Monday, January 2, 2012

Photo Finish and Prayerful Start

Inspired by a post from Pam @ Digging and Les @ A Tidewater Gardener, I took a look back over my photos from last year and decided to post some of my favorite photos from 2011.

I realize these photos are far from professional, but this is just meant to be a review of my garden as seen through my eyes and the lens of my simple Canon PowerShot camera.  Aside from maybe a little cropping here and there, the photos are just as they came out of the camera.  (I have no clue how to use Photoshop!)  

As we begin the new year, I hope you enjoy this 2011 photo review.

A January Sky

 February's white in snow and bloom

  March blooms and foliage

April's poppy and pond

May's blooms and bees


June's color in sky and earth

July's container color

August's daytime reality and nighttime beauty


September's butterfly and bloom

October's blue and bright

November's friend

December's cabbage and color

A New Year's Prayer

Happy Gardening in 2012!

Toni :-)


  1. Toni, your garden is simply amazing and you have captured it beautifully! I always find so much inspiration here and the care and love you put in to your garden is clearly evident. You give that same care to all of your blogging friends and for that I'm grateful. Thanks for being such a sweet follower of TWG during 2011. Best wishes for a blessed and joyous 2012. <3 from Austin ;)

  2. Beautiful photos. Best wishes for 2012.

  3. Your photos are so beautiful. Love your temperature gauge btw. I might have to get me one of those:)

  4. I love your anole capture and the pond vista! Lovely photos! But whew, the thermometer image makes me sweat. ;-) Happy New Year to you, Toni. Thanks for the shout-out.

  5. Toni, thanks for joining in. I really like your sky shots, which is one of my favorite subjects. I also like your March scan, it looks like a botanical print from ages ago. Happy new year to you and your family.

  6. Nice overview.

    What did you use to create the "Spring+Scan+5+3-13-11+001.jpg"?
    How many steps did that take? Nice!

    The only way that I can figure out how to do that is to cut the rest of the picture off each flower in paint shop pro, and then paste them into a new background...

  7. Your photos are always wonderful Toni!! I remember many of them! I'm looking forward to many more stunning garden ideas and witty poems! Have a great 2012!!

  8. November's friend was my favorite. I wish we had them here. Your photos are all really interesting and beautiful and it will be a pleasure to keep coming back here through the year for more. Have a Happy New Year, Toni.

  9. Lovely. I really enjoyed the look back. You have such a beautiful garden. Loved the 'little friend'! And your pond is simply gorgeous. What I love the most is the colors. March blooms, the orange and purple of June, (I love orange and purple together), even the beautiful mix of colors in the cabbage. Very nice. Happy New Year!

  10. Wonderful look-back on the year!
    Really lovely photos every one of them.
    Looking back through them again, I think my favorites are the Garden Angel and the Pond.
    I am also using a Canon PowerShot - great little camera!

  11. Well, I think you photos are really good. Simply lovely. I enjoyed the hellebores especially.~~Dee

  12. so so so beautiful!!! When I was redesigning my garden this past fall, I definitely had yours in mind! When I was imagining my TRex garden on my current post, I almost linked to your blog, oh garden master! !LOVE your pond!! I think your iris is the same iris I have. I love the grass with the vinca. Both are going in my garden this year. :o)

  13. Lovely pictures! Love that lizard!

  14. Amazing, Toni! Your photography is beautiful, and your garden must be incredible. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

  15. Toni, all of these photos are wonderful! Thanks for a look back at your garden year. April's pond is one of my favorites! Happy gardening, 2012!

  16. Poppies! (he said with the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West echoing in his head)....Poppies!

  17. Hi Toni, Professional or not, there are some nice shots here. I love the pond, the poppy and the winter shot, but my favourite are your scans. I just love them!!

  18. Happy New Year to you as well...beautiful post, so glad you shared your garden's progress throughout the year! Happy Gardening.