The joy of the Promise Gardens each year is my over 40 peony bushes-trees that produce such beauty that takes my breath away. They are my favorite next to the Rose….a must have in your gardens dear friends for the sheer loveliness and joy they bring!
I HEARD the farm cocks crowing, loud, and faint, and thin, When hooded night was going and one clear planet winked: I heard shrill notes begin down the spired wood distinct, When cloudy shoals were chinked and gilt with fires of day. White-misted was the weald; the lawns were silver-grey; The lark his lonely field for heaven had forsaken; And the wind upon its way whispered the boughs of may, And touched the nodding peony-flowers to bid them waken.
It is almost show time again in the Promise Gardens and we are preparing the plethora of show pieces of colors, textures, flowers of every kind and description. Grabbed a quick shot of these right before the deluge that is upon us. This is definitely our favorite time of the year with the beautiful colors of spring, the trees blooming and happiness abounding in taking it all in. Enjoy the season!
Beautiful Spring! We are happy to see the flowers begin to bloom and are looking forward to this year’s beauties as they grow another year in fullness and show. The sun is shining brightly here in the Valley which means our flowering trees are popping out all over. It’s a cheerful place and since we all love the colors of spring, a repeated post was in order. This is a combination of my favorite colors and the inspiration color palette for my beach house and formal areas of blue and white. Isn’t it lovely?
At Promise Gardens we are always thinking color, color scheme, color palette, storyboards and especially for each new garden season. What will it be this year? Pastels or bold colors? We shall see!
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.