IN THE FIELD: Building Your Seasonal Image Library
My library of floral photography has been growing by leaps and bounds this season due to my many visits to garden centers and greenhouses. The subject matter is so diverse in these places, it should keep me occupied for quite some time.
A big plus with photographing plants in greenhouses is the conditions are pretty constant. Temperatures are warm, although it can be a bit humid, plenty of light is available, and there is no wind to speak of. There may be a light breeze from fans used to circulate the air, but that can be dealt with easily. I just ask to move the specimen to a better location. And there are no sudden downpours to put a damper on the fun. Unless you step on a nozzle attached to a hose.
This is a photo of a dwarf azalea displayed among some foliage houseplants. Usually these are greenhouse grown, and meant to be displayed indoors as an early spring ornamental while they are blooming. It’s a shame, but most folks toss the plants after their bloom is finished.
However depending on your climate zone, if you carefully and slowly acclimate them to the outside air and temperatures, plant them in a partially shaded area and be sure they get enough water, they will often survive outdoors. And they will put on a show year after year.
Of course, that would eliminate one of your excuses to go the garden center again next year.