Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Scenes From Summer to Snow

Maureen's garden through the seasons


Today we’re in North Reading, Massachusetts, seeing the world through the eyes of talented amateur photographer Maureen Budney. She grew up with a love of gardening passed on from her mother, and she loves taking pictures of the beautiful sights she sees during the day.

bumblebee on a cosmosA bumblebee hard at work on a cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual). Cosmos is native to Mexico, with native populations reaching north into Arizona and south as far as Costa Rica, but it is now a beloved resident of gardens all around the world. Easy to grow from seed, it is a favorite of pollinators and a great cut flower as well.

purple and white cosmosThe cosmos in this action shot has a beautiful darker eye and edge to the petals. Cosmos come in a wide range of colors and patterns. If you save seed from cosmos, be sure to take it from the plants you like the best to ensure that you have your favorite colors and forms year after year.

dark red cosmosA lovely, intensely dark red cosmos.

Big leaf hydrangeaThe flowers of bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) are beautiful at every stage, even here as they are beginning to gracefully age and fade.

Panicle hydrangeaPanicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) is a reliable shrub that easily adapts to a wide range of climates and conditions. Older varieties are white or cream, sometimes taking on a reddish hue as they age, but some newer selections boast strong pink colors in the flowers, as seen here.

pink panicle hydrangeaThe flowers of this beautiful pink panicle hydrangea are beginning to fade from pink to tan.

sugar mapleNothing does fall color like a sugar maple (Acer saccharum, Zones 3–8). Sunlight encourages the development of red color in fall leaves, sometimes producing a two-toned effect as seen here, with the outer leaves, which are exposed to more sun, flaming up red while the inner leaves are yellow.

sugar maple leavesA closer view of these astonishingly beautiful leaves.

forst on a Japanese mapleFrost on the fall leaves of a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).

cardinalA cardinal stands out in a garden filled with snow.


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  1. Rebeccazone7 11/18/2020

    The frost on the Japanese maple is a reminder that there is beauty in every season.

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      It was very early in the season, October, but beautiful nonetheless.

  2. garden1953 11/18/2020

    Beautiful photography!

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Thank you!

  3. sagebird52 11/18/2020

    Awesome photos ! Wonderful thx.

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Thanks so much!

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    treasuresmom 11/18/2020

    My, my, that sugar maple is a real wowzer!

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      It really was. Even better in person. I actually pulled my car over and got out to take that shot!

  5. sohappygardening 11/18/2020

    You are so right. There is beauty in every season. We just need to open our eyes. Thanks for such a nice photo display. Great job.

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  6. btucker9675 11/18/2020

    These colorful photos surely brightened my morning - thank you so much for sharing. The frosty Japanese maple leaf is especially lovely.

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Glad to know the photos are appreciated. Thank you!

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    simplesue 11/18/2020

    Love that great shot of the bee flying off from the Cosmo!
    The frost on that Japanese Maple is spectacular!
    I want to see more!!!!

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      That bee was a complete surprise. He was on the flower, but the moment I snapped the photo he flew off. I had no idea until I went to look at the photo.

  8. annek 11/18/2020

    What a talented photographer you are! Your photos evinced fond memories and thoughtful analysis of fall to winter changes. Well done!

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Awww, thank you sooo much. I’m new to photography, it’s been exactly a year this November. I take all my pictures using my IPhone. So glad you enjoyed them.

  9. user-5117752 11/19/2020

    I see an exhibit in your future! My son is a commercial photographer now but he started with exhibits and who knows where it might take you! Just such lovely shots!!!

    1. mojersey 11/19/2020

      Thank you! Such a wonderful compliment. Means a lot!!

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