Whilst not being particularly fussy or finicky, I’ve decided to make this the final in my Scandart Sundays – at least on a regular basis. The fact is I’m rather precious about my printer/scanner and dislike the mess and risk of scratches. These flowers were soft enough but sticky with sycamore sap and aphids, and soon started to wilt and drop under the lights Hence the arrangement and scan is a little hasty as I wanted to retain as much freshness as possible, after having just picked them from the garden. I overhung the whole with an orange, chiffon scarf, with embroidered flower details. Perhaps the colour combo is a little mismatched with Red Campion blooms but it fitted well with purple Solanum and the tiny, rouge sprigs of shrubby honeysuckle.
After upping the detail and contrast, a Smart Photo edit of ‘Old postcard’ effect toned down the orange hue and lent a vintage, Victorian look to the image…
How fresh, oh Lord, how sweet and clean
Are thy returns! even as the flowers in spring;
To which, besides their own demean,
The late-past frosts tributes of pleasure bring.
Grief melts away
Like snow in May,
As if there were no such cold thing.