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Our Best Garden Photos of 2014
November 6, 2014

I take a lot of photos for the Senior Gardening site, enjoyably combining the hobbies of gardening and photography. Most of the shots have previously appeared somewhere on the Senior Gardening site: in our blog; in feature stories; or in a how to story.

Garlic bloom

My favorite shot of the year turned out to be the bloom of an elephant garlic plant (shown above). We let three of them bloom and saved the bulbils from them that are a sort of seed. But I suspect you're not here for garden talk, but pictures. So for most of this page, there'll be a minimum of comments. Clicking on an image will open a larger version of it in a new tab or window. Hovering your mouse over any image should display a description of the image.


Yellow squash blossom Green beans Cauliflower
Violet of Sicily cauliflower Apple blossoms Daffodil
Building new raised bed Out kitchen window in February Senior Garden in February
Geese beyond raised bed Petunias on windowsill in January Green beans in main garden bed
Daisy in spinach patch Hummingbirds at feeder Garden in mist

 

I love the deep, rich colors in the two shots below.

Apple blossoms in April Sweet corn in late June

Weekly Deals from Ritz Camera

Onions Hummingbirds at feeder Young sweet corn plants Hummingbirds at feeder
Snapdragon Honey Bunch Grape Tomatoes Kale in October Late (October) carrots

Some photos don't downsize well for viewing. So I'll waste a bit of bandwidth here with a few shots that really need to be seen in this larger format.

Onions drying

We grew a lot of onions this year while testing some varieties we'd not grown previously. We actually had another row of them just outside of the image above. The experiment yielded hundreds of pounds of onions and two feature stories, How We Grow Our Onions and 2014 Onion Trials. We learned a lot, and the food bank we share our garden excess with got a lot of onions.

Light House Mission

Carrot plants emerging

I do like unusual angles and points of view in photography. The double row of emerging fall carrots, spaced about four inches apart, with flowers and soybeans in the background, is one of my favorite shots of the year. I actually laid my precious Canon XSi on the ground to get the shot.

Cranberry Tiger Gloxinia

While not necessarily a true "garden" photo, the shot above of a Cranberry Tiger gloxinia in full bloom taken in mid-August was sort of a celebration for us. Ten months earlier, we had to throw out almost our entire collection of gloxinia plants due to an INSV virus infection. The plant above is one of the few plants that appeared to survive the infection, as it had been segregated from the infected plants in a dark corner of our basement while it was going through its required period of dormancy. Sadly, after going through a gorgeous blooming cycle, it began to show signs of disease. Fortunately, our restart of gloxinias from seed after disinfecting our plant room hasn't shown any reoccurrence of the disease.

Gloxinias

While not directly garden related, each of the dishes below could carry some garden ingredients. I featured our Texas Nachos recipe in a January posting. The beef stew featured all major ingredients from the garden, other than the beef and broth. And Grandma's Yeast Rolls always go well with beef stew.

Texas Nachos Beef stew simmering on stove Grandma's Yeast Rolls

I'm not sure about these being some of our best garden photos, but I thought it appropriate to wind up this page with shots of our two main garden plots, our raised garden beds and our large East Garden.

Main garden raised beds
Our Raised Beds - July 5, 2014 East Garden - June 30, 2014

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