Photo by Janet Loughrey
The months between Christmas and spring stretch interminably for ardent gardeners, who grow restless for any sign of life in the landscape. While most plants lie in dormant slumber, the long, slender branches of witch hazel burst into bloom with ribbon-like petals of yellow, orange or red. The delicately fragrant flowers give renewed hope that spring is not far away.
“Old school” is how Michael Farndale described the look of his nondescript front yard in Bothell, Wash., before he began transfroming it three years ago. After having it professionally hardscaped with walkways, stepping stones and rockscapes, he set out on his own to create a glorious Zen-like garden populated with plants native to the Pacific Northwest.
An early frost coats each blade of grass and every twig in this silvery landscape. Photo by Jerry Harpur.
Capturing a garden’s vitality through a camera’s lens can pose a challenge — trying to do so in winter is even harder. Photographer Karen Bell has led seasonal photography workshops at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden since 2005. Here, she offers a few tips for creating compelling outdoor images.
From its humble little-yellow-daisy beginnings, the chrysanthemum has risen to dizzying heights of popularity and exploded in a bounty of forms and colors. Yet the flower's ubiquity somehow makes mums only more charming. They're the first choice of proud moms for homecoming corsages; their exquisite forms draw thousands to flower shows; and, come autumn, they dominate prime counter space at garden centers.