber light, the shadows falling perfectly on an upturned bloom. Or perhaps colour, neither too saturated or too dull, but alive and right, honouring nature, the plants. Can you tell I'd rather write it than do it sometimes?
I have some learning to do and engaging my family as human props may only get me so far. But while I mention family, let me say it's a good man who will take his shirt off for you. Especially to be objectified, made into art.
Oh yes, the plant list! The creamy fantabulous sprays are the native Holodiscus discolour (don't you just want to say 'Holodiscus' all day?) aka Oceanspray (also a grand name); again native to the west coast is the Mock Orange, Philadelphus; 'Carding Mill' Austin rose*; white sweet peas; bronze fennel; hornbeam for foliage; whorls of Phlomis russeliana and the long rusty bits on the right are Macleaya cordata, a giant bronzy plant I'm sure you'll be seeing more of here in bloom. *Finally, the lily Hemerocallis 'Joan Senior' which was meant to be my focal flower (not roses again), but, um, given she's a day lily, she had retired early and there was no waking her up until the following day.