St. Johns Wort: Number 2 in a Garden Photo Series

St. John's Wort Bloom After Rain
St. John's Wort Bloom After Rain | Source

Photographing the Amazing St. John's Wort


It has been great to read up on photography from various HubPages writers and then to try some trial and error with a few shots of my mid-spring garden blooms and sprouts.

This week’s cloudy weather and cool temps were just too good to pass up and I’ve been able to experiment with lights, camera, and a little action since the slightest breeze sends my flowers dancing.

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Already, it's been hot enough to bring out my St. John’s Wort blooms and they were shining in the dusky lighting by the time I made it to this plant with my camera. The blooms range in color from a bright golden yellow to a deep spring orange as they begin to fade, and it seems that white light is always reflecting or glistening on them from some angle or another.

The rain added the happy element of droplets for my photos and it was neat to experiment with how the pictures would turn out when bugs made them jiggle. Trying to get reflections is something I'll have to continue working on, though.

St. John's wort is quite old-fashioned in its name and its uses. Native to the other side of the world, it is now widespread in the U.S. with many Americans considering it a noxious weed due to the fact that it has killed some livestock and taken over gardens.

However, there are many others who hold the old variety in high regard for medicinal purposes and the new varieties for their ornamental value. If you are thinking of planting St. John's Wort, give some consideration to the purpose you have in mind.


St. John's Wort is an

ornamental plant worth

cultivating in a home

garden space, not just

another herb for health.

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Easy to grow in almost any soil or location with average care, it can take a little neglect, but if you want it to be at its best don’t let its feet stay wet, or let it dry out for too long. It is propagated both from seed and cuttings, and will reproduce prolifically if planted in a spot that you can just let it grow in without pruning.

It attracts visitors like butterflies and bees, as well as all sorts of other little buggies that like nectar. People visitors always recognize the name with an inane comment that goes something like, “You mean that’s the herb, like the in health food stores?” They immediately feel silly, but I just smile and say, “Yes, isn’t it an amazing plant? It adds so much to my garden!”

As much as I hate to do it, I’m going to have to prune mine back after it finishes flowering this year, but I’m trying to think of a place I can put another one where I can give it complete freedom to grow in. The up side is that pruning is easy and sometimes promotes another round of blooms.


St. John's Wort Photo Montage

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Rich Yellow St. John's Wort FlowersSt. John's Wort Blooms ProfuselySt. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate DetailsSt. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored PlantSt. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up SunshineRaindrops On St. John's WortSt. John's Wort Flowers Are PhotogenicCrisp And Clean St. John's Wort FlowersBudding St. John's WortBold St. John's Wort Is A Garden DelightSt. John's Wort Says Hello!Happily Profuse St. John's WortDroplets Hydrate St. John's WortMore St. John's Wort BudsSt. John's Wort Bowing To Applause
Rich Yellow St. John's Wort Flowers
Rich Yellow St. John's Wort Flowers | Source
St. John's Wort Blooms Profusely
St. John's Wort Blooms Profusely | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate Details
St. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate Details | Source
St. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored Plant
St. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored Plant | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up Sunshine
St. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up Sunshine | Source
Raindrops On St. John's Wort
Raindrops On St. John's Wort | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Are Photogenic
St. John's Wort Flowers Are Photogenic | Source
Crisp And Clean St. John's Wort Flowers
Crisp And Clean St. John's Wort Flowers | Source
Budding St. John's Wort
Budding St. John's Wort | Source
Bold St. John's Wort Is A Garden Delight
Bold St. John's Wort Is A Garden Delight | Source
St. John's Wort Says Hello!
St. John's Wort Says Hello! | Source
Happily Profuse St. John's Wort
Happily Profuse St. John's Wort | Source
Droplets Hydrate St. John's Wort
Droplets Hydrate St. John's Wort | Source
More St. John's Wort Buds
More St. John's Wort Buds | Source
St. John's Wort Bowing To Applause
St. John's Wort Bowing To Applause | Source

Important Note On Growing St. John's Wort


If you plan to grow St. John’s Wort to use for medicinal purposes be sure and read both the pros and cons about the benefits and concerns. There can be some serious side effects and you should always discuss any health issues with a professional before deciding whether to and how to use herbal remedies, particularly if you are taking any other supplements or prescriptions.

Hope you enjoy my photo montage. Maybe it will inspire you to incorporate this busy bee plant into your garden so you can practice your photography skills because the flowers absolutely do not look like anybody’s warts!

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Take Note of How St. John's Wort Helps Relieve Depression:

Hypericum or St. John's Wort

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Are You Familiar with St. John's Wort? 24 comments

Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

My husband swears by St. John's wort in the pill form. He has seasonal depression. He swears it helps him by taking two 300mg capsules a day, with his other vitamins. He is pretty healthy! He has no cavities after ten years of not seeing the dentist! He swears by natural remedies. Your flowers are just beautiful! I voted up! Great hub!


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tonymead60 5 years ago from Yorkshire

they have such delicate, pretty flowers, and add a slash of colour to the most rugged open spaces.

thank you for sharing that sunshine with me

cheers

Tony


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I have heard of it but only as you said, by seeing it in the health food store. I absolutely love a garden though, you have outdone yourself R., this is a beautiful flower, I would like to try growing. Thank you so much as usual for a wonderful hub! Rated up for your green thumb !!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I didn't know that is what St. John's Wart looked like. What a beautiful flower. Your pictures are outstanding. I think I should read up on photography also. Great up, rated awesome.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Jo_Goldsmith11:

I'm glad your husband recognizes the symptoms and is able to benefit from the St. John's Wort products.

Thanks for stopping by as well as for your kind comments!


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