It’s Spring Time again! We will soon be sharing our lovely gardens with you again! Until then, Happy Spring Gardening!
We are out and about on this lovely day watching the tulips and bulbs pop out everywhere. Soon we will have the incredible beauty of them!
A little remembrance… How wonderful to see the sunshine this morning after drenching rains yesterday which watered the gardens so beautifully and the flowers just popped out with joy, the leaves drinking up each drop and of course, most importantly, the roots just as happy as can be. How precious is the rain and sunshine to the gardens…very…and they show their appreciation by happiness in color, buds and giving joy to their caretakers.
This is another image from the Promise Gardens Spring & Summer photoshoots. The plants (common name) are from left to right: Tulips, Mock Orange, Rose of Sharon, Peony, Hollyhock.
Tulips: Everyone loves tulips, a must have in your spring garden/planters.
Mock Orange: An amazing bursting forth each spring of incredible white flowers with glorious aroma.
Rose Sharon: Breathtakingly beautiful and each year more abundant.
Peonies: No garden is complete without an array of peonies. The yellow is new to our gardens this year…sensational!
Hollyhock: The “red” hollyhock is a favorite and just breathtaking in the garden. We have both single/double and prefer the historic “single” version. These are heart stopping!
Oh the beauty of gardens! There is something totally mesmerizing and special about photographing the creation as it grows, buds and exhibits its beauty.
As photographers we look for this beauty everywhere and especially at the National and State Arboretums, Botanical Gardens, private gardens and our own Promise Gardens and backyard. As we travel, we always visit large or famous gardens to capture them for our “Art on Canvas” collection of prints. The National Arboretum in Washington, DC is fabulous and the Alabaster backdrop of the city really make beautiful images; the State Arboretum in Virginia (Blandy Farm) likewise has a beautiful backdrop of historic gardens and treasures. If you don’t have large gardens nearby where you live, go to your local nursery and ask permission to photograph the flowers. Most are very generous in allowing you to photograph them and I have donated, shared or published them with the locals, media and with a shout-out to the nursery. No matter how you capture your florals this spring do it for the beauty, fun and sharing. It is a special time to enjoy the creation.
The Promise Gardens fall have been glorious thus far as the season colors change. We have been documenting it through photographs and the Camera Awesome app for iPhone. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the gardens. Take a peek… Check our images at Instagramfor 2013 fall and our HDRChicsites for fabulous fall places.
of Flowers at Biltmore Estate. The walk through the azaleas is one of my favorites and second in line to the flower carpet and tulips. It is so romantic and an escape into the beauty, aroma , color and tranquility of nature. Come walk with me…there are waterscapes, vistas, secret places and sights to be adored (and photographed!).
This image is from my Art On Canvas Series “In the Garden” for historic gardens in America. To see Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers video here.
I collect seeds from various “famous” gardens and old farms/towns, etc. See my Hollyhocks posts here for the “historic holllyhocks” that burst forth all over our area in the summer. Watch for the new postings of our newest hollyhocks.
The photos above are from my 2008 gardens. They are much more abundant in 2012. The recent Derecho (storm) in Virginia broke most of them to the ground while still in bloom but the seeds, oh yes, the seeds were captured. Click on image above to see all this Hollyhock post.