I have been feeling challenged as to how best to share our garden with other gardening lovers. Although I invite people to come by to see it, they are so busy with jobs family, and other obligations that finding the luxury of time to do so isn’t always possible I currently use three methods, a website at www.centraltexasgardening.info which is very general and regional in nature, this blog by the same name of Central Texas Gardening at www.centraltexasgardening.wordpress.com , which supplements the website with written articles on many gardening topics archived back to 2010. Most recently I have created a Facebook Page entitled “The Xeriphytic Yard”. In the latter method, I am able to post many photos of the garden from broad design perspective to micro-detail of that which is growing in it or nature visiting it. It would be pretty impossible to post so many garden pictures on a blog, so I encourage my blog followers who are on Facebook to visit “The Xeriphytic Yard” Facebook page and like it so you can receive notices of frequent updates. This way, I can share the joy of what I see and experience year round in our garden with you and maybe share some idea for your garden. I will continue to write gardening articles occasionally for this blog, but find blog posting to be much more cumbersome to do on a timely basis. The only problem is that some of my gardening friends are not on Facebook miss out. Bummer! For those who are, the direct address is https://www.facebook.com/centraltexasgardening/
That being said, the broader concept of sharing your garden with others through todays technology and social media, is something I encourage as everyone’s yard (syn. with garden) is unique and offers different elements of excitement. I am part of a 58 member closed Facebook group called Austin Garden Bloggers, and we share garden photos all the, while still maintaining our individual blogs. A list of those is in my website.
Our gardens change character by season and take on a unique look that is only captured during a specific time of year. I love to see photos taken by my garden network friends. It’s like a virtual extension of my own garden. This makes a camera a vital gardening tool that can and should be used year round. Just as a xeriphytic garden/landscape offers unlimited opportunity for creativity and artistry, so does photographing your garden offer a challenge to capture it in unique ways, compositions, and details.
So what is a gardener to do in between spring preparation/planting and fall maintenance/harvesting periods. Answer: Visit it daily looking for photo ops that can be stimulating and shared with others. The beauty is often in the details and the camera captures that sometimes better than the eye. Oh yes, include descriptions or narrative to go with it.
So how do you share your garden with others who can’t be there to see it personally?