GGW Picture This Photo Contest: March 2010

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With so many of us wondering if winter will ever end, Saxon Holt, our judge for this month and a GGW Regular Contributor, has offered up a subject that will inspire many to retrieve photos taken over the past years. Or, if you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where early spring blooms are the norm, get out those cameras and start shooting. The American Meadow Garden, Saxon’s latest book collaboration, this time with John Greenlee, is a feast for the eyes. Check it out!

Saxon has chosen the theme Awakening for this month’s contest. Here is what he is looking for in the winning photos.

“Aren’t we all ready to look for spring awakening ?

crocus in snow

In this month’s Picture This, we need to cheer the blogosphere with our pictures of spring.  So go find anything that will help turn our thoughts away from this winter’s record snow, freezing temps, and the California floods.

seedling sprouting under grow light

Even young seedlings sprouting in our basements around the country give signs of awakening.  What can be more hopeful than a tray of sprouts being readied for spring ?

Hamamelis mollis

Officially it is still winter but depending on where you live, you should be able to find any number of garden signs of spring.  In garden literature we are told of winter flowering trees and shrubs, but really, they are the earliest signs of spring.  The filberts, witchhazels, and quince are now gone  in California but for many of you they may be just beginning.  Show me what is happening in your area.

Cynoglossum grande

This photo of our California native Hounds Tongue bursting from the ground was taken February 8 after weeks of glorious rain so my woods are greening up.  This same day saw 30 inches of snow in Washington DC.

It is a big country spanning many zones and I am excited at the prospect of a diverse set of photos.  I will be looking for a broad range of entries and will give special consideration to unusual and creative interpretation of the awakening theme.

This mushroom pushed its way up and awakened here in February.  Soaking rains are a winter event for California (we hope) and mushrooms a sure sign of the earth coming to life.

The wild Lomatiums show their fresh leaves, as if awakening from a long sleep, stretching their limbs, eager to start a new season.

Sambucus leaf unfolding spring

So too the Elderberry, leaves emerging from their long curling scales, show freshest embryonic signs of a shrub awakening.

When looking for your own garden shots, try to compose so that the backgrounds are simple and do not conflict with the main subject.  If you can get a bit of garden context without confusing the main focal area, so much the better, but be sure to have critically sharp focus on your main subject.  Use your whole frame, cropping any area that does not add to the composition.

Your entries do not have to be taken in your own garden or even in this year.  Find something that speaks to you about the earliest yearning for spring and share it with us here.”

Flowering quince spring


1.  You must have an active blog in order to participate. We love that you send us a link to the blog post that includes your photo. To be eligible for judging, you also need to send us a direct link to the image.

PLEASE NOTE: if you send us a link to your post with a notation telling us where the photo is within the post, your entry will not be admitted into the contest.

2. Your photo must be able to be copied from your site. That makes it possible for us to collect all the entries in one place for easier judging.

3. Entered photos should be approximately 500 pixels on the long side. (If you’re using Microsoft Office Picture Manager to resize your images, there is a pre-set resize option for “Web – Large”  which comes in at 640 x 480. That would work just fine.)
4. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Eastern time on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
For those of you who haven’t yet thrown your hat into the ring, go for it this month! The photos that have been compiled over the past 11 months since we started Picture This have become an informal gallery of  gardening subjects (they just happen to be inspiraitonal.)  If you haven’t yet done so,  check them out at
GGW Picture This Photo Contest. Good luck to all!  Fran
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Cindy March 1, 2010, 9:00 am

My idea of the American Meadow – a field full of wildflowers, namely Texas Bluebonnets.

Direct link to my photo:

My blog posting:

I can hardly wait to see more American Meadow photos – getting Spring Fever here.

Kimberly March 1, 2010, 11:16 pm

A magnolia bud at the SF Botanical Gardens – a sure sign of spring!

Blog posting:

Direct link:

Jill-O March 2, 2010, 2:00 am

I missed last month’s contest by a half an hour so I thought I’d be more prompt this time.

My posting is at

and my photo link is:

I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful photos.

Rothschild Orchid March 3, 2010, 8:11 am

I finally sensed that spring in nearly here this week. I really enjoyed taking these pictures, crocus for me herald spring,

RO :o)

Blog post:

Direct link:

Melissa March 7, 2010, 12:32 pm
Frances March 8, 2010, 7:12 pm
joco March 10, 2010, 12:33 am
Pam/Digging March 10, 2010, 7:26 am

Here’s what’s awakening in my Austin garden:


My post is at:

Willi March 11, 2010, 2:19 pm

Arugula seedling just opening their seed leaves:

Willi March 11, 2010, 4:35 pm

I forgot to include a link to my image! Here you go:

Jennah March 11, 2010, 8:52 pm

Flowering quince! Sorta like the one you posted unfortunately, but prettier I think? 😉



Melody March 12, 2010, 10:42 am

Gladiolus – barely 1 inch tall – just emerging from the soil, while sprouts encircle, watching in delight.

Here is the blog post:

And just the picture:

Annie in Austin March 13, 2010, 12:25 am

It’s not spectacular, but I hope you’ll get a smile from my photo.

Here’s the photo:,3,13,Figgy+embrace.png

And here’s the post:

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Nancy Bond March 13, 2010, 2:02 pm

A great theme for March and there are already so many lovely entries!

This is a direct link to my photo entry:

This is a link to the blog post:

Good luck to everyone!

Helen at Toronto Gardens March 13, 2010, 7:36 pm

Beautiful entries in the contest so far, to which I respectfully add my Pulsatilla vulgaris.

The picture:

And the post:

Thanks so much for hosting this!

Steve March 14, 2010, 7:43 am

This I took on an early Spring trip to the Portland, Oregon Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden – an addiction of mine. 😉

From the post:

Jess March 14, 2010, 10:41 am

The Saucer Magnolias all over town came alive all in one Monday morning. It was spectacular.

The picture:

The whole post:

Janet March 14, 2010, 5:13 pm

Great theme again this month, and lots of wonderful photos already entered. My link to the photo is-
and the posting is-

healingmagichands March 15, 2010, 2:36 pm

Stimulating theme this month, lots of candidates for portraiture. I managed to settle on one.
My post:

Link to the photo:

Darla March 16, 2010, 5:58 am

Almost 7 months after planting the Ranunculus it’s finally Awakening…

Neuroknitter (Gail) March 16, 2010, 7:27 am

What a great theme, and so many beautiful images have already been submitted!

This little guy was shouting “spring is coming, spring is coming” to me!

Blog post:

Link to the photo:

Deb March 16, 2010, 9:00 am
Randy March 16, 2010, 10:12 am
Sheila March 16, 2010, 12:51 pm

Here’s a link to what’s awakening in my garden! Basking in the sun. It’s so exciting to watch them wake up.

Here is the blog post:

Here is a link to the photo itself:

Robur March 17, 2010, 4:46 pm
Diana March 17, 2010, 8:52 pm

Nothing prettier or more inspiring than Spring – love the theme! A rare once-in-a-decade Austin, Texas snow didn’t stop my Hellebore from blooming and surviving melting snow dew drops. True power of spring will in the garden!

Blog post:

Photo link:

Lindsey S March 17, 2010, 9:05 pm

A link to a pretty geranium in my flower bed that had bloomed and showed us all her beauty! Blog entry is a story about my trials with prior gardening (I’m still learning how to develop my green thumb). This year I’m determined to have some blooms!

Direct Link to the photo:

Blog entry is:

Lona March 18, 2010, 11:08 am

There are always so many wonderful entries and this time is no exception.
Here is my entry.

Direct Link to Photo:

Blog entry is:

Kim March 18, 2010, 6:48 pm
Town Mouse March 19, 2010, 11:14 am

That was a tough one! So many choices!

Well, here’s the post:

Here’s the photo:

I do feel as if just participating is already winning. What a great way to be in the garden, often I just don’t take the time to look!

Jean at Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog March 19, 2010, 11:32 am

Such great entries. And here’s mine.


Blog post:

Thanks for the inspiration!

AnneTanne March 19, 2010, 3:46 pm

Those pictures are so beautiful…
Mine doesn’t have a chance in this contest, but when I browsed through my recent pics, I thought that this ‘awakening’ honeybee did represent the theme quite well…

Direct link:

Blog post:

Garden Natives March 19, 2010, 7:00 pm
jodi (bloomingwriter) March 19, 2010, 8:50 pm

Since spring seems to have become determined to arrive a month early, the plants and other creatures are responding accordingly here in Nova Scotia. So here’s my offering,

As part of this post:

Wishing everyone the best of luck with this. Saxon, I’m really glad you’re the judge, because I’ve looked at many of the entries, and…wow. They make my heart happy. But not as much as spring knocking at our door does.

Caroline March 19, 2010, 9:41 pm

My baby dwarf pomegranate tree is waking up from a long winter’s nap.

Direct photo link:

Blog post:

Kari Lonning March 19, 2010, 10:59 pm

I almost missed these crocus, the bees didn’t.


Hannah March 20, 2010, 2:37 am

My entry for the March contest called “awakening”:

Address for the post:

Address for the picture:

Thank you so much for doing this.

Kathy Green March 20, 2010, 2:42 pm

Wow, really beautiful entries so far, nice to see so many spring flowers.

Since there is no sign of spring here yet for 2010, this picture is from last year:

Address for the picture:

Address for the post:

Great subject this month.

forest March 20, 2010, 2:56 pm

Their heads bowed
from the weight of cold snow
and the dark of night,
the anemones awaken
with the sun and
open their dazzling eyes.


Almost anything that happens in the spring feels like awakening to me, but this anemone tickled my fancy.

Teresa March 20, 2010, 10:08 pm

What great photos have been entered. Good luck trying to pick the best, that will not be easy! here’s one more to add to the lot.
My post:

My photograph:

Gail March 21, 2010, 8:18 am

My Awakening post is up!

Here’s the photo link I hope tiny url works

Good luck to all and Saxon, you might need committee help. There are so many wonderful photos!

Country Mouse March 21, 2010, 11:03 am

An awakening redbud – here’s my photo link:
And here’s the blog post:
There are also awakening fat solomon’s seal, buckeye, oak, fern, and other yummies… Do visit! I will enjoy visiting at least a sampling of the wonderful posts linked here too! Thanks!

Kelly (thesorrygardener) March 21, 2010, 2:09 pm

Lovely photos, everyone. Here’s my contribution to spring’s awakening.



bloominrs March 21, 2010, 2:11 pm

Hi all,
My blog post is here
Spring Awakening

photo only

Les March 21, 2010, 7:25 pm

Thanks in advance for your consideration, there are lots of great entries. Here is my post:

… and here is the photo only:


John March 21, 2010, 10:21 pm

Thanks again for this photo contest. It always provokes some interesting entries.
Here is my post:
and here is my entry for March

Heather's Garden March 21, 2010, 11:45 pm

Well this was a tough one for me. I almost used an old photo of a fern frond, but I snagged a new photo of an emerging lupine that I like quite a bit. But then I went back and forth between it and a shot of a crocus. Oh how I wish we could enter 2 photos. But the lupine won out in the end. Thanks for giving me an excuse to take new photos!



Gayle Madwin March 22, 2010, 11:31 am

California native golden prettyface (Triteleia ixioides) pushing its first flower up through hideously cracked clay soil that has just dried out for the first time since last fall; the area was sticky mud all winter long.


Blog post:

Scott Weber March 22, 2010, 1:17 pm

I know i’m late…but oh well, thought i’d post anyway!



Christopher C NC March 22, 2010, 7:35 pm

Well drats. I missed the deadline. Those two weeks on Maui will just have to compensate. This picture could be added to your new contest photo archive if you like for this month’s “Awakening” theme.

Direct link:

Blog post:

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