Plant Portraits

A spring jewel at Bodnant Gardens


Hidden amongst the spectacular blaze of late-spring colour created by the multitude of azaleas and rhododendrons at Bodnant Garden in North Wales you’ll find a lesser-known but equally impressive Oriental flowering shrub – the deciduous Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens. 

The rich red racemes of bell-shaped flowers are really quite stunning in close-up…

Beautiful red flowers of Enkianthus cernuus rubens



Quick tip : the dense foliage above (out of shot) has created ‘top shade’ that reduces the light from above, improving the quality and direction of the light falling on the flowers.

Technical details : Nikon D300s, Sigma 17-70mm macro lens, 80th sec at f5.6. Note the effect of the background bokeh in the out of focus highlights.

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