A picture (or a photograph) is worth a thousand words, they say. In my new world of garden blogging, I recently discovered the most fun way to capture our gardens without a single shutter click of a camera! I'm so excited about this new creative outlet that I am rendered...well...almost speechless! Almost.
Let me tell you all about it!
This is like pressed flowers meets technology :-)
Check out the Gardening Gone Wild blog for a complete run-down on how to do what I am now affectionately calling "garden scanning." You might even want to enter this month's "Picture This Photo Contest." (See the GGW blog for contest details.) Visit Ellen Hoverkamp's website to see some absolutely gorgeous examples of garden scans.
Here are my abbreviated (and novice) instructions:
Go out to your garden and gather a bunch of blooms and foliage.
Lay them on your scanner face down, layering and arranging as you would a pressed flower arrangment.
Cover the whole arrangment with a dark background of some type (like a large dark book or a towel or piece of cloth) or if you're a night-owl like me, you can turn off the lights in the room and scan in the dark
Scan the image onto your computer (If you click the "Preview" option first, you can see what the image will look like, and you can make adjustments to your arrangement before the final scan.)
It's just that easy!
Here are a few of my first attempts....
In this scan I arranged all of the flowers, and then I spread a background of Margarite Sweet Potato vine leaves over the whole screen.
Can you name all of the plants in this "photo"?
Hint...check out my What's Bloomin' post from September.
These flowers are growing out of a "meadow" of
Margarite Sweet Potato vine leaves
with "stems" from a plume of my Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' grass.
The blooms pop against the dark background.
A single leaf of White Queen Caladium shows amazing detail.
Loropetalum leaves layered over a Bengal Tiger Canna.
This display shows one of my favorite color combinations in the garden...
burgundy foliage contrasted with lime green or variegated foliage.
So try your hand at a little "garden scanning."
The possibilties are endless.
Oh, and one other little note... after you're done scanning your precious posies, you might need to wipe off your scanner to remove any plant debris or tiny critters that crawled in to get their picture taken, too.
Until next time...