When I began reading garden blogs for inspiration I noticed a focus on single flowers and plants. Although closeup photos are beautiful and useful for learning about specific plants, I felt a larger context is sometimes needed to appreciate those details in the garden. Like an Impressionist painting, things change quite a bit when you take a step or two back. Fortunately there were blogs like Digging with a good combination of each to guide me and provide just what I was looking for at the time. One of my goals when I decided to jump in with my own garden blog in October 2011 was to mix in plenty of wide shots so readers could follow along to see just how the details fit within my landscape as a whole.
When Heather at Xericstyle began blogging in January of 2012 I noted right away that she is also a fan of the wide shot. Her photos often show the big picture so essential for understanding her garden design projects, providing more of a "tour" than simply looking at closeups. Heather, who lives just a few minutes from me in San Antonio, is beginning a new blogger's meme today and encouraging bloggers to post a wide shot of our gardens on the first of each month. A meme is a designated day when bloggers link together and post on the same subject. Heather has posted the wide shot of her garden here.
Since I already post a lot of views from the left or south side I selected a straight-on view of the house this morning. I love the shadow patterns on the stone walls just as the sun peeks over the hill.
It's been very hot so most blooming plants are dormant and a few plants might even be toast as is typical for our long summer. The use of plants that remain evergreen or "ever-silver" all year long makes a huge difference this time of year when many lawns are burned out.
Heather's yard looks great this week so take a look and bloggers can join the fun.