I recently installed some incandescent Christmas lights in an effort to keep frost off my small backyard greenhouse. I’m amazed by how much heat these little bulbs give off and I really didn’t expect them to look this good either. The greenhouse ends up looking like a giant lantern and glows in the illumination of the Christmas lights. The oranges and reds of autumn really stand out in the yellow glow of these lights. As I stood outside yesterday evening admiring their glow, I found myself in one of those excellent photography moments. I ran and grabbed the camera, the air was cold and calm and i began snap photos. It was a magical 20 minutes, and I’m quite pleased with the results. I think these are some of the best plant photos I’ve taken to date. The night is kind to a plant photographer, there is less background noise and high contrast. If there was ever a time for night photography, November would be it.
Nighttime Garden Photoshoot: November 2011
Billardiera longiflora is a dainty little vine from Australia, which so far proves to be hardy here in Victoria. In mid spring it has little indiscreet flowers and in late summer these cute little purple “peppers” appear. An interesting specimen for the collection.
Acacia pravissima, native to the southern interior of Australia, seems to be coping well with our cool Victoria weather. Time change happened today, and darkness fell earlier then ever. While I have moved more then 150 plants of all shapes and sizes to warmer homes, some have been left to challenge the weather on their own. It’s a bit of a sick game I know but I’ve got to test the boundaries of the plant zones. Acacia pravissima is listed as a Zone 8a (-12C) of which it has the potential to survive this climate. I’ve read stories on Dave’s Garden that people have successfully grown this species in Seattle and Portland Oregon. I’m giving it a shot, and have faith in my frilly leafed friend.
The other day while doing my usual garden meander, I noticed small little globes developing on the stems of A. pravissima. Being native to the southern hemisphere could this plant be confused and think summer is right around the corner? This is hardly the case, temperatures have been dipping down to 2-3 degrees Celsius and I’ve seen at least one frost on the window of my car in the morning. Still it seems perfectly happy. Being somewhat susceptible to it’s roots freezing in it’s pot I’ve placed a good amount of straw around it’s base. If we have a mild winter it should be covered in yellow flowers by December. I will keep you updated.