Sunday, July 28, 2019

One Hundred Days in My Garden

You all know that I love my garden. Hardly a day goes by that I don't find something exciting or beautiful and worth photographing. Especially in the exciting months from April to about October when the garden is changing constantly I love to be out documenting all the happenings.

So when the annual #The100DayProject came up with people committing to 100 days of exploring their creativity I decided I'm exploring the ways to take photos of the exciting things happening in my garden. I thought it would be easy to find something worth to show every day.

Well, I started out with - missing the starting day! Somehow I had it in my head that the challenge would start on April 6th, but when I saw pictures with the appropriate hashtag turning up on Instagram I realized I had it all wrong - the challenge had already started on April 2nd. Oh well, so I was just trundling a few days behind. Who cares anyway?

We had a very rainy April which resulted in a lot of grey photos with raindrops on plants. But the moment the weather became warmer and there was less rain the garden exploded. It's been a while since it had been that well soaked and it sure showed. Everything in the garden was just spectacular (the weeds as well...).

I included garden decor as well since there are a few objects in my garden that I simply love. This little angel that no one wanted because he has a broken toe has found his home sitting on some driftwood among the yarrow and fernleaf lavender.

Another angel is talking to a bird - angels and birds are good company!

This year I had a lot of poppies in my garden again. I used to have almost a meadow at the beginning of creating my garden, but then pulled the poppies before they could go to seed in order to reduce the number of them. However, in that following year I missed their happy colors, so I let those that were still there go to seed again. This year was exactly the right balance!

At the end of May the front garden looked like this:

There weren't only flowers - I also planted vegetables and herbs. This is the flower of chive.

I discovered butterflies and caterpillars; the bees are buzzing around like crazy; all kinds of beneficial bugs are hanging out in the flowers; and of course many birds come here as well.

For the first time my Rudbeckia "Indian Summer" turned out to be spectacular. All the years before they didn't do very well and I always felt like I'm an excellent Rudbeckia-killer.

I have to admit that on some days I ran out of steam - one evening when I still hadn't posted anything I actually took a picture of the glass of wine I was drinking while sitting out in the garden. Well, it was one of those 100 days in my garden, wasn't it?


David M. Gascoigne, said...

Your garden looks exquisite, Carola, and it is wonderful that you derive so much pleasure from it. I can't think of a better response a little haven like this.

Orsolina said...

Tolle Fotos, vor allem der Piepmatz gefällt mir.

LG Biggi

Elephant's Child said...

Loving your garden. Sitting out and surveying it (with or without a glass of wine) certainly counts.
We are still (officially) in winter, but the first daffodils are in bloom and more and more bulbs are emerging from the ground each day. An exciting time.
I hear you on the Rudbeckia too. And the weeds. My father said 'if it grows well it is a weed' and he had a point.

Michelle said...

LOVE those flowers and nothing wrong with a nice glass of wine :)

Sue (this n that) said...

Your garden is totally gorgeous Carola :D)

My name is Erika. said...

Looks like a beautiful place.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Your garden is absolutely beautiful Carola. You are such a talent with the camera too! I know how tricky it is to photograph flowers. The broken toe on the angel adds character to the piece. Sometimes I love what is left after the petals drop just as much as the flowers themselves, like with those poppies.

krishna said...

Wow! you got some gorgeous flowers! you have beautiful garden.

Sarah Huizenga said...

You have an amazing album of your 100 days in the garden. I think the glass of wine was perfect, tells a more complete story. And in 100 days there are bound to be "those" days.

Lowcarb team member said...

Carola, your garden looks gorgeous and your photographs are stunning.
Such an enjoyable post, thank-you.

All the best Jan

windrock studio said...

so gorgeous!!

Jeanie said...

Your opening image is to die for -- but then they all are! The sculpture reminds me of my favorite Southern Exposure and oh, those blooms. Gorgeous!

Karen Lakis said...

Your garden is stunning! And yes - a glass of wine in the garden definitely counts as a garden shot!

Red Rose Alley said...

That yellow bird is such a sweet one. The red poppies are so lovely. And I always appreciate seeing the angels in your garden, Carola. They make me smile.


Magic Love Crow said...

Wow truly beautiful! Thanks for putting a smile on my face! Big Hugs!