Monday, 24 May 2010


Even at the most exciting time of the garden year, when the growth rate of plants and flowers seems exponential and every day brings something new, the garden is in decay.  The short lifespan of many flowers goes almost unnoticed at this time of year, as hundreds of new sights vie for our attention, but there is as much beauty in the fading flowers of, for instance, the iris shown here, as in the grass seedheads we celebrate at the end of the season.  Close inspection of this flower, curled in on itself to make 'horns' at either side, revealed amazing texture, which I hope is captured in the black and white image.