“Do you know what’s looking nice at the moment?” is a regular comment in our garden with one of us bringing a plant that is looking well to the other’s attention. Today it was Mary telling me that Lamium orvala was in full flower and was looking especially good. With the common name of “dead nettle” one would hardly expect any great beauty in this lamium but it really is a gorgeous plant. So, on Mary’s prompting, I headed off with the camera to catch the plant at its best.
In such moments I feel I am living by W.H. Davies’ precepts:
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows” etc
for photographing this one plant stretches to an hour of wandering and looking and taking photographs. It is a special time of enjoying the garden, a time of simply looking and admiring the beauty of plants, a time of relaxation and of whiling away a few minutes. I often think it is the best part of gardening!
Of course, as you have imagined, such outings to see “what’s looking nice at the moment” are a regular part of gardening life here, a daily part if weather allows – and if the weather allows gardening, it will also allow photography.
Here are a few from today’s outing:
Anemone nemerosa is a native species, a woodland plant, but there are also many interesting garden cultivars:
Erythroniums are woodland plants in North America and our conditions suit them well:
Trilliums have done especially well this year; T. chloropetalum and T. albidum especially so. These have made good clumps in the garden and are self-seeding.
Now, as to the title: Those of my generation will recall the days before camera ownership was not commonplace and tourist areas would have a photographer who would take your photograph and give you a receipt so you could view and collect a print the following day. Arthur Fields was “The Man on the Bridge”, well known from his presence on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. You may recall that such a photograph featured prominently in John le Carré’s Brighton Rock. Tramore has its own such photographer who walked the prom, and was popularly known as “Sticky-back Power” As Mary’s name also happens to be Power I regularly re-use the old name and give it to her.