Winter Garden Photography

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winter garden photography Perthshire

Winter garden photography can sometimes be quite a challenge here in Perthshire!

 

It's been blowing a hoolie here in the leavesnbloom garden over the last few weeks. When we first moved to Perthshire I was warned that winter can arrived in February. Well this year our heaviest fall of snow of the whole winter season only arrived in March just when the snowdrops were at their peak stage of flowering! Finally in between the rain, sleet, snow and storms the sun finally appeared and I managed to visit a favourite old garden of mine.

As a photographer there's such a distinctive character to this old garden that I so admire. It's trapped in time allowing nature a free hand to roam. Yet it's still loved and cherished for the flowers and memories it gives it's now much older and frailer gardener. There's a spring in your step as you walk across the lawn.

 

...you know the feeling when you're walking across an expensive carpet.

Only this lawn has a pile thick with moss which has colonized much more than just the lawn. The old apple tree limbs reach out across the garden welcoming the visitor into the garden. It's a tree that demands respect for it's seniority while soft green mounds of moss blanket it's limbs.

Winter Garden Photography

winter garden photography - Galanthus nivalis
Galanthus nivalis
 winter garden photography - Eranthis hyemalis winter aconite
Eranthis hyemalis - winter aconites
 winter garden photography - Fruticose lichen
Fruticose lichen
winter garden photography - a swath of single snowdrops
a swath of single snowdrops

Single snowdrops have naturalized liberally throughout the flower borders carpeting the garden in white. I call them Nature's natural antifreeze plants because of their ability to grow through the harshest of winters. While the odd bit of painted furniture adds some old garden charm against the old stone wall.

winter garden photography - Crocus tommasinianus
Crocus tommasinianus
winter garden photography - rustic charm with an old painted turquoise chair
rustic charm with an old painted chair
winter garden photography - single snowdrop
a single snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis
sitting on a carpet of snowdrops
sitting on a carpet of snowdrops

winter garden photography - the turquoise weathered bench

Old Garden Charm

The turquoise weathered bench contrasts with the colony of green moss that has invaded the limbs of the old apple tree. Silver coloured lichen clings like thick wads of insulating fabric on another tree against a background of fiery red cornus branches. While underneath are pockets of yellow winter aconites and purple crocus. 

 

I'd really like to go searching for some old chairs for the leavesnbloom garden. Especially after discovering all the inspiration on the Lushome blog post about recycling old chairs and benches for the garden!

Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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