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I slowed down my pace a bit today in the garden...just did some routine housekeeping...
Edged the beds with the weedeater, trimmed back the wild onions and vinca with the weedeater, raked and started to cut back all the grasses. This is always such a messy job and I don't know that I have figured out the most efficient way of doing it. I figure this year, I will just do a bit at a time through the next couple of weeks and then it won't seem so bad. The yard is looking so tidy and is just ready for spring to burst through. I also took some time to play with the camera and capture some wonderful winter moments in the garden:
Dried Annabelle Hydrangea Bloom:
Exfoliating Bark of the Oakleaf Hydrangea:
Wax Mahonia Bloom/Berries:
Nice contrast of the Variegated Ivy against the bark of the tree trunk:
Lilac getting ready for spring:
Twisty Twigs of the Contorted Filbert:
Brilliant Color of the Nandina Fire Power:
And Finally...the beautiful bark of the Natchez Crepe Myrtle (the reason I chose this variety):
All of these picts were taken in my back yard. It was really nice to look closely at all the winter details. I see my garden different through the lense and its always a fun perspective!
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Feb 2, 2008 | 5:54 PM PST
soaphouse, your pictures are lovely as always. They are a treat for the eye. I just got my new camera today. I hope we can get some photos that are just as great.
Feb 2, 2008 | 6:57 PM PST
fun! what kind of camera did you get? can't wait to see some picts!
Feb 2, 2008 | 7:24 PM PST
Its an OLYMPUS SP-560UZ. Hopefully I can figure it out soon so I can have some fun with it.
Feb 2, 2008 | 8:31 PM PST
gorgeous photos! have you had any published? what about shows?
Feb 3, 2008 | 4:17 AM PST
thanks shiukopuppy! I have a BFA in Photography and I used to show, but its been a while. Unfortunately, it costs a bit to show and maintain a body of work and these days I seem to be putting any extra cash flow into the garden :)
Angel: I have never played with an Olympus...can't wait to see what you are able to do with it!
Feb 4, 2008 | 2:41 AM PST
Nice pics, even in winter there is beauty.
Feb 7, 2008 | 10:06 PM PST
You have a great eye, love the photos and your garden~Andrea
Feb 9, 2008 | 5:12 PM PST
You do a lot homework before planting, I like that.