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Gardening on a Budget; Seeing is Believing

Photo taken by Barbara Phillips-Conroy and posted to her blog site Barbara's Garden Chronicles.Any reader, who might be skeptical about gardening on a budget, should study this photo carefully. I stumbled upon it while researching a gardening website that was new to me. Shown here is a drift of purple Allium created by the gardener of the the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital in Oakville, Ontario. By allowing the Allium to go to seed and by scattering that seed a little bit further every year, he created an eye-catching purple drift. All it took was seed that nature provided and some imagination.

I am indebted to Barbara Phillips-Conroy for posting, in May 2009, both the picture and accompanying text on her blog site Barbara’s Garden Chronicles. Barbara does not pretend to be a professional photographer yet the nature shots that she captures with her camera are stunning. What separates her pictures, from the slick images of the photo icons of our industry, is the honesty of her work. Clearly, her camera accompanies her wherever she goes because she finds garden-related beauty in the most unlikely places.

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Allan, thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment on my blog. I see you live in my second favourite city in the country (favourite is St. John's, Nfld). I have a lot of friends in Montreal, other writers all, and was there in early October for a concert and bit of a break.
This post and the accompanying photo is lovely; the flood of purple alliums against that rich green background makes me very happy. I am working at having more drifts in my garden; so many plants, so little time! But a handy book called Design in the Plant Collector's Garden should help me out.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjodi (bloomingwriter)

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