Did you ever notice, as you go out into the garden to try to capture an image of something that looks really pretty to the human eye….
For example, the difference in not only the petal reflex and petal color, but the fuzzy pollen appearing from once smooth and silky stamens on Lilium martagon x ‘Mrs. R. O. Backhouse’ as the blooms age escaped me. I never noticed that before, but this is only the second year for her growing here. The promise is made right here and now to be more observant. And/or to take more photos.
Last year there was a lily experiment of sorts, click here to read the story about it. A mixture of the scented asiatics was planted in a raised box behind the shed, to be sorted, dug and replanted in appropriate beds later on after the bloom colors were identified. This red with yellow center batch went into the Black Garden, where reds and oranges help better spotlight the dark foliage and flowers. Or is it the other way around? I never noticed there were freckles, too.
Backing away, standing in the adjacent Yellow/White Garden, the reds certainly do stand out, especially against the white blooms of Viburnum nudum, written about here.
Backing up a bit, the white Astilbe ssp. that has been divided and spread for over ten years as a good weed suppressing filler under the deciduous azaleas might even steal the chocolate thunder from the foxgloves….
….Although it might struggle to be noticed with the lilies coming along. This one is Lilium ‘Buff Pixie’, moved from the side of the Daylily Hill where it was being consumed by Hemerocallis foliage. This is a much better venue for it to perform. Need more pixies, obviously.
The Gravel Garden, story here, is a spot that is good for close up plant inspection when on foot or zooming with the camera while seated in the blue chairs under the golden elderberry. Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ has managed to stay alive for several years now and the bees delight in filling their saddlebags with the orange pollen, even if the camera thinks the purple stamens are more worthy of its focus.