Ready, Aim, Shoot!

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography

Diagonal path with bench Aug 31 07 (2)

When you’re busy digging, weeding, and watering your summer garden, it’s easy to forget to take time to enjoy the fruits – and flowers – of your labors. So, the next time you’re out there, be sure to stop for a few minutes to sit and appreciate the beauty.

Ok, that was nice. Now, grab your camera and start taking pictures! It doesn’t have to be a magazine-worthy combination or a stunning close-up: you never know what might come in handy for a future blog post. To help you focus your photographic efforts, we’re giving you a rundown of the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop and Picture This Photo Contest themes that we’re considering for the upcoming year. Print out the lists, build up your photo archives now, and you’ll have plenty of images to pull from if you want to take part in either or both of our regular features during the off season.

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop

  • Coping with Slopes
  • Evening Gardens (plants and lighting)
  • Covering the Ground (groundcovers and other lawn alternatives)
  • Designing with Shrubs
  • Vines and Climbers
  • Pocket Gardens (small-space plantings)
  • Gardening with Grasses
  • Winter Gardens
  • Paths and Walkways Revisited
  • Incorporating Edibles Revisited
  • Walls and Fences Revisited
  • Garden Gates

Picture This Photo Contest

  • Fauna in the Flora (birds, butterflies, and other critters in the garden)
  • Harvest Bounty (vegetables and fruit)
  • Heavenly Herbs (edible, medicinal, or ornamental)
  • Perfect Partners (combinations of 2 to 5 plants)
  • Fabulous Foliage
  • Glorious Grasses
  • Autumn Abundance (fall foliage color, berries, seedheads)
  • The Garden in Winter
  • Garden Whimsy (anything that makes you smile: silly-looking flowers, accents, etc.)
  • Celebrating Annuals
  • Weeds and Wildflowers (not necessarily natives)
  • A Bounty of Bulbs
  • Containers Revisited
  • Vines and Climbers
  • My Favorite Perennial
  • Best Buds (new shoots and emerging sprouts; seedlings too)
Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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jo July 31, 2009, 5:35 am

Hiya Nan,
I would love to see actual photographic proof that you actually SIT.
Don’t believe you 🙂

Promising lists. Now, if only the sun came out for a few minutes….

I do too! Well…not often so far this year, but I will, once I clear enough weeds to find the benches.

Dave July 31, 2009, 8:52 am

The slope one I had better get into. Coping is about all I can do with it right now! Ditto what Jo said about the sun, my tomatoes are getting very sad!

I too think that slopes will be a good topic. I’m guessing it will be some time in late fall. In the meantime, I’ll send you some of today’s sunshine!

Kim July 31, 2009, 5:59 pm

It looks to be a very good year coming up! I’m looking forward to it and what I’ll find at GGW.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for one or both features in the upcoming months, Kim.

Chookie August 1, 2009, 6:54 am

Well, we’re just turning the corner into spring, but I admit to taking some time to sit in the sun lately.

I will try to take some photos tomorrow. My wattle trees are in bloom and bright yellow dominates my back yard.

Hey there, Chookie. I don’t mean to leave out you southern hemisphere folks! I’m hoping that providing plenty of advance notice will give everyone a fair chance for both the workshop and the contest.

Lois J. de Vries August 2, 2009, 10:57 am

Hi Nan,

I’d like to suggest a GBDW on Garden Gates. I
just finished a series of three blogs on that topic and see that you haven’t yet done a workshop. I think we’d see lots of interesting and imaginative solutions.

This topic could do double duty, too. Maybe Saxon or Rob could tell us how to get better photos of gates that have a lot of openings (holes) in them.


That’s an excellent suggestion, Lois. I’ll add it to the list of possibilities!

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