Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Collector

I buy plants I want to photograph. I don't plan, I don't design. I collect. I know I should buy three plants, but I buy one. My garden is more like a menagerie than a landscape. I do try to plant my new acquisitions where they'll do well—right plant, right spot, etc. And just last season I realized that my new, bright yellow Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), looked awful in the bed with the various blues and purples that were blooming nearby, so I moved it. I do really want my garden to look nice, but I get caught up in the details of individual plants.
For instance, last year I saw some photos of a Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) on Flickr and went wild. I mean, the thing had HAIR! Well, I had to have one. And photograph it over and over again. 

I know, a little like mug shots.  But, once again, IT'S GOT HAIR!  What's not to like?  
But I confess I did go back to the nursery and buy a few more.  And this year I was rewarded with this beauty.

This sweetheart even has a touch of the creature about her.  And if the wind is low and I get very close, I think I can hear her murmur, "feed me!" 


  1. Lovely photographs. Just subscribed to your awesom blog.

  2. Hey Emily! These are beautiful pictures! I'd love to know more about your camera set up. (I'm jealous, but I try to take pictures, too.)

    ~Jan Stirm

  3. As one who as a lack of hair, I take umbrage. But like you anyway :)

  4. Emily - how wonderful! I will enjoy following this beautiful piece of your life. Subscribed!

  5. You're off to a great start, Em! Thanks for letting me know about your new blog!
    XOXO Y

  6. You should come up and shoot the bog beans in my pond. Fringed. Cool. Plus they are called "bog beans".