Where is yours? Blooming in Photoshop? Growing on Picasa?
In my photo garden I can look at last season's Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' which is just a tiny blob of foliage in my garden, and . . .
. . . . in a couple clicks I can grow it into a mature, spreading specimen like the star magnolia behind my friend Jane's post lamp. This kind of gardening doesn't take twenty years, it takes a click or two.
In my photo garden I can admire the wintry architectural branches of a New Jersey Tea plant, Ceanothus americanus, and then . . . .
. . . in several clicks I can grow it backward into a fat shrub with white pompoms that drive the bees craaaazy. Photo gardening can reverse the seasons. Easily.
Photo gardening means I can enjoy the funny explosions of blooms on Virginia sweetspire, Itea virginiana 'Henry's Garnet' and just a moment later . . .
. . . . I can enjoy its fall color, the clearest garnet red I have ever seen.
When I photo garden I can even replant dead plants. After their untimely demise, I can put plants back in the beds they grew in years ago. How cool is that?
This redbud, Cercis reniformis 'Oklahoma' was decapitated in a 2011 storm and had to be removed, but this winter I can enjoy it all over again in my photo garden.
In my photo garden there are no nasty voles eating the roots of plants from below, toppling them over, and my dwarf Gingko biloba 'Spring Grove' still lives, with roots intact and miniature gingko leaves making delicate fans.
I can grow purple coneflowers in my photo garden just by clicking on them. It's so easy. Never mind that Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight' succumbed after a few years to something chompy and disappeared. In my photo garden I still grow it, and grow it well.
There are no bad bugs in my photo garden, and no deer at all. Sometimes it threatens to rain . . .
. . . but it never hails, there is no wind damage, and after it rains, my photo garden sparkles.
In many ways photo gardening is more rewarding than what I do in spring and summer. I certainly don't sweat so much. The fear of tick bites and knee damage is minimal. When I photo garden I am less likely to get dirt all over everything, although cookie crumbs in the keyboard have been an annoying problem.
I really do enjoy watching my small, newly planted shrubs and trees morph into mature specimens in just a click or two. My smokebush, Cotinus coggygria 'Grace' looks like this now. . .
. . . but in my photo garden it becomes this quite easily, looking just like my friend Sharon's mature smokebush that it took her years to grow.
Is your photo garden growing well this winter?