Baby pictures

Everybody loves babies, right? They’re so tiny and soft and fuzzy; totally precious and addictively photogenic. I am completely enamored with spring’s tiny toes and can’t get enough of (almost) all of its smells. I’m so glad I remembered to visit the Dove tree (Davidia involucrata) to ogle and take endless photographs of its infant blossoms (one of last year’s baby pictures was chosen for our spring newsletter cover) and I’ll be a little bit impressed if you know some of these other babies… (cheaters and the stumped may hover over for captions and click on for a larger view.)

I don’t remember ever noticing beech blooms before… (Just because the daffodils are going by and Daffodil Days are over, doesn’t mean there aren’t thousands of other flowers to be positively overwhelmed by.)

I know that people also take baby pictures as a way to measure their progress through life and that’s why I try to remember to take a moment out of the frenzy of activity for early shots of our gardens too. I caught the Display Garden at the very moment Gail and I placed about 300 new (mostly) perennials for pollinators in the “big bed” (we need a better name for it now. The Bee’s Knees? The Bee Happy bed? Please help!) and the herb garden. I only wish I had a chance to capture the Deadheads planting everything, along with our brandy-new intern Tara, who, since she started just yesterday and is able to stay on into October, will be with the gardens from very the moment of their birth to the end of their days in the fall. Welcome Tara!

Have noticed any new-to-you babies this year? (Are you as into newborn portraiture as I am?) And do you take pictures of your garden’s infancy too?

One thought on “Baby pictures

  1. Yeah, plant babies. Keeping you up at night worrying about them being too cold. Needing to be fed at odd hours during the day. Moving them around to get sun to harden them off. Definitely needy like the kiddos. I often refer to my garden as my fourth child. Sometimes it counts as a fourth AND fifth given the amount of attention and money it gets.

    I think maybe – and this is a guess since I’m not a mom – plants are generally quieter than kids? And slightly less sassy as teenagers? -kris

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