Spiderwort: Number 3 in a Garden Photo Series
A Beautiful Plant to Own and Photograph
You might be surprised by Spiderwort, especially if you are not familiar with this unique plant. My guess is that you will fall in love with having it in your garden as well as with how photogenic it is!
Reading about photography on HubPages just when spring blooms are popping out everywhere has been a delightful experience for me this year. HP has some great photographers who also write about photography.
Learning from these writers is a neat opportunity. Seeing through their eyes what works when photographing outdoors and getting some practice in makes me think through future opportunities for more photography.
For now, the chance to shoot pictures of my flowers when they are fresh and dewy in the early morning, filled with droplets after a rain, or to catch them in the evenings when they are closing up shop for the day has given me some lovely closeup looks at nature.Spiderwort is an interesting plant and it has been an amazing photography subject!
Spiderwort Has A Scary Name, But It's A Beautiful Plant
I decided to go ahead with this spiderwort hub for my garden photo series because I was not looking forward to writing about it. I love this plant. I just have to remember that it is not its fault that someone gave it that name.
However, it was a stupendous discovery to me when I saw that its name is not two words but, in fact, is one word. This makes it much easier for me to type it. I just close my eyes until I get to the wort part.
Can you tell I have a thing about the bug associated with this name? PLEASE do not put the common word OR details about the fact that it is technically not a bug OR the name of what it really is in a comment below. Write a hub about them if you wish, but please leave me out of it. The hair on my neck is standing up already.
Okay, let’s focus here. This beautiful plant has been in my garden for about 5 years now, meaning that I now have several because it self propagates each year. I’ve given them away, and my friend has even thrown them away. I know...but what can I say? One can only do so much with so many plants.
The spiderwort’s foliage reminds me of a happy grass that would make a super background border along a fence line or in a corner. It grows in a thick clump that expands, yet is easily thinned. You can see in my photos that the leaves are slender and graceful, but unless you’ve seen it dance in the wind you can’t really imagine what it adds to a garden area.
Spiderwort Really Is A Wild Food!
The joyful blooms of this grass-like plant are either purple or white. If you’ve read my previous gardening hubs you may remember that I have a special friendship with white flowers, but I’ve yet to get a white spiderwort.
This I need to remedy, and soon! It may be that I’ve neglected it because I am really satisfied with the deep hues of my purple variety. I see subtle nuances in their coloring which are hardly noticeable, but would be missed if they weren’t there.
Growing to almost 3 feet tall, my spiderwort's blooms attract all sorts of friendly bugs. In the slideshow photos you will spy one interesting visitor that without my camera would have kept the teal spot on his head completely hidden from me. (See large photo below comments.)
I’ve not seen butterflies yet this year, but we’ve had a cool spring. Hot days are around the corner, and now that I’ve done some cleaning up I may yet get photos of my large winged friends. I'm looking forward to the chance to catch their colorful wings in my lens.
Spiderwort and Bee
Did you know about spiderwort before reading this hub?
I am planning to create a montage of butterfly and buggie shots for a hub sometime in the future.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this closeup slideshow of my purple spiderwort and one of its pollinating friends.
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