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Web Photos That I Like

Here is a view of Sheila Averbuch‘s garden near Edinburgh, Scotland. I first saw this photo at her blog site The Stopwatch Gardener. As there are so few photos on-line that are long-shots of perennial gardens, I asked permission to share the image with my readers.

The red flowers that are so prominent in this composition are Geum, grown from seed. The boldness of the red tries to overpower the traditional pastel colors of an English-style garden. However, the grey color of the stone wall behind helps to contain that energy.

For many years, I avoided planting bold-colored perennials in my pastel garden. Too many tempting visits to the nursery, and so many clients that demand rich colors, have weakened my resolve and I have begun to add intense-colored flowers to my own beds. The results have been both refreshing and unsettling because I am not accustomed to seeing such shades in my garden. However, the new pallete inspires me to experiment with colors, I once thought that I did not need.

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