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.
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.
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.
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.