Sunday, November 7, 2010

Garden Scanning Meets Arcimboldo!

Hi Everyone!

I've been hovering over the scanner again this month.   

Inspired by a comment on my
Garden Scans for October 
post, I thought I'd try my hand at a little "Arcimboldo-esk"
    garden scanning.    

I'd like you to meet my latest creation.

I think I'll call him... Mr. Cosmos Punkinhead!

 Mr. Punkinhead is made with a head of Cosmos, eyes of chrysanthemums, nose of pepper, mouth of Hyacinth Bean pod, ears of Strawberry Begonia, neck and arms of a dried Salvia coccinea stem, and hands of 'Sango Kaku' Japanese Maple leaves.

  Ever since I read about the "Picture This Photo Contest" hosted by Gardening Gone Wild,  I've been hooked on scanning the garden!   

Here are my more "reserved" scans for this month.  


Here's a sampling of the Ligulairas (a/k/a Farfugium) I have growing in my shade garden.   Yellow blooms stand tall above the foliage in late October, early November.   
Just an added bonus!   

This is a great substitute for those of us with hosta envy.  Hostas don't do well in our Texas heat.  And if they survive the heat, the slugs and snails chew them to smitherines!

"Look, ma, no holes in my leaves!"  Yea!!

The Knock Out Rose (Rosa 'Radrazz')

I have to admit that I am (was) not much of a rose fan, until 
The Knock Out Rose came on the scene.
(My apologies to Professor Roush, 
the Anti-Knockout Cultivarist of Garden Musings)
I prefer the original single bloom variety designated as an Earth-Kind Rose.   

 Chrysanthemums and Ligularia blooms

This is the Chrysanthemum I call my "Aggie Mum."  (Whoop!) 
It was given to me by my neighbor years ago, who has since passed away, so it is a special plant in my garden.  

The nickname comes from the fact that my husband is an Aggie, and Texas A&M's school color  is...maroon
(Gig 'em!) 

 American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

This is a large deciduous shrub in my shade garden 
loaded down with a snack for the birds.

 Chrysanthemum and Coleus

I just love the way the "Aggie Mums"  combine with the maroon fringes and veins of the Coleus.

And finally... 
a fall arrangement of Cosmos, Mexican Mint Marigold, 
Salvia Greggii, and Chrysanthemum 

For a look at previous scans and instructions on how you can create your own works of art, click here 

If you've created a scanning masterpiece, please leave me a comment with a link to your scans.  
I'd love to see what you've come up with! 

Until next time...
Happy Scanning

Toni :-)


  1. Toni, I love these scanner photo creations. I always vowed I was going to try to do some but never got around to it. I love yours, how creative! Next summer I will definitely give it a try, the chrysanthemums and the ligularia blooms are stunning.

  2. I like Cosmos Pumpkinhead the best. He looks so darn happy. The others are really beautiful. I loved scanned images, they make such nice wall art.

  3. Beautiful work! I love the Cosmos Punkinhead. One can't help but smile! Well done!

  4. Well done Toni....but the Knockout stands out as a little "plain" amongst your other creations. Why am I not surprised :)

  5. @Karen: I would say why wait till summer, but you're probably too busy slugging more rocks around, or it is already winter in the Great White North!

    @gardenwalk & @Karin: Cosmos Punkinhead made me smile while creating him :-) Silliness, I know, but all work and no play makes for a dull gardener...and one with a gimpy arm, I might add. Ha!

    @Prof Roush: (insert big sigh) I guess there is just no changing your mind on the attributes of the Knock Out. May I draw your attention to the fact that there is not one single speck of black spot on the leaves achieved without so much as a drop of chemical? I know that does not override the lack of fragrance in your book, but to each his own. We shall have to agree to disagree :-)

  6. Toni, What a great avatar for you! I have to say I love the simplicity of the American Beautyberry! They are gorgeous!

  7. So creative! I love Mr. Cosmos Punkinhead! I will have to bring the blooms to my scanner soon....

  8. @Cat: I agree on the Beautyberry. I love it near Turk's Cap -- makes a nice combo.

    @Floridagirl: Yes, do try scanning. And then send me your link. I really would love to see what you come up with. It's a lot of fun :-)

  9. Boy, that looks like fun - I love your combinations - cute, sweet and funny!

  10. "Dear Webmaster,
    I was reading and I noticed the link to Earth-Kind wasn't working but I have found it at if you want to update it for your readers.
    Kind regards
    Nizam Uddin"

    1. Thank you for letting me know!! The link in the post has been updated!! I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. Thank you for visiting :-)