Friday, June 1, 2012
I found Town Mouse and Country Mouse's blog recently, and the idea to do a "first view" of the garden on the first of the month with the specific intention of doing wide angle shots. I almost never do wide angle shots for two reasons. First, I don't think I'm as skilled photographically with them -- the photos just don't really pop or draw me in like the ones in books and magazines. Second, my garden isn't really up for it. I have a lot of lovely flowers in my garden, but my garden has grown "organically" (so to speak) as a bit of a hodgepodge while I've been learning what grows here and what doesn't. It's only recently that I've spend much time thinking about the big picture in my garden beds... and thinking about it doesn't mean I automatically have any skill. Both of these demerits are things I'd like to improve on, so forcing myself to shoot a couple wide angle shots of the garden once in a while can only help.
I have discovered that one great way to get a lot of color is with self-seeding annuals. The butterfly garden is just about to explode with annual black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), like the one in the foreground of the first shot. The photo below is the front garden. I hesitated for a long time before putting a garden in the front, since I didn't want my mistakes on display for all to see. But this is where the sun is -- and the existing plantings from the previous owners were hideous -- so eventually this garden got put in. Self sowing annuals bring a lot of color to this bed, and right now it is a riot of larkspurs.