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.

Agave
Aloe

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.
Advertisements

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

    Liked by 1 person

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

      Like

    2. Heyjude says:

      I’ll search you out Laura 🙂

      Like

  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.

    Liked by 2 people

    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!

      Liked by 1 person

      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 😦

        Like

        1. Heyjude says:

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

          Like

        2. restlessjo says:

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

          Like

      2. Do we get to share, eventually?

        Liked by 1 person

        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!

          Liked by 1 person

  3. desleyjane says:

    Wow that’s fabulous.

    Like

  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!

    Liked by 1 person

    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.

      Like

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

    Liked by 1 person

    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.

      Liked by 1 person

  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 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

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

      Like

  7. restlessjo says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    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!

      Like

      1. restlessjo says:

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

        Like

        1. Heyjude says:

          I’d best take some pictures for you then.

          Like

        2. restlessjo says:

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

          Like

        3. Heyjude says:

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

          Like

        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. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

    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!

      Like

      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 🙂

        Like

        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.

          Liked by 1 person

  8. Vicky says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

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

      Like

  9. RuthsArc says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

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

      Like

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

    Like

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a very artistic plant.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  12. What a great plant! How large do they get?
    Here’s my unusual plant: Hairy Balls Milkweed
    https://flowersbykaz.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/hairy-balls-milkweed/

    Liked by 1 person

Likes are nice, but comments spark a conversation...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s