18/52 Buds, Shoots and Blossoms

I know flower photos can be boring, they are fairly static and there’s not much variation on the theme, but I still quite enjoy using the garden to practice macro shots. So, with the idea of trying to break the “close up of a beautiful bloom” mould, rather than photograph the flowers that are beginning to fill the borders, I looked instead at the buds and shoots.

The first image is some buds on a Clematis Montana which is doing very well climbing up our fence. The soft dusky pinks and the pretty bell-shaped buds are actually more attractive, when you study them, than the flowers they will become.

Clematis Montana buds. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Clematis Montana buds. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Some of my favourite garden flowers are those of the alium family. I love the big pom-poms of star-shaped blooms, the way they sway in the breeze and the inevitable buzzing of fat, pollen-seeking bees that comes with them. Here, the flowers are just beginning to tear the membrane of the bud, ready to burst forth soon, I hope. I just noticed too that there is the tiniest of spiders’ webs at the bottom of the picture, coated with droplets of dew.

Alium bud. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Alium bud. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Not strictly buds, these are the shoots of a Beauty of Worcester Clematis that we pruned back rather too enthusiastically, so it was a huge relief to see them. Like many elements of plants, they’re really furry and soft. I like the determined look of them shooting across the image here.

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Clematis shoots, Beauty of Worcester. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Finally, I couldn’t resist one of the blossom from our weeping cherry. You can’t see blowsy pink puffs of blossom like this against a blue sky and not feel for a moment at least like all is well with the world and Donald Trump was just a bad dream.

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Weeping Cherry blossom. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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