flowers

How to create soft light for photos

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb

The best time for garden photography is the soft light of early morning after dawn, or late afternoon at dusk.  However that is not always possible, especially if you are visiting a public garden. I wrote a post here a couple years ago "Photos on the Road" about a trip to Norfolk Botanic Garden when [...]

10 Tips On How Designing Stunning Floral Arrangements Can be an Exercise in Mindfulness, Playfulness, and Creativity

– Posted in: Garden Design
Playing With Flowers

If you think that buying fresh cut local flowers and creating stunning floral arrangements for your home is a luxury, think again. Research has shown that being in the presence of flowers increases your level of optimism and sense of security, helps to decrease stress, and can have a significant effect on your 'happiness' factor. [...]

Flowers for the Bride

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Annie's wedding flowers

Weddings and old fashioned flowers seem to go hand in hand.  So it is a wonderful new trend in the floral industry that local flower farmers are now being sought out as an alternative to commercial greenhouse and imported flowers. Even more cool, my daughter Annie found a local farmer in Virginia for her own [...]

The Flower Silhouette

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Recently an editor asked me if I had any bold flowers on black background.  Rather than going through my files looking for something to transform with Photoshop I decided to shoot a new photo.  It's the height of the season after all. Clematis 'Dr. Ruppel' has just coming into full spring glory, twining up into [...]

Photographer at Spring Trials

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When the international flower industry gets together in California to show off what's new, I'm there. The gardener in me revolts.  The Gardening Gone Wild side chokes.  In any practical realm, this does not compute.  How does this massive display apply to any reality in the gardening world?  Ahh, but the whole thing provokes.  Acres [...]