flowers

The Color of Flowers

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Williamsburg™ Purple, Chrysanthemum indicum potted flowers on patio plant stand; Licensed Photograph © Syngenta

Have you ever chosen a flowering plant by the color in a catalog or plant tag ?  Since the color we see in flowers is subjective to the color of light surrounding it, how did the photographer know the true color to begin with ? This Chrysanthemum indicum is called Williamsburg™ Purple. "Purple" can mean different hues to different [...]

Rose Bouquets

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Rose bouquet with pink rose 'First Prize' with floral wallpaper background

Gardening Gone Wild readers:  help me decide which photos to include in my new rose book. There are several sections to the book, explaining how to photograph roses in gardens and as close-up illustrations, but the section on bouquets has too many photos - or maybe not.  Help me out. There are so many ways to make beautiful photos [...]

How to create soft light for photos

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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 [...]