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Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« on: June 17, 2010, 08:56 PM »
I missed taking photos of the strawberries while they were flowering and nearly missed the hostas, so I thought I better get in gear and take some photos while there were some flowers.

Here's a small hosta.
 

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Re: Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 08:57 PM »
A little larger hosta in a Jack-pot
 

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Re: Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 08:59 PM »
And finally, a geranium with a spiral orchid in a Jack-pot.  The spiral orchid will likely flower in the next week or two.  I'll post more photos then.

Geranium Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial'

Thoughts, suggestions, and comments always welcome.  Enjoy.
 

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Re: Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010, 10:13 AM »
I've never really been able to get interested in keeping accents.  I like them well enough, but I guess I'm not set up well to care for them right now.  I really like the geranium & orchid.  Those geranium leaves are gorgeous.  What do you have in mind to pair this accent with?

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A few ideas to help these pictures though is to have a couple of bounce cards (anything white and opaque (...or even slightly translucent) at camera left & right ...but to the front of the plant bouncing light back to the front of the accent. 

It will add subtle light coming from the front, but add a lot more detail to the shadows.

For any of you w/ cameras that allow you to adjust the on-camera flash, if you dial the power down 2-ish stops then the shadows are less distracting behind the plant and you get a similar effect.
 

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Re: Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2010, 11:00 AM »
I've never really been able to get interested in keeping accents.  I like them well enough, but I guess I'm not set up well to care for them right now.  I really like the geranium & orchid.  Those geranium leaves are gorgeous.  What do you have in mind to pair this accent with?

I'm not really sure.  Perhaps my biggest JBP.  I'll post a photo this weekend.  It will certainly have to be a big powerful tree so that the red of the geranium doesn't distract from the tree itself, I would think.

Truth is I picked up the geranium because I thought it was neat, paired it with the orchid because it's neat too, into the Jack-pot, because I needed (wanted) to fill it, because it's neat too.  Keen.  ;)


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A few ideas to help these pictures though is to have a couple of bounce cards (anything white and opaque (...or even slightly translucent) at camera left & right ...but to the front of the plant bouncing light back to the front of the accent. 

It will add subtle light coming from the front, but add a lot more detail to the shadows.

For any of you w/ cameras that allow you to adjust the on-camera flash, if you dial the power down 2-ish stops then the shadows are less distracting behind the plant and you get a similar effect.

Thanks for the tip.  I've been fairly happy with my little light source (winter light bench for the buttonwood) but agree the pot area is too dark.  I have some poster board that should work, I would think.  Thoughts?
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Re: Hostas, Geranium, and Spiral Orchid
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2010, 08:25 PM »
I think the maple leafed geranium would look great in a fall display since the colors remind me of fall. Would a big glorius deciduous tree like a gingko in it's yelow fall dressings be too much color? I don't know. I like a lot of contrast but I guess that's a personal preferance.
I love hostas, they seem to go with everything.
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