Seeing Texture in the Garden | PITH + VIGOR by Rochelle Greayer

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Seeing Texture in the Garden


I have to admit that with coming off the latest issue of Leaf and needing to pull together this post for the GDRT within the same 24 hour period….I’m a little overwhelmed. So instead of stressing about it too much, I decided to use the opportunity to re-connect with my own garden.
seeing texture in the garden
Thankfully, connecting with not only my garden, but any garden, involves a slow walk that gives time to notice even the tiniest things.

seeing texture in the garden

With this months theme of ‘texture’ in mind I started having fun snapping shots. I purposely tried to find details that can often go unnoticed and some of the images got a little abstract. Can you tell what everything is? Some are easy, but some, I think, might be a bit more tricky — Answers at the bottom.

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achillea flower top garden textures from studio 'g' garden june 25 2012

These images remind me of when my children were little and the tiniest detail of something could become the most fascinating thing. Regardless of whether we consciously take the time to notice small details and the textures of life around us, I think their richness does have an impact on us.

Images — top to bottom: Dill Weed Flowers, shasta daisy flowers (going off and fallen over), studio ‘g’ picnic table, milkweed, cotinus coggygria, pea gravel, new england fieldstone, siding and trim, birch tree, ipe deck with pine needles (wet), achillea flower top, aspen leaf with glassy water drop, tomato stems, garden lights, umbrella pine.

Take some time to talk about texture with some of my GDRT cohorts:

Thomas Rainer : Grounded Design : Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA

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  1. What wonderful moody and atmospheric images. Very artsy.

  2. Jaime says:

    who knew dill weed flowers were so beautiful!

  3. What Thomas said! I loved your take on this topic.

  4. Ditto what Thomas said. Fun to try and guess! My favorite? The yellow yarrow.

  5. Desert Dweller / David C. says:

    Taking time to see your own garden adds dimension to so much beyond designing or other creative efforts. I even recognized a few of those plants, including a favorite – smoke tree!

  6. Dear Rochelle, very moody indeed. But what I come away with most strongly is the need to take the time to see. Who knows what the mechanism is that switches off my “auto-looking” and switches on my “seeing”. Thanks for this, Deborah

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