shine on

One of the many beautiful things about gardens is the way the flowers complement and contrast with one another  at the same time that each one is is busy being its own individual miracle.

One shining star doesn’t throw the rest of the garden into shadow – it just helps every other thing to shine more brightly.

blog060215_purple&gold150/365: salvia and irises

after the rain

Few things are more delicate, fresh, and lovely than raindrops on petals (roses or otherwise). There’s also a depth to the light that emerges after a storm – a softness and subtlety that brings out the richness of colors more than sunshine ever could.

blog052715_iris144/365: iris

spring flowers: part two

I think of Van Gogh. The ‘Wild Irises’ that danced behind plexiglass in my college apartment.

There is an excess about these regal violet blooms. A sort of opulence that goes even beyond the usual floral grandeur.

They ain’t no innocent daisies…

Except for one thing: it’s all a trick.

These extravangant blossoms are dwarf irises. At around six inches high, they are as likely to be stepped on as they are to be admired. A petite creature myself, I am partial to expressing these flowers in monumental terms – true to the impact of their presence, regardless of stature.

The spring flowers, including the Magnolia Blossoms, were shot at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum during the crazy days of (very) early spring.