Gardeners have green thumbs. It’s fun to pretend one can grow a garden, but unfortunately my thumb has remained a shameful brown since the beginning of time. I usually wait a while before taking my plant’s portraits but have increasingly found myself photographing a murder. That’s why yesterday I decided to practice photo editing techniques on newly acquired specimens.
These three iridescent cuties were acquired to redecorate a neglected corner. Their picture is a composite of three images making sure each plant was in focus. From closest to furthest they are: red kiss rex begonia, gynura aurantiaca and fittonia argyroneura.
Next, the rubber ficus & fiddle leaf were set up for their close up. These two were repotted two days ago due to growing concerns over previous containers. But concern for their well being continues! Apparently both hate being moved around and may drop a leaf in protest. None have detached at this point but I don’t want to get my hopes up since it’s the rubber ficus’ first time out of a Wardian Case in over a year.
Although initially hoping for an Imogen Cunningham style, the lack of light made me back away from intricate details. A black and white edit, though not as dark as Cunningham’s work, was chosen because I love how contrast magnifies the subject.
Over the course of the afternoon, I chatted with friends in regards to our abilities (or lack thereof) to maintain for plants. Some of the situations were comical- a gardening club president unable to keep house plants alive. Others were gut wrenching – a mini evergreen tree planted in memory of a child stolen from their graveside, a couple accidentally frying their unity ceremony plant with Christmas lights… Then of course the usual ‘ I can’t keep succulents alive crowed’ which was a large percentage. My florist looked at me in disbelief when I told her about it.
“It’s impossible to kill a succulent,” she said ” I tried and it didn’t work”.
But those who answered my poll on Instagram disagreed. Drainage issues, lighting issues, pests, neglect and one of those freak accidents that insurance commercials love to highlight. In the end, only 32% said they could successfully keep a plant.
Dark sky rumbling, a flash of lightning, rain splashing and planters reflected in a puddle of water. Yup, the last edit was photo manipulation. Felt like it matched my mood, the weather outside and a compilation of thoughts expresses by previous plant owners. Plants are beautiful, enchanting and sometimes at war with their humans.
What are your plant anecdotes?