Two Crops Of Alliums (Not That Kind Of Crop)

While I didn’t get the effect I was hoping for, fate has granted this picture a floral, textural, whirly, fantasy feel that has something going for it. I don’t know if the perspective makes it dreamy or nightmarish, but I do like the way the colours work together and the sweeping of the grasses.

A landscape crop excluding the dark flowers below would be a more conventional approach and it’s easier to pick out the blur of the approaching bee. Alliums are irresistible to bees, even when they are little more than buds, as here.

The landscape crop directs the eye better. It’s less messy, but for me, less engaging, while the square crop draws me in, having a Through the Looking-Glass effect.

As July is perspectives month, courtesy of Becky, (who is sharing a wonderful trompe l’oeil today – or trample oil as the spellcheck would have it), I’m posting both crops. What’s your perspective?

52 Replies to “Two Crops Of Alliums (Not That Kind Of Crop)”

  1. Oh I love the top shot that looks like it’s sitting on a bed of small dark flowers with tiny purple ones sprinkled in. Both the photos are lovely though, thanks for sharing 😊

  2. I actually like the square one better. It has the grass sweeping around, drawing the eye around a circle. I think the additional pink color is great too. 🙂 It’s a really pretty photo.

    1. A pot made from grass would be interesting, if not practical. I saw some different types of grasses growing right through a cow parsley umbel yesterday. That was a strange sight. I tried to capture it but it was too windy.

  3. DREAMY and beautiful. I love the square one best – like Karen/Elizabeth says above “like a whirlpool” (a dreamy one). ❤

    1. My guess is that a lot of the flower lovers like the top picture because there are more flowers in it – you can never have too many!

  4. I love Alliums, and you are certainly right that they are very popular with pollinators. There is such a great variety of wonderful Alliums that bloom in both spring and summer. They are used beautifully at Lurie Garden, among many other places.

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