Greetings from Rochester, NY. I’m here, in between rain showers, to photograph the lilacs for a 2012 piece. Here’s a view of the lilac’s growing out of the hillside from Highland Avenue. They really do grow down the slope like this.
Most of the lilacs are labeled. Some of them were sort of hidden, and in peeking between branches I found quite a few nests. I think this is a robin, but I have to learn a lot more about bird identification to be sure.
Here’s the lilac ‘Leon Gambetta’.
When you are out shooting garden photos, always take a photo of the plant label. Or write the name of the plant on a note pad and take a picture of that. Bonus points if you can get a bit of the plant into the frame with the note.
When you finish taking photos of that specific plant, take ANOTHER photo of the label. This will form end caps or a little bracket for your series of photos. This way, a year from now when you are ordering prints or shopping for your garden, you will know your variety name.
See, now I know this lilac is ‘Ludwig Spaeth’.
Highland Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. There are over 1200 lilac shrubs there (and about 500 cultivars!) I’ve been getting to the park early, before the lilac festival begins. It’s nice to see so many friendly people out enjoying the lilacs, but it’s easier to get people-free photos if you get to the park when it opens at 7am. It smells heavenly. So, with a head full of pollen, I’m heading out to take more photos.