Don’t take a picture of that!” was Har Lawlor’s response as I zoomed in with my camera on a scrumptious tomato in the polytunnel in Durrow, Co Laois.

We were walking through his garden and Har was giving me a running commentary on past successes. I waited for my cue when he held up some carrots and parsnips for approval. I sensed permission to shoot had not yet been granted, so we plodded on towards his prize-winning dahlias. As he caressed the petals, flawless in their absolute symmetry, I knew the time was right and I got my photo. This display of dedication to high standards and the quest for perfection in everything he does illustrates his very distinctive character.