A few words: I love to photograph plants when they’re backlit by the sun. The illumination gives a whole new appearance to the leaf or flower.
One recent afternoon, as I was leaving the house, I thought I saw a flame from the corner of my eye. When I turned to look, it was a caladium leaf.
I first planted caladiums in my New York garden, starting the bulbs in early March so that they would be ready for transplanting in May. They were a colorful tropical addition for shady areas.
Of course, the plants would have to be dug up before first frost and stored away for the winter. In South Florida, though, caladiums are able to last all year.
I planted the bulbs last year, and the plants did well. They then disappeared by winter — and even managed to weather the sprinkler system installation. Earlier this year, new leaves emerged.
And now, there was this particular caladium leaf, growing a bit taller than all the rest so that it could be spotlighted like stained glass by the setting sun, as if to say, “Hear I am! Notice me!”
So I did what all gardeners would do. I listened.