Being in the garden at this time of year is intoxicating. If there was a purpose in mind when the doorway was crossed, it is lost once the sights and smells swirl around the cinnaberry topped cerebrum.Carrying the camera and pointing and shooting is easy and fun, most of the time.Aha! The little Arisaema, Jack in the pulpit from a friend’s mountainside has sent up a bloom.Pardon me, Mister Jack, may I lift your hood and snap your portrait?Without clumsy gardener fingers spoiling the the shot?Here’s another way to do it, slide the camera under the flower, click and hope for the best. Be sure and listen for the little whirring sound that the Canon makes when the focus has been put into gear.It is so much easier to just crouch and shoot.With one knee resting on the ground to steady a wobbly body.Trying to get the shot without laying flat out.Easiest of all is looking eye to eye. Simply spread your legs, bend your knees, take a deep breath, hold it and click.There is wisdom in planting taller flowers.Did I mention that the azaleas are blooming?
Plants in photos: Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Garnet’, Hosta ‘White Feather’, Arisaema tryphyllum species, Trillium catesbaei, Aquilegia, Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’, Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’, Clematis ‘Josephine’, Iris germanica ‘Champagne Elegance’, Rhododendron aromi ‘High Tide’.
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My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
How to Cut Back the Too Tall Late Summer Bloomers
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
Did You Really Think I Bought All These Plants?
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
Lost Secret in the Bloedel Reserve
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
The Six Degrees Of Favorite Plants-Southern Living Blogathon
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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Oooooo your Jack is quite hansome. Mine didn’t come up this year. I hate that. I wonder what happened to them?? Your garden looks so lively now. It is such fun to walk about with you to see everything blooming.
Wow – what a great start to the year.
Now there is another “Jack” that I so want in my garden Frances .. those were wonderful pictures .. I will try to follow your directions on the picture squat pose ? LOL .. I know it works girl !! : )
Those azaleas are very pretty. It is so intoxicating in the garden this spring for sure. What wonderful flowers you have there. I’ll try to remember your instructions for squating but really love the ‘cinnaberry topped cerebrum’:))
I know just the feeling you’re describing, Frances, and I can’t wait until our gardens are full of blooming and growing plants again. We have a wonderful show of daffodils at the moment, with hyacinths just opening and tulips coming (a few kaufmannianas blooming), but the other plants are just waking up.
I’m picturing you contorting your body trying to get just the right shot. Sometimes it’s not easy, is it? 🙂
The Whitefeather is so beautifully photogenic, especially with the lovely leaves of the J. maple.
You have some wonderful blooms in your spring garden! Is that 2 different ‘Jacks’, or does he start out the darker color and change to the red?
Thanks for the lovely morning stroll. It’s a perfect way to begin the day 🙂
It is wonderful outside this time of the year isn’t it? Although it was 90 degrees here yesterday! Your gardens get more beautiful everyday, if that’s possible. Oh and I wonder what my neighbors think when they see me flat on the ground snapping photos!
Every where you look there is magic in your garden!
Aaaaahhhh, how refreshing!!!!
Very cool Arisaema. I’ve been searching but haven’t found Jack yet.
As usual great photos. I find taking them is a great excuse to get up close and personal. Hope you find getting back up easier than I do 🙂
“Cinnaberry topped cerebrum” is a great phrase. It would probably make a good ice cream flavour as well.
Hi Frances, love your jacks!!! “Being in the garden at this time of year is intoxicating.”–funny, that’s a very similar theme to a post I’m working on (but need to wait another day or two to get the photos). Now, however, you put “Do it Again” (“You go back, Jack, and do it again, wheels turning round and round…” in my head, but that’s not a bad thing. And because I was crazy into 80s music, the Falco version is in my head (I didn’t even realize it was originally by Steely Dan until years later!)
Good morning Frances. Wonderful pictures, and it sounds like you had a good work out taking them!
The Japanese Maple and the waterfall scene is beautiful! I wish our slope had enough shade to do something similar.
Good Morning Frances,
Lovely shots… the iris and azalea my favorites … champagne elegance and high tide beautiful and certainly things i love in other forms… intoxicating your garden is! Amazing what we can do without a tripod! Kneepads are helpful.
Frances, Black Jack is a treasure…at first I was sure you had found an exotic from Japan or China! But he is our own beauty and doesn’t he look fantastic in his closeup. All of the flowers look stellar today…Who needs the gym when we can do photo squats in the garden! I am going to head back outside, but I did want you to know how much I enjoyed your post. Have a sweet weekend…gail
Frances, well yes. Interesting. I always thought of it as eclectic. I mean, who else (besides possibly my nephew) has broader taste? For example, I love Cher, Sex Pistols, John Mellencamp, Frank Sinatra, Falco, Eminem, The Doors, Donna Summer, and a lot of that current stuff too! 🙂
Hi Monica, yes, that is pretty broad. What no classical or country? Not even Garth Brooks or Beethoven? I could go on, but will wait until we meet in person to continue this conversation. Can’t wait! 🙂
‘Simply spread your legs, bend your knees, take a deep breath, hold it and click.’ So true Frances, you are a funny girl. It is also true that it is intoxicating in the garden now…and I love being intoxicated 🙂
Take Care/ Tyra
Beautiful Frances ! I’ve never seen Jacks that colour. Around here they are very rare and soft green. Your garden is sooooo lush giving me the “ahhhhhh there will be life in mine soon.” 🙂
Amazing! So much colour and beauty. Was thinking along the same lines taking closeups – pretending I was a famous biathlon (silliest sport on the planet) athlete – and trying to fire between heart beats. Gave up – grabbed an old wire plant stake tag, rested my camera & all was well.
I’m in love – with that ‘Black Jack’! I’m ready to dump the other ‘Black Jack,’ the Sedum. He’s tall, dark & handsome. I had to laugh at your photography technique. I’d rather sit on the ground than do deep kneebends to get a shot.
Then there is the other problem – all set to take a shot and the wind blows…and blows…and blows… and my thighs give out. Obviously mine are not steely enough 🙂
Your garden is looking lovely at the moment.
Sounds like you’ve invented some new exercise moves to photo your plants! The plants are lovely and we appreciate your efforts to get so close and personal with your camera.
Another beautiful day! I think I have to fix dinner inside now! Charm is getting impatient with me being outside so much and not tending to her every greyhound need and whim.
BTW, The Musician was so thrilled this morning… he was sitting on the waterfall patio when Lord Banks came up within a few feet of him and enjoyed the feeder and flowers. He even calls the little hummingbird by his name, too! 🙂
ha. I’m so familiar with all these shooting techniques! Your garden is intoxicating Frances. I can see why you lose track of your original purpose.
Yes those Jacks are tiny and very shy. A steady hand is needed or an assistant to open the hood. I have seen some quite large so I think it should increase in size over time. And I was happy to guess the trillium before the list at the end. Those big stamens made me wonder, but those macro shots reveal more than the eye can often see.
I would love to add Jack in the Pulpit to my garden, I just love them. It’s pretty funny sometimes what we do to get a good picture isn’t it? Holding my breath is one I do a lot.
Indeed, being in the garden this time of the year is wonderful, especially one so beautiful like yours. What a nice weather we are having! I love your Jack, it is one of the cutest plant!
Jack is a handsome fellow and he has some beautiful friends in your garden. Have a nice weekend Frances, I know where you’ll be… 🙂
you have the most interesting blooms in your beautiful garden. i read the post before too love your new lady and the sedums. i can just imagine once you got home getting that big girl into place, bravo!
Love the cobra flower! They’re so unique and interesting with a beautiful shape! You and your camera work so well together, Frances that the result is magic!
Great photos. You stumped me with the trillium.
Frances, I’ve only seen jacks in the pulpit in the woods. What a great idea for a woodland or woodland-ish garden. I appreciate the photography lesson and realize I am going to need good leg muscles, and patience. Brath holding.
Once again you have gorgeous photos Frances!! Don’t you feel like a contortionist when you want to get some shots of those nodding blooms? I will read back throug your other posts that I missed this week, sure missed seeing all the spring bloom posts from everyone.
The jack is so striking, but what I really love in your garden at the moment is the Iris germanica ‘Champagne Elegance’ – it looks as delicious as a butterscotch and vanilla ice-cream.
I can’t say how many times I’ve found myself practically laying on the ground to get a decent photo. I crouch, kneel (oh, hard to get up anymore!), sway to the side, lean. The list goes on. Your photos are remarkably beautiful, Frances. Oh, I know. What we go through to try and capture them!
Just beautiful, simple as that.
I love the fact I’m looking at a Tennessee garden here in France. Bless the Wibbly,wobbly,web!
Bending the knees is easy; it’s the getting back up that’s the hard part:) But you’re right that getting on eye-level with the plants results in the best photos. Yours are gorgeous, and thanks for identifying them all at the end as well–I love that iris! I agree the garden is intoxicating right now; I’ve spent half the day working outside, and the other half recuperating on the couch:)
That trillium is simply astounding. I have only seen the plain wildflowers. I had no idea that could look like that.
Hi Frances – I don’t mind your fingers in the way when you have such lovely blooms to show off. I tend to wobble a bit too when taking photos 😉
A little bird tells me it’s your birthday today 🙂 Have a wonderful day and when you’ve got some time, my post today is for you – quite by coincidence, but what a happy one!
Goodmorning Frances! Atleast it’s morning here, and a beautiful one. You probably still sleeping. I can’t help smiling reading this post. Everyday when I’m out ther with my Canon I smile a bit since I can emagine what my neighbours are thinking “LOL” about “that crazy woman” next door. But we have to do our best to get that great shot of the flowers, don’t we? I’m so happy since my Canon have a display that I’m abel to turn in all directions. Then I don’t have to shoot “blindshots”. You pictuers are allways outstanding! Jack’s a beuti and that ‘Josephine’… Hope you’ll have a great day / your friend gittan
I’ve awnserd your qestion abou the link at my gardenblogg. Hope it helps =)
Happy birthday my dear friend! I hope it’ll be a real good one / gittan
A little Blotanical told me it’s your birthday! Have a happy one!
Today’s offering was magic, Frances. I love to visit your garden. Although I’m late commenting on this post, I think I’m right on time for my visit. That’s because I came to wish you a beautiful day and a happy birthday. Enjoy!
I’m back to wish you a Happy Birthday, Frances! I hope you are out enjoying the day with your family.
Wishing you all the best on your birthday, Frances. Have a wonderful day!
Hello Francis. Yor photography is stunning. Having just recently started a blog on Joanne’s cottage garden I am already wanting to improve my photography partly my skills but also the detail and clarity I know eventually I will have to find a better camera to do the plants justice.
Happy birthday, Frances!
Hello to all of you, my dear dear friends! We just returned from a weekend trip of visiting the offspring for some birthday fun and what a delightful surprise was waiting on the blog and at Blotanical with so many well wishes. Each and every word fills my heart with joy and happiness. Thanks to you all for making this an unforgettable birthday!
Good morning Frances, Jack is stunning, as are all his friends. Your garden is so gorgeous!
Glad you had a wonderful birthday!
Hi Frances ~ HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! I had little access to my computer last week, and am just catching up on what I missed. Your post is wonderful. I can’t believe how gorgeous your garden is looking. Enjoy the beautiful weather and your gorgeous blooms!