This weeks blog is about planning a garden so you can capture beautiful images in your own yard.
I've had a garden for more than 20 years. As we grow older, we change, maybe we're not as mobile as we once we're, or maybe it's time to just reduce the amount of work we do. Let's face it, gardens are so beautiful but they are a lot of work. My garden now is comprised of planters and pots. I had almost 1/3 of an acre previously, it was lovely. Now I don't have much of a yard so when I started planning my garden for the spring and summer, I thought about all the flowers I love to photograph and how I'm going to create the backgrounds I love. Being the person I am, I look for the positive in the change. I have a couple :) no real weeding, they are generally higher off the ground so I don't really have to get down low....I'm making myself sound immobile :) I had a knee replacement 1 1/2 years ago and although I've recovered its just easier if I don't need to get on the ground. I do still at times but I kind of like the higher garden idea.
When choosing a container go for a couple if you have the space. Find a larger one you can place in an area that will allow you to plant a lot of variety and a smaller container you can move. Chose your plants based on color, texture, and size. Pick plants you are drawn too, don't forget variety and remember to take into consideration bloom time so you have constant flowers.
When planting, plant according to height, plant taller plants in the back, then layer down with the shorter plants. All plant tags have height and width of the mature plant, if you're planting seeds the packaging has the same information. Think about like requirements for light, water, as well as heat this will yield the best looking plants.
When planting, fill the pot but don't over fill it. What I mean by this is your going to have layers of plants. If you over fill the pot you will end up with flowers crowding flowers, sure they can be moved aside however, it's something to think about as your planning. This year I have a larger rectangular planter. I plan to plant dahlias and sunflowers and that's just the start. Obviously, I won't be able to move it my other planter will be much smaller, this one will be my moveable pot. I get the most beautiful light in the late afternoon so I want to be able to move my pot to take advantage of it.
Last year, my photography pot consisted of plants I picked up at the store. I really didn't plan the pot. This year I'm going to work a little more at creating something that will yield more images. I was able to get quite a few last year but I have a different idea this year so we'll see how it goes.
Even if you just throw plants in the pot like I did last year, it will work. I really don't think you can go wrong as long as you don't have a lot of holes so you can see dark spots or busy bokeh.
You know the saying, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Below are some images I captured in my photography pot