cold, slow spring

DSCF0549-callalilies4-freehandcrop-blogSpring has turned cold and slow, forcing amateur photographers and their new cameras into the garden centers of big box stores to practice their plant photography.  From Menards last weekend: a bicolor calla lily with beautiful spotted leaves, above, and a branch of Japanese maple against a flaking yellow-painted parking lot.


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2 Responses to cold, slow spring

  1. Sean K. says:

    I like the juxtaposition of the Japanese maple and the parking lot. If I didn’t know it was taken at a garden center, I might think it was a photo of urban decay of some kind (or urban reclamation by nature, if you will). Of course, that’s an unlikely plant to find growing wild among abandoned urban infrastructure, but stranger things have occurred.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    Well, anywhere a garden is abandoned some garden plants may survive. I’ve seen plenty of naturalized daffodils growing in clearings in the woods, and lilacs blooming long after the house is gone. And abandoned orchards that still yield edible fruit are a staple of storytelling. But while the Japanese maple can be a very long lived tree, most of the ancient examples are in ancient Japanese gardens being meticulously tended by generations of Japanese gardeners.

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