Saturday, June 4, 2011

Look closer

Today I’d like to invite you to take a closer look at the plants around us.

All too often we focus primarily on the big picture: what the entire garden looks like, or certain areas of it. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, a holistic view of the garden is necessary to make smart design decisions. However, don’t forget to stop and not only smell the proverbial roses (which we don’t grow), but also look at the intricate details of leaves and flowers. This macro world is full of beauty and wonder.

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Australian sword fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
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Variegated Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius 'Janet Starnes')
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Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
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Aeonium ‘Jack Catlin’
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Rock purslane (Cistanthe grandiflora)
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Whirling butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’)
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California buckeye (Aesculus californica)
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Northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
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Blue speedwell (Veronica umbrosa)
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Sea urchin sedum (Sedum lineare)
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Soap aloe (Aloe maculata)
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Red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
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New growth on violet prickly pear (Opuntia gosseliniana)
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Tequila Sunrise columbine (Aquilegia skinneri 'Tequila Sunrise')
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Deutschland astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii 'Deutschland')

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Fanal astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal')
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Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
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Giant elephant ear (Alocasia macrorrhiza ‘Borneo Giant’)
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Imperial taro
(Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris')
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Scouring rush (Equisetum hyemale)
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Pigskin bamboo (Phyllostachys viridis)
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Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
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Coneflower (Echinacea hybrid)

2 comments:

  1. WOW! Fantastic shots Gerhard! You're dab handy with the camera :)

    Amazing detail on all of them, love that new Opuntia growth. Do you ever join photo competitions btw? Because if not you should ;)

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  2. Thank you, Mark! Photography is another passion of mine. I used to enter competitions about 20 years ago and even won some prizes. But between family, gardening, and work there's little time now.

    The opuntias should really take off as we head into summer.

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