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June 14, 2015

agaveconesTrimming, snipping, pruning, raking and dead-heading; all are enjoyable aspects of gardening. But all of these activities lead to piles of plant debris that must be dealt with. As a creative person — an aesthete, if you will — I love these garden byproducts, these piles of dessicated or dead plant material. If someone were watching they might see me sifting through these heaps of what most consider trash. And if they were to ask, I’d say I was in search of  a particularly attractive seed pod that had caught my eye earlier; my imagination taken by a dried-yet-graceful stalk, a dead but still lovely flower, by a leaf with spots in a surprising color. These five photographs are of plant material I waylaid on the way to the green trash can. Each was shot against a neutral background of corrugated cardboard, then treated to Photoshop enhancement. Each has been titled and sourced as well.



(Discarded agave cores; found in neighbor’s trash area)




(Dessicated aloe ferox stalks; gift of R. MacGregor)




(Fallen eucalyptus bark; Rancho Reubidoux)




(Dessicated aloe ferox stalks; gift of R. MacGregor)



(Dessicated Queen of the Night blooms; Rancho Reubidoux)


I don’t limit my debris scrounging to my own garden; I found the elements for these photos in places other than my own property. But whether I dragged it home from the neighbor’s or it was delivered by a friendly nearby propagator (after I begged for it), I have no pride when I want to get my hands on some good looking garden debris. Most of these elements have gone on now, but I love that they will continue to exist here; well beyond their own lifespans and certainly longer than my own.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2015 12:39 pm

    Gardener’s memento mori. I love them! I’m similarly taken with the skeletal remains of plants and often try to give them second lives. One of my all time favorites are the dried flower pods of garlic chives (sometimes called Chinese chives). I think I like the pods even more than the blooms. And when an oak drops a branch covered with lichen? Heavenly! I enjoy viewing those colors and shapes more than cut flowers any day.

  2. June 15, 2015 5:30 pm

    love it !!

  3. June 15, 2015 8:47 pm

    I love the photos with dried partos of flowers. I have some very nice ones fron the different heliconias.. Some I spray silver or gold for decorations. I especially like the “Tribute to the Torch”.
    I checked out the link you gave texasdeb, and my favorite is Lady Eugenie Brugmansia.
    Thanks for all the wonderful posts.

    • June 15, 2015 11:24 pm

      Hi, Val, thanks; that old post was one of my favorites! And, the Lady Brugmansia is hanging in my home. 😉

  4. June 15, 2015 10:29 pm

    Your creativity is off the charts. I’m in awe.

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