garden photography: in a spin

During September I want to see your favourite flowers.

(This month I’m looking at flower portraits – showcase a flower that you are particularly fond of or one that is unusual)

Spiral Aloe (Aloe polyphylla) is a species in the genus Aloe that is endemic to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains. It is well known for its strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit. Wikipedia

I am very fond of succulents and by moving to Cornwall where frost and extreme cold is rare (crosses fingers) I hope to grow some of these architectural plants in my garden.


If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules🙂

  • Create your own post and title it SeptemberFlower Portrait
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in October.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Jude – I actaually did a flower portrait yesterday before seeing this post and will link up soon – I too love aloe architecture but wish they were kinder to the touch as they do invite it with all those curves

    1. obviously will put it on my photo blog not the writing one linked above

    2. Heyjude says:

      I’ll search you out Laura 🙂

  2. I hope you’re travelling well and having an enjoyable journey to Jo – I’ve only just remembered there’s an Edinburgh meeting.

    This is a great photo – spikes and texture and colour, and of course whorls.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, slowly winding our way northwards now. Sitting between the cathedral and the castle in Lincoln. Tomorrow will be a full on history day!

      1. restlessjo says:

        And haven’t you got fabulous weather over here on the east coast? Make the most! I don’t hold out too much hope for Edinburgh 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          No? Is it changing by the end of the week? It has been lovely today.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Wind and rain by the weekend but the details are vague at the minute.

      2. Do we get to share, eventually?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Eventually – wifi is pretty erratic and we are travelling one day and exploring the next so not much time to sit and blog. I shall have enough photos for the next year I think, or sat least all of the winter!

  3. desleyjane says:

    Wow that’s fabulous.

  4. susurrus says:

    Great shot! I’m growing to love this kind of plant too – and I see I need not have worried about using a filter. When I hear the words flower portrait, my mind goes straight back to Redouté style single rose stems, so I’ve been looking for one of those – without too much luck as I’ve never had the confidence to take one!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sometimes I find a filter adds texture to a plant which works in this case. A single rose? Mmmm… might have to give that a go.

  5. I love this picture of your aloe plant, Jude. Good luck growing them in your garden. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They should be OK as long as they have lots of drainage. I may try some in the parking area which is gravelled and south-facing.

  6. rusty duck says:

    The only one I’ve ever seen in the flesh, as it were, was at St Michael’s Mount. So you should be OK if you’re near the coast 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, near the coast but in a very windy spot!

  7. restlessjo says:

    A filter? I thought it was a textured finish. 🙂 No matter- I like it a lot 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a physical filter – one of the software edits. Poster edge? Maybe. I am in love. With Lincoln cathedral and I have only viewed it externally!

      1. restlessjo says:

        It’s a long while since I was there and I don’t remember the interior at all. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I’d best take some pictures for you then.

        2. restlessjo says:

          That would be awfully obliging. 🙂 I imagine the camera’s in overdrive.

        3. Heyjude says:

          It’s been a little overheated! But not in Durham!

        4. restlessjo says:

          Thanks for the e. Shame we couldn’t coordinate better 😦 We were a day ahead of you in Durham. Gloom has descended this morning. I think the picnic’s over kiddo! 🙂 I’ve only seen Alnwick Water Gardens in the rain and they were still stupendous. Wish you luck with the driving into Edinburgh. 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      Yes a shame the weather has changed today, I have been looking forward to seeing these gardens. Oh, well. As for driving in Edinburgh I shall rely on the trusty SatNAv. She’s done OK so far apart from thinking we were in a field around Doncaster!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Just come in from t’ai chi (one legged version 🙂 )and it’s definitely a day for cosying up with a book. Hairdressers this afternoon so I’m immaculate for you- but grey! 😦 ). Did you find one? I’ve left you another e but nothing of consequence 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I did find one so I am shorn and also grey. Very misty here today, but we still spent 4 hours in the garden. The rain held off mostly.

  8. Vicky says:

    Yippee, I can join in this month! Lovely Aloe shot….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Vicky, I shall look forward to what you find for me 🙂

  9. RuthsArc says:

    Nature is just so perfect at times. Lovely shot, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Ruth, bet you are glad winter is over. How is the spring over there on Tassie?

  10. This shot is incredible ! I love it. It so artistic 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a very artistic plant.

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You won’t have any problems growing them Jude, just watch out for some with prickles!

  12. What a great plant! How large do they get?
    Here’s my unusual plant: Hairy Balls Milkweed

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