Garden Photo of the Day

One-Hit Wonders

Single photos worth sharing

At the GPOD, we like to have between five and ten photos for each post. But sometimes people just send in one or two photos that are great, and I hate to not be able to share them. So today is going to be a roundup of a few great photos from gardeners.

Regal geraniumsFrom Carol Ledeboer, the blooms of a regal geranium. Regal geraniums are in the genus Pelargonium, like the more familiar zonal geraniums, and similarly are usually grown as annuals. They have enormous, often intricately colored and patterned flowers. As a rule, they are less tolerant of hot summers than the normal zonal geraniums, but if you have moderate summer temperatures, they can be absolutely breathtaking.

Magnolia grandifloraNikola Tirado sent in this magnificent magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 6–10).

golden creeping Jenny in a containerFrom Nanci R. Natale: I live in Darien, Connecticut, and I garden in various forms (gardens, containers, indoor/outdoor, etc.). I always enjoy seeing interesting plant combinations in interesting containers. When I got this iron cauldron, I knew it had to have something really beautiful to accent the iron. I started with golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–8), which comes back every year, and then added bright red geraniums (no summer is complete without red geraniums!). To soften the look I added pink petunias, an orange-red impatiens, and a grass for feathery height. An American flag makes this container ready for all the summer holidays!

Black-eyed SusansFrom Linda Petersen: We live on a farm in Virginia and enjoy feeding all varieties of birds. Here’s Hummingbird Alley. Unofficially, it’s just the sidewalk from the car park to our front door. There are hummingbird feeders along the way, with an assortment of phlox and black-eyed Susans growing underneath. I’m kept busy filling every one of those 30-ounce feeders each day.  My husband hung a garden mister attachment on a hose from a cedar branch behind the sidewalk. The hummers, butterflies, and even the chickens enjoy the water park feature.

PelargoniumJoyce Hochsprung sent us this beautiful geranium. A type of zonal geranium (Pelargonium), this is one of the stellar geraniums, which have masses of fringed, star-shaped flowers. They’re just as easy to grow as any other geranium, and they bring an unusual look to the garden.

silver dusty millerJosephine Duncan in Bellville, Texas, combined silver dusty miller (Senecio cineraria, Zones 8–10 or as annual) and blue agapanthus (Agapanthus hybrid, Zones 8–10) to great impact!

‘Galloway’ roseJoan Ancel gardens on a skyscraper in New York City. That may sound impossible, but look at the beautiful ‘Galloway’ rose she grew!

Thanks to all the gardeners who share their beautiful creations with us on the GPOD, whether it be one photo or a dozen!


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Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

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    treasuresmom 03/27/2020

    To the photographers: All your pics are just so very, very lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. cheryl_c 03/27/2020

    Thank you, FG for finding a way to share these wonderful pictures. And to the gardeners - great job! These are fun pictures for a Friday.

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    simplesue 03/27/2020

    I love the "one hit wonders"! This should be a regular thing at Fine Gardening Photo of the Day!
    Nice to see these individual submissions of real gardeners growing things!

  5. btucker9675 03/27/2020

    Fun! Especially enjoyed the beautiful magnolia bloom and Hummingbird Alley.

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