Fritillaria assyriaca

I really love the look of  these elegant, understated flowers and consider their appearance in the market a sure sign of full-on springtime. So this week when our dear friend, Jan Roozen made his spring cut-flower debut at the local farmer’s market, I happily gave myself permission to bring a couple of bunches of this carefully grown bounty home with me, simply for the visual joy it provides and for how the blooms of these Turkish and northern Iraqi natives liven up my kitchen window.

If you would like a bit more information on these stunning flowers and perhaps a few of the other early spring blooms Jan grows, here is a link to a blog I posted up about this same time last year over at A Photographers Garden Blog: Jan Roozen on Fritillaria assyriaca.

You can also learn ever so much more about longtime ASCFG member, Jan and his Skagit-Valley-raised floral offerings, including how to order from him at his recently completed, snazzy new website: Check it out.


In case you’re wondering how this simple shot was made:
I used just one light, diffused through white cloth and placed to the side. The flowers were trimmed for length, spritzed with water and casually arranged atop a wonderful, green oval cake stand, which I then placed atop a sheet of rusted metal for contrast and texture. I shot straight down, using a tripod to stabilize the camera, stacking the three elements visually into an organic, yet symmetrical image.

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Heather April 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

It’s time!!! I’m going to hit Jacksonville woods in the next few days and find those wiley buggers. I love fritellaria.

Judy Laushman April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Dang, that’s purty.

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