Today’s photos are from Hugh Locke.
As cell-phone cameras have gotten better, I have been using mine to capture close-up images of the flowers in my garden in Westchester, New York (Zone 6b). My goal has been to focus on details like petals, stamens, and pistils rather than flower portraits. The folds, shading, and edges of a petal become a study in motion. A tiny floret becomes a flower. A petal becomes a contour map with color markings. None of these photos have been manipulated or filtered, other than being cropped. The last photo is of an indoor plant as a nod to the winter currently being endured until we can get back into the garden.
Tulipa hybrid (Zones 3–7)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris incana, Zones 7–9)
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata, Zones 3–9)
Siberian iris (Iris sibirica, Zone 3–8)
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis, Zones 3–8)
Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica, Zones 4–9)
Lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 9–10 or as an annual)
Giant larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual)
Crocus (Crocus vernus, Zones 3–9)
Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia, Zones 8–11 or as an annual)
Castor bean (Ricinus communis, Zones 9–11 or as an annual)
African violet (Saintpaulia lonantha, Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant)
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