Some artists express themselves with paint, some with sculpture, yarn, wood etc. I paint with light, color, flowers and capture that with my photography!
I recently moved to a new home and with that move I transplanted tons of plants from my previous houses and have added new plants to create something special. When I started in mid-May this year there was nothing on my new property except a lot of water and clover and a few builder installed obligatory plants. First thing I did was remove the unwanted plants and install them on another property. With the help of a friend I got a bird’s eye view of my property and began the design of a totally new garden that would be complete in 4 months! I had plants and shrubs that needed to be replanted immediately as they were being transplanted and beds had to be designed, dug out, turned over, compost and sand added all over the property.
I came up with a layout and started drawing it out on the property so my contractor could dig the beds for me. My goal was to encourage all types of pollinators, birds, bees, (especially Honeybees) butterflies (especially Monarchs) and wildlife. Four season color and interest were keys to my design. Winter structure was of primary importance as winter in New England lasts for many months. As all plans go, best laid plans changed a little. We had to move things around a little to accommodate the septic system, clay soil and water run off.
New large full size trees were ordered and installed, new shrubs, perennials and bulbs added and finally annuals were added to liven it all up.
The finishing touches were just done this past weekend with the placement of several bird houses. Overall I can truly say I am very pleased with the results as are the birds. butterflies and bees!
Just waiting for my bulb orders to come in so I can get my Tulips, Alliums, Hyacinths, Camassia, Daffodils and Muscari in the ground. Of course, it will soon be time to lift the Dahlia tubers and bring those in along with the Agapanthus and Calla Lillies. I have started freezing my thyme, parsley and making pesto to savor all that yummy Basil all winter.
I have created my own canvas for photography. I try to find the magic in each space whether on my own property or on a client’s.
Enjoy the beauty of nature in all of our seasons! Create items of interest for all 4 seasons. Leave your grasses and seed heads for the birds and you will be rewarded with beautiful sights when the snow lands atop them.
Think of your garden as an extension of your home. Stage your garden rooms to get the best view! Look at your garden from inside when you are creating it since that is where it will most often be viewed from. Is it the kitchen window or your office or from the patio you most often look out onto the garden. Consider this when adding elements to your garden and don’t forget a place to sit outside once in awhile to enjoy it all!
Remember gardening should be fun and stuff goes wrong for everyone! Still need help? I have expanded my photography business to include Garden Consulting. As an Interior Designer for many years and a photographer I then pursued a Certificate in Garden Design and Horticulture so I can help advise you. Visit my website: www.lensidesigns.com
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