Just look, and look again

I know my goal as a gardener is to create a garden -- a community of plants that works artistically and as a habitat. Viewing it as a whole is important, to ensure that everything is pleasing, and works with its neighbors to create the whole.

Sometimes though I just can't stop focusing on the plants. Seeing them in different ways, from various angles, under different lighting conditions.


The textures, colors, and forms are just so incredible when scrutinized. Sometimes the tiny details are the best parts of the plant, like the purple pedicels of the otherwise all-green Tradescantia virginiana:

Or the how-did-this-ever-happen patterns on the leaves of 'Painter's Palette' Persicaria, common enough but less than a year old in my garden so still new to me:

Sometimes it's just the right lighting that accentuates details that I might otherwise miss, like the wrinkly crinkly unfolding leaves of Alocasia macrorrhizos, upright elephant ears:

Big leaves are some of my favorites, especially if they have a little color to them as does the banana-like Ensete maurelii:

The unique foliage of Pelargonium crispum 'Cy's Sunburst', so lemony to both the eyes and the nose:

I've taken a look at this before (even though I can't find the post!) but the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' looks amazing from any distance, but reveals its maze-like skin patterns only up close:

Yes, I'm crazy about great foliage, but there are wonderful things about many blooms too. 'Lady in Red' Hydrangea always captivates me:

I should probably stop here, as I could go on and on and on -- as it sometimes feels when I'm walking around the garden "for a minute" and an hour later finally make it back inside.

Maybe I like focusing on individual plants so much because it's much harder to fit them all together into a pleasing garden?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM)  

I love these macro shots. We rarely take the time to look this close.

Kris Peterson  – (June 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM)  

As someone who too often picks plants first and figures out where to put them later, I suffer from the same challenge of putting together a cohesive garden. My hope is that, by trial and error, I'll get there eventually but, in the meantime, I enjoy the foliage and flowers. Your close-up pics are always great.

The Gardening Blog  – (June 11, 2013 at 4:48 AM)  

Love the up close and personal days with my plants too! Lovely pics and interesting angles!

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