Another day, another Six on Saturday. As I am on a jolly holiday trip today I have risen very, very, very early* to contribute to this popular meme, for fear of the wrath of The Emperor Prop if I should miss another week**. Due to my extreme rushdom these photos could have done with a retake/delete, but as these pictures where snapped at the crack of dawn*** this was not possible. In an attempt to
justify excuse disguise my bad craftmanship explain, I decided to use the noble medium of metaphor to get me out of a sticky situation enlighten you.
Lesson One. Do not judge a flower by its lazy photographer.
Let us begin with the moody tones of Buddleja ‘Black Knight’. From this, carefully selected, angle the blooms are mostly in the shade. We have been robbed of an accurate representation of its beauty. This requires the viewer to exercise their imagination to complete the picture. It is important to keep the brain muscle active. Basically I am doing you a favour.
Lesson Two. Out of sight is out of a scatty mind.
Earlier in the year I dug up this Roscoea purpurea and potted it up for safe keeping. This spring, although I was patient, nothing came up in the pot. This poked up its cheeky head last week. In the ground. At the exact spot that I had dug it up. The question is what did I cosset through the harsh spell? A figment of my imagination perhaps.
Lesson Three: All that glistens is not gold platform boots.
Even when it is out of focus. The flower heads of Miscanthus nepalensis are sprinkled with pure sunlight. These gilded strands carry the seeds which will make more of these stunning plants. Once into their stride, this is but a baby, they produce spectacular, polished metallic, rasta dreads. A very special sight.
Lesson Four: Ignorance is sometimes bliss
Or, don’t believe anything you are told. Except of course that you are lovely. This white sidalcea was sold to me as an unknown geranium. Unknown, yes, geranium, no. The result is quite blissful. To represent the hazy nature of my knowledge off this plant, I have employed this vaseline smeared effect.
Lesson Five: Behind every great fuchsia is an great one.
Could be construed as, “don’t always look at the ones that push themselves to the front, the ones just behind are sometimes much clearer”. Fuchsia hatchbachii, a favourite of mine, is proving this point.
Lesson Six: Honesty is the best policy.
Usually anyway. Sometimes, in order to avoid misunderstanding or misrepresentation, words are not necessary. Here Hedychium ‘Tara’ is speaking for herself using her beauty alone.
That is your lot. Now you can nip on over to The Propagator’s site and find a cornucopia of SoSers, that should keep you out of mischief for a little while. As for myself, I must bid you adieu, off to RHS Rosemoor Flower Show ……
*If you believe this, you would believe anything
** I’m just kidding myself, he doesn’t even notice, he has so many loyal subjects, I am just another acolyte.
*** See * above