Sunday, November 22, 2009

Autumn - Images for gift 1

This week it was often still so warm that I could sit and pray in the garden. Once I sat down on a stone from where I could watch the leaves of the oakleaf hortensia turned to purple. Then I thought about what a wonderful Christmas present it would be to compose an image with these shades of purple. And I have composed it like this:

You can print it in A4 size at 300 dpi. Of course also in smaller and larger size, but in the latter case the resolution – and thus the quality – of the image will be less. Have a try, and tell me how it came.

I will also publish some more printable-size compositions in the future. Even before Christmas if I will have time.

The plants on the picture are:
Left side column: on the top a Bergenia, in the middle an autumn-colored leaf of a Paeonia, on the bottom the fruit of Viburnum rhytidophyllum.
Central column: on the top an Euonymus hamiltonianus 'Indian Summer', and below it, in order, a Sorbus 'Titan', a Hosta leaf, one more Euonymus hamiltonianus 'Indian Summer', and a rose leaf in autumn colors.
Right side column: top and bottom: Paeonia leaves in autumn colors, and in the middle a Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The last watering

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Imperial crown

“…suitably to its name, came to the European ornamental gardens through the mediation of two real emperors and two uncrowned kings of Renaissance botany…”

“…One of the emperors was Great Suleiman, il Magnifico, as Italian historians and al-Qanuni, the Legislator, as Turkish and Persian chroniclers called him. He complemented and stabilized the conquests of his father and grandfather, and his long reign was the golden age of Ottoman culture…”

“…Persian literature and art, including garden art, played a great role in this revival. Bread feeds the body, but flowers feed the soul, goes the saying attributed to Mohamed, and in this spirit Suleyman established in Istanbul the Flower Market which still functions on its original site, in the neighborhood of the Spice Bazaar…”

The story continues in the Poemas del Río Wang