garden ponderings

Far and Near


I have found that I like some flowers because they look beautiful up close (especially the aromatic ones:-), and others because they look so good massed, at a distance.

Ox-eye, or field daisies, are a prime example.

In a meadow, the tall daisies can be quite stunning.
Up close, the flowers look ordinary and the plant itself gets weedy looking.

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I think St. John’s Wort has an especially lovely flower.

In my garden, this plant grows as a ground cover behind a flower bed.
Rarely do I go after the weeds in this out-of-the-way location.

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Lychnis Coronaria is a deer- and drought-resistant plant, that grows in sun or shade.
Though it doesn’t seem to flower when located in heavier shade.

These white blossoms are the ‘Alba’ strain.
While the magenta flowers are often called Rose Campion.

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This plant was labeled a ground rose when I purchased it.
I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I learned to prune the lowest branches away,
so I can deadhead without getting thorned to death.

This is definitely an example of select flowers that look great up close,
but the entire plant gets raggedy looking when it needs a ‘haircut’.

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I like to think of Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings whenever I see flowers
up very, very close.  Her vision of the micro view of flowers is very sensual.
But that is another discussion.


Author: susanpots

potter, gardener of flowers and vegies

2 thoughts on “Far and Near

  1. excellent point about how flowers look best

  2. Sometimes it is just a different view. As blossoms fade, they can still look good from a distance. Perhaps one could say that about human youth, they look up close & from a distance, while as we age, the up close view is not always as nice as the distance!

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