I’m working furiously to get caught up on captioning after a very busy spring out photographing both gardens and native plants. I think I’ve finished with May and a quick database query shows 2,947 photos captioned for the month. That’s a lot of shooting time, and a lot of time spent in front of the computer figuring out what plants I shot and entering captions in my database and into the digital file metadata fields.
This little Columbine, Aquilegia bertolonii, was photographed at the end of the month in a garden near Bellingham that has lots of interesting species, including rock garden gems, Rhododendrons, and a large number of dwarf conifers.
In May I photographed in eight private gardens and two public gardens. I visited seventeen locations for native plants across Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. I may not make it to quite as many locations in June as we’ve had some miserable weather early in the month and I’ve been chained to the computer. Most of the native plants are now online at Pacific Northwest Wildflowers and the rest of them will eventually make it into the galleries there. I’m farther behind in getting the gardens online, but the east-side gardens are at Inland Northwest Gardening.
Occasionally I get e-mails from someone who’s seen either my garden or wildflower photography and wants to know what some plant is that they’ve seen. I do my best from the JPEGs they send and sometimes have a good idea what it is they have. Other times I’m completely baffled, particularly when it is something found far from my personal experience. With garden plants it’s particularly hard because there are so many named cultivars besides the species. Sometimes I can only get a plant to family or genus. It’s a lot easier to identify plants in the field when you can see all the pertinent characteristics. Most people don’t photograph plants with an eye to identification later.