Thursday, May 8, 2014

Social Media - Aroids on Pinterest

Just a quick heads up to say that I have just signed up to Pinterest. For anyone not familiar with the site, it's a kind of virtual photo noticeboard which allows the user to 'pin' images to their personal page.

I thought it might be a nice way to spread the word about the Arisaema and other aroids that are growing here. I have today added over 35 photos to the site, and have just about had enough of messing around with photos for one day! Over the years I have amassed a large collection of photos, and it seems a shame to keep them hidden on my hard drive.

I plan to upload plenty more images over the coming weeks, and the various noticeboards will eventually show many more photos than can sensibly be listed on my main website. Please do take a look, and if you already happen to be signed up to Pinterest and have an interest in these plants, please follow my postings there.

Click here to visit mu Pinterest page

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Arisaema engleri

Just before Christmas, I bought a new camera - a swanky Canon 600D. For too long I had been frustrated by the limitations of various point and shoot cameras I'd tried in the past. Whilst being fine for general use, they just won't capable of taking the kind of photos I had been wanting.

The new 600D has been a wonderful improvement, and whilst I am still learning how best to take photos with it, I am enjoying the results achieved so far. I'm sure that this newly resurrected blog will feature many of my new photographic efforts!

Now that Arisaema season is well underway here (the first species having been in flower now for several weeks or more), I spent an enjoyable half an hour unwinding in the garden with the new camera photographing Arisaema engleri in the warm evening light.

Arisaema engleri is a lovely species from China , first described back in 1910. My plants have a sinister appearance with a deep  maroon spathe with creamy white vertical stripes. The spadix does not protrude from the spathe mouth, and remains hidden inside, terminating in a pale grey, almost white tip. All my specimens have produced male flowers, so no chance of seeds this year. Here's hoping that they have a good season's growth and are able to bulk up for the next.