I said this a week or so ago, this summer has been the most challenging (read frustrating) gardening season for me - ever! The lingering cold weather, deer, and slugs were relentless, as were the demands on my time. When I saw that the theme of this month's photo contest on Gardening Gone Wild is late summer garden I cringed and thought, "I'm out". But, on a beautiful sunny day last weekend I walked through our garden and realized we did have a little color - if you looked close.
Christa Neu of Organic Gardening is the judge this month. She said, "For this contest, I’d like to see an image with object presence—something that makes us look at an everyday object (whether it is a flower, vegetable, or garden) in a new way. Show me the colors and textures of late summer and the little bits of beauty that can be found in your garden."
I narrowed my photos down to these two. Just by looking at these pictures I can recall the warmth of the day and the smell of the the herbs in the late afternoon sun. Best of all I looked at my garden a new way - on a mirco level. While this year's garden isn't the most aesthetic, there are beautiful parts. AND, like all gardeners, I'm optimistically sure that next summer will be the best and the most productive season - ever!
I like the first photo because it's fun and seems to have a little story with the bee. The colors are also vibrant but it seems a little busy and lacks a specific focal point. The second photo is more simple with a definate focal point. I like the contrast ofthe detail of the flowering dill with the muted lavender and chartreuse sedum in the background. So, I'm submitting the second picture to Gardening Gone Wild's September Picture this photo contest.