"Roses in Portraiture" is filled with nearly forty photographs of gorgeous, life-sized organic roses. These are the special, highly rated modern roses I've selected that perform well in most organic rose gardens. Included are the "Nine Organic Rose Rules" that I developed over a decade as a garden consultant.. You will also find my widely reprinted poem, on the meaning of flowers in our lives, in this trim volume. It is a perfect size to carry with you when you visit gardens everywhere.
When I grabbed my digital camera and went out searching for these very special roses, my goal was to portray that intense personal experience with that “wow” bloom that makes us all know why we fell in love with roses (and garden photography) in the first place !
Since I teach gardening with roses, I wanted to show just how awesome organic roses can be, and share this through my photography. It seemed right that if most of these roses were grown naturally or organically, then they should be portrayed in as natural conditions as possible. And that would include photographing most of the blooms under the diverse natural light situations dictated by weather. So, some were even taken in rain or fog or wind. Though this made it a bit harder for me, my reward was to see that the individual light conditions helped create a unique portrait for each and every Rose bloom!
Gardeners will find rose names and data are all there inside these pages !