Mid June vignettes

you see ladders, I see an arborI really really love my start-of-a-garden and have been so distracted by it that sometimes I stop whatever I’m doing and just walk around and gaze at it from different angles, touch leaves, admire the industry of spit bugs and think about which patch of grass to take out “next!”. frontyard garden - what the camera seesBut as much as I adore it all and think it’s beeeautiful – even the clashes – I find it very hard to photograph. Suddenly in pictures the ignorable periphery shows up crystal clear. I wish I could shoot what I really see – the garden without weeds, cars in the driveway or iridescent pinwheels and fourth of July banners over the hedge; the seedling trees and shrubs full grown, shading and screening; a rocking chair front porch and weathered shingles on the house; and my expansive view of the sunset sky rather than the actual pie slices between chain-link houses and construction zones. Someone really should invent a camera that deletes the coiled hose, coverts the ugly chaise into a funky antique with gracious proportions and paints the great white wall a lovely shade of celadon.

Until the Canon ESP is created and marketed at a reasonable price, closeups and vignettes will have to suffice for best illustrating what I love about my garden. Does your garden live up to your longshot camera view or do prefer taking closeups too?

'Quick Silver' Eleagnus and a bilious spirea - one of my favorite combospenstamon and filipendula - a clash of washoutsthornless blackberry. my mystery plantClematis 'Roguchi'

Many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting yet another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and for not barring the door to any of us who are always (un)fashionably late to the party.

Rosa mutabilis, Atlantic poppies and chives

5 thoughts on “Mid June vignettes”

  1. Yeah, I don’t take too many long shots, either. I’m trying to love the power lines above my new front bed (not to mention the road right there) but not quite there yet. Quite like your headboard trellis. We have some old bike wheels destined for that purpose but not sure where they should go. Probably where turf still is. “Canon ESP” is brilliant! Can’t wait for that 🙂

    oooooooo! Bicycle wheels! Genius. Imitation is the highest form of flattery – I don’t know where they’d go either but now I must have them somewhere…
    I used to take a lot of road trips and got to love the undulating waves of powerlines – so much that for awhile they were the subject of my paintings. But I think they’re easier to appreciate from a distance (as were the paintings, come to think of it).

  2. Hi Kris! I love seeing your garden and we all have the over head wires, the hose and the errant black pot left out after transplanting! The headboard is very clever….Hope to see you when I am in Providence! gail

    Gail, Now of course I wish I had held out for a headboard… But there’s always room for another such thing! See you soon? -kris

  3. I’m with you, Kris. Long shots in my new-baby garden show off beautifully the falling-down fence, the neighbor’s back deck, the kids’ bright-pink and -green pool toys…. But little by little we’ll get our gardens into the state where long shots will be enjoyed. It just takes time and money, right? 😉

    Aargh, yes. both things in short supply over here! -kris

  4. The long shots are the most difficult to achieve with satisfaction. I am always trying to get the car or the wires out of shots. At least Tucker cooperates by sitting still. I am sure you have no weeds in your garden.

    Layanee, I thought I had already responded to this with a resounding HA! No weeds is right! Not a one. -kris

  5. yes indeedy… bring on that camera. mine insists on that it only does macro shots while I am in my garden, however there was one photo that looked so amazing a year or two ago, I questioned whether it was even my garden…

    I hope you framed it!

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