Laura Snyder, in Ottawa, Ontario, sent in some beautifully artistic photos from her garden for us to enjoy:
I have just started doing garden maintenance this past year after spending the past five years getting to know our four-acre property and garden beds. These images are from the fern, birch, and lily of the valley patch out by the side door. The chicken coop is just beyond this, and the hens love scratching around in this spot.
Happy 2019 to you!
Laura captions this photo, “–26 at my door.” (That’s –14°F for those of us in the States.) It’s a good temperature for staying inside and looking at pictures!
New fronds of ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 3–8) unfurl in this photo, which makes me want to run out and plant a big mass of ferns in a location where they’ll be backlit by the rising or setting sun. These almost look to be glowing.
These fern fronds are fully expanded, and every detail of their texture is emphasized in black and white. At first glance, I thought this was a picture of frost on a window! It’s amazing how the patterns in nature echo each other. Black-and-white photography can be artistic and beautiful, and it can also be a tool for garden design. Taking photos without color can help you look closely at the textures and shapes in your garden and see what is really working without being distracted by brightly colored flowers.
I love the way this photo of Laura’s ferns at the end of the season draws me in and encourages me to see beauty in an unexpected place.
Lily of the valley (Concallaria majalis, Zones 3–8) is a classic plant that’s easy to grow, and the rich scent of those flowers is the essence of spring.
A magical winter scene, with the warm light of the house beckoning.
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