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Hosta (or Plantation Lily) is a very common, easy-to-grow perennial for shady areas. I have several varieties in my garden, but one in particular literally stands above the rest!

‘Sum & Substance’ has enormous leaves that are slightly ruffled and deeply veined. Each spring, they unfold in grand fashion, drawing attention to an otherwise uneventful corner of the landscape. 

“Tai Chi Ball” (Hosta ‘Sum & Substance’) Nikon D300, 200-400mm, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400, SB900 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

Walking the garden with my pruning shears (performing some peony cleanup from all the rainfall), I noticed how the soft light from above was illuminating the ruffled edges. Getting down low not only delivers more depth and texture, but also reveals just how graceful these giants are.

And that, as they say, is that. 😀



  1. Love the composition in this 🙂

    • Thanks, Mel! Wow – you are going back to look at my older images – I’m impressed! 🙂

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