As new growth emerges from the ground, the flora from the previous year stand above protecting it. It is a natural progression. But now is the time when all “good gardeners” remove the old in preparation for the new. My preference is to let the old and new coexist in a natural environment. But in our garden, I don’t vote. I just need to spend more time in the natural areas close to home.
This spent cone flower caught my eye. I minimized the DOF to keep the focus on the flower head and blur out the ground. I converted to B&W to further keep the interest on the spent flower.