new: what's growing at your place? share a photo!

FOR YEARS I HAVE WANTED to be able to see your gardens, too, and the to-do item labeled “get public photo-uploader plugin” has been on my website wishlist forever. (Don’t you love it when I talk geek? Even crazier than botanical Latin, isn’t it?) A drum-roll, please: It’s finally here! Now you can post your photos on my website. I always show you my garden–so now how about you show me yours?

My wish for a photo-uploader that you could use to post pictures to A Way to Garden was inspired by my friend Pam Kueber of RetroRenovation, and her wildly popular website about loving the “mid-century modest” home you’re in. (Like how about these 300-plus different reader living rooms–whoa! Can we top that, gardeners?).
In the future I’ll have other community photo events like this–but for now, why don’t we simply start with this theme:

Upload photo(s) of a favorite happy moment in your garden, whether a single plant or a whole scene…

Uploader Tips:

  • Please set your camera or photo-processing software (like iPhoto or Photoshop) to no bigger than “medium” images, so files aren’t too large — large files really slow down the slideshow for all to view. About 640 pixels wide and 100 kb or slightly smaller is ideal.
  • Use the “Browse” button below to find the image on your computer, then give it a caption and add your name and location in the blank field as indicated–so perhaps, “My first peony of the season, from Mary’s garden in Columbus.” Then hit the wide gray button “Choose file (ABOVE) then upload by clicking here,” and that’s it.
  • (2) Even though the uploader DOES work, and you will get a confirmation on the screen, you may also see a message that seems to say otherwise. Just an occasional bug. Simply upload ONCE and trust the image is there — though they will not appear immediately, because…
  • …All photos must be approved manually by me first, before they go live (to keep all you plant pornographers from breaking decency laws!). 
  • (3) Terms of Use apply to all uploads.
  • REMEMBER: Medium-sized images only–please no 2000-pixel or 1MB files!!!! 600-900 or so and 100kb is plenty. Thanks.

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The Happy Garden Moments Gallery

GO AHEAD: Try it. My photo up top (and the first one in the gallery below), taken today, is of Euphorbia griffithii ‘Dixter,’ a plant I’ve grown for more than a dozen years that was said not to be hardy here so I shouldn’t even try. Take that, hardiness naysayers! What’s showy at your place now or from your photo archives? Do show-and-tell. (Click the first thumbnail to see the slides, then toggle between images using your keyboard arrows or the ones beside each caption.)

  1. Lydia Seibert at Windswept says:

    What a superior idea! We all love to look at gardener’s beautiful hard work and photography. All gardens are ephemeral so we treasure those moments in time. We can learn so much just by observation. Love it.

    1. margaret says:

      Glad you like, Lydia. I am just getting schooled in how it all works but so far so good. Fun to see what everyone is posting!

  2. Great idea and added feature! Now I know what to do with the hundreds of pics I take of my yard and garden! LOL. But it will be very interesting to see all your follower’s gardens.

  3. leah saban says:

    This is just great – I love looking at other people’s gardens – they are all so beautiful and full of ideas – this is one of my favourite leisure occupations.

  4. Gartenfreund says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to share our garden photographs. I would like to share this lovely quote:
    “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Elenora Duse
    Happy gardening!! <3

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Gartenfreund, and thanks for the photo and the quote. How sweet of you!

      Hi, NantucketDaffodil. Nice of you to say hello, too. Hope to see you both again.

  5. Please visit my blog…not every post is about our garden..but many are! We are both public school teachers who throw our very beings into gardening each summer…come see our rustic fence, and much more to come.

    1. margaret says:

      Nice to meet you, Rachel! And thanks to all of you for jumping in right away. I am just getting the hang of how it all works myself…but so far so good!

  6. John says:

    What a nice start to the photo collection with such a beautiful euphorbia! I’ll add that to my want list. I’m happy to contribute a gardening moment…

  7. Denise says:

    This is a delightful experience, thanks for hosting. You can see all the joy and pride in everyones gardens and photos.

  8. Meryl Natchez says:

    For years I wanted a labyrinth with flowers and herbs that I could walk around. Now I have one and I love it. It was easy to make with a string and a stick and a lot of perseverance! You can see how to do it on the website above. Just search for “labyrinth.” There are pictures at all stages.

  9. leah saban says:

    I dont know if this is possible, but it would be nice to click on a picture and ask questions about it – some of these pictures are just fascinating!!

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Leah. Not at the moment…right now it’s simple technology (relatively) but maybe we will enhance it gradually. If you have a question do ask it in comments in case anyone posting wants to chime in…

  10. Barbara says:

    Delighted to find you in the blogosphere, Margaret. I loved your column when you were at Newsday and missed you when you left. Thanks for giving your followers a forum for showing off our gardens. More photos of my Long Island garden can be found on my blog, The Healthy Nut, at http://www.barbarathehealthynut.blogspot.com. Come on over and say hello!

    1. margaret says:

      Nice to see you, Barbara, and have an “invite” to your blog. :) Thanks for the memories of Newsday!

  11. magpie says:

    I just this morning posted about my mother’s presence in my garden. The photo I uploaded is some Solomon’s Seal, that I pinched from her yard, and that she’d been given by someone else. Pass-along plants are some kind of magic.

  12. Jen says:

    This is fabulous Margaret. Hard to imagine your website getting any better, but it just did. Love spending my lunch hour touring other gardeners’ gardens. I’m inspired to go looking for fountains and sculptures! Thank you! (I posted one from my garden in Wenatchee, WA.)

    1. margaret says:

      Nice to meet you, Jen, and yes, I am having fun seeing all the styles and plans, too. A good beginning to this new toy to play with, right? :)

  13. Linda Pastorino says:

    So nice to see so many varieties of styles and personal spaces. I think it will also be nice if this function works as a way to add photos of particular plants when certain things are discussed within the context of the sight. I don’t know if it is set up like this but will be particularly usefull to be able to link back and forth in an array of being able to show like a question and answer segment. Great idea for allowing us to share what we love best with you and other members!

  14. Cynthia says:

    I love your idea of allowing us to share our garden photos. I see some things in your garden gallery that I want to try in my own garden.

    I wanted to share a new idea we had.

    We recently had a sprinkler system put in and they mistakenly put little flower sprinklers by our 40 ft trees. The little sprinklers will do the trees no good but we thought it would be fun to drag out some of my unused decorative pots, fill them with colorful flowers and place those small flower sprinklers in the pots so they are automatically watered. I think it will really brighten up the yard and it will be virtually maintenance free.

    When we get it set up I will takes some pics and add them to your gallery and see what everyone thinks!

    1. margaret says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Cynthia — me too! I am thinking of using a drip system (from a simple kit) for some of my pots, too. Thanks for reminding me…or I will never keep up with the watering in some spots I fear.

  15. leah saban says:

    I would like to comment on ‘Belisha’s corner garden’ – it is spectacular – and a great example of what you can do in a small area – keep up the good work!

  16. Linda Pastorino says:

    This might be a stupid idea , but I wanted to expand on using irrigation in some of the free standing pots. It’s a good idea, but only if one could get the tubing to be hidden in some way. I’m wondering if the tubing could be brought inside the holes on the bottem or if not big enough drill to make them bigger and put a single emmiter and single tail up the bottom with an end to it? This done before planting to have the tubing mid range to the root ball. I have irregation but then if one used drip lines and worked with your irregation the drip is more flexible and could work off diffeerent direct lines. My irregation is complex and very much in position yet if one used drip with it, then you could always manage to change your free standing pots.
    I believe one could also put those on timers too.

  17. Marilyn Wilkie says:

    Hi Margaret, I uploaded 3 pictures a couple of days ago but it looks like no new pictures have been added yet from anyone. Does it take some time to moderate them? Just wondering, thanks!

  18. Jen says:

    All of these gardens are so gorgeous! I would love to meet all of you gardeners and tour your gardens with you. Some of your photos are now screen savers on my computer at work. Thanks! Jennifer

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