Normally, I’m shooting alone, even when I do flower pictures like these when the Magnolia and cherries are in bloom. So it was an exception being on my way with someone else. Jürgen and me met last year at the macro workshop of Pierre Johne and decided that we wanted to go shooting together from time to time. This time we went to he Gardens of the University of Hohenheim. The gardens are on the Fildern south of Stuttgart. In my german Blog I alredy wrote about the gardens here.
Because the gardens are for scientific research too, there is a huge variety of Magnolia and cherry trees, some are very old, some newly planted for testig reasons.
In the part of the gardens which shows the phylogenetic system we found two spectacular Magnolia, one denudata with light creamy coloured flowers and one kobus with delicate white flowers. How to picture these big trees? What’s characteristic for those trees? So let’s begin the dance… nearly one hour we were with the Magnolias and a nearby group of Corylopsis which were in bloom too.
The branches of Magnolia denudata look like geometry, or like mandelbrot. Looked from beneath it seems like lace. The robust flowers are very dense.
Magnolia kobus has more elegant branches. The flowers are more fine too.
Finally we changed place, the Prunus were still waiting for us and there is so much to see. The Prunus are planted in the southermost part of the garden near Monopteros. From the hill of the Monopteros there is a great view on the prunus through the branches and yellow flowers of the Forsythia. When we arrived in the pink cherry cloud, we were carressed by the scent of the flowers. Everywhere were bees. What a dream in pink and white! Prunus pendula, a hanging cherry tree has flowers in a pastel pink like porcelain. It smells the most.
Prunus “Spire” has double flowers and looks like fluffy bath foam.
Prunus spinosa purpurea I didn’t know before – but I loved it instantly!
This sensational bloom can be seen for a longer time in april and may because the early and later blooming cherries are mixed together.
Other Magnolias and cherries can be found near the campus. Here are planted the powerful colours like “Susan” and many others.
Here too, we had to stop and take pictures on our way back. it was inthe middle of the day and the garden was filling up with people. So we decided to pack up after six (!) hours of consecutive shooting. We had enough pictures and fun but we were starving and our feet were bruning. So we went to the inn “Garbe” which is nearby for some fine swabian food and relaxing.