As the colors in our gardens begin to fade, we know we can turn to Instagram to get an eyeful of beautiful blooms. One of our favorite “grammers” is the lovely Stacy Bass, garden photographer extraordinaire, and her #floweroftheday #365dayproject gives us a daily dose of pretty petals. Fortunately, Stacy’s on day 75 of 365 so we know we’ll have enough colorful corollas to last us through the winter.
Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)
They say that if you take a picture a day, not only do you become a better photographer, but you also see the world in a different light and pay more attention to the details. If you’re not necessarily the creative type, taking a picture every day may even take you out of your comfort zone with surprising results.
While we’re not ready to tackle a 365 Project ourselves, we’re glad that others have (including our blogging bestie Jeanne from I Dream Of who is painting a daily sketch) and are posting their pictures for all of us to enjoy.
Who wouldn’t want to spend time
procrastinating looking at these lovelies?
It’s the first Monday in May – what mood are you in?
Morning Has Broken
The beginning of something… May the dawning of each new day be celebrated in the same manner it is being presented to you.
P.S. The winner of our Gardens at First Light book giveaway is Rosalie Rempel!
Gardens at First Light
One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm. On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light. That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader! We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.
The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!) Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast. The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!
Astilbe and Hydrangea
Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work. Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom! All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.
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