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.
Disappointment abounds when a budding garden goes bad. Unfortunately, it can happen to even the most experienced gardeners. There could be several reasons as to why your gorgeous blooms look gaunt and it’s important to figure out what the cause is prior to performing a risky resuscitation. Here are some common causes of garden failure with tips and advice on how to revive your struggling back yard treasures.
Problem 1: Too Much, Not Enough
You've spent years training your roses, pruning your Japanese maple, and preventing invasive vines from overtaking your trees. Will you gamble it all for a summer vacation? “I hired the neighbor's kids to take care of my garden while I was away,” says Pamela Horvitz, a passionate gardener in Pittsburgh. “When I came back, things looked so bad that I wanted to cry.” Instead, the former office manager began a new life as a garden sitter.
This is a companion piece to our Ancient Beauty article.
Water ferns only when the top of the soil is slightly dry. To maintain moisture, fill a saucer with pebbles, place the potted fern on the pebbles, and put a small amount of water in the saucer.