Bnbbyc16 Mar Sension 002

Updated: Mar. 29, 2024

This Platycodon grandiflorus grows in an old rose bed of mine. The bed now has stepping stones that cut across the one end and each year this Balloon Flower emerges next to one of the stones. I gently walk by it always being careful not to damage the plant but also close enough to really enjoy this unique perennial. I captured this image with my Nikon Coolpix P900 during a morning ?golden hour?. I chose this image as my entry because I love the dramatic shaded contrasts; the purple blossom details and the unopened buds showing the balloon flower shape. Although the veins in the petals look delicate; this is a hardy plant that welcomes me each year. It surely is a ?star? in my garden.

Bnbbyc16 Mar Sension 002Courtesy Mar Sension