It is easy to think that the garden has done what it is going to do this summer. We can only deadhead spent blooms and keep things watered, and continue to keep things going into autumn.
And then it does this!
Which very quickly become this:
And then they do this!
And you just can’t stop trying to capture it in a photo. Because you absolutely must capture the luscious silky petals.
They are like the smoothest, creamiest blackcurrant sorbet you ever put in your mouth.
Sometimes you peer into their depths and get vertigo.
Sometimes you are transfixed by the iridescence. You touch the the soft nap of the petals, and what it would feel like to wear a dress made out of it.
You focus on the purple of the stamens. It might occur to you how similar they are to crocosmia.
You visit it in the morning as the first sun’s rays hit it. You enjoy the slight translucence to the petals and the shadows thrown by one petal upon another.
You appreciate its strong spine. It is a pebble rubbed smooth. There are milky tones of blue, turquoise and plum.
Just when you thought you’d taken all the photos you could, you visit at a different time of day, and the texture has changed! The light is catching it differently. Now it is like a skein of silken threads.
When you’re there, you notice how each flower is nestled under the one above.
And how this light is bringing out the darker tones, like velvet. And how elegant that curve is as the petal swoops over.
You marvel at the cupping of one petal cone inside another. And the creamy green Beautiful Bokeh behind!
You vow to just take one more photo. Just the one. No more.
But I do just wonder what it might look like with the blue sky as the background?
Have you ever had an obsession with one plant or flower in the garden? How did it end?
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