Gardening Gone Wild has graciously invited us to another photo contest, and I really could not resist this months theme "The Intent of the Gardener." I had hoped it would be easy, I'd just snap a few pictures that say "inviting", "California", "beautiful", that kind of thing. But now I'm far away from home, looking at the photos I made before I left, and, mmh, each one has a little flaw.
This photo shows off the grasses beautifully, but there's no color.
And this photo with Eriogonom arborescens (Santa Cruz island buckwheat) should have showcased my "California Native Garden" sign, but somehow the delicate writing doesn't provide enough contrast in the photo. And the delicate Triteleia (a native bulb) in the foreground disappear in the noise of the foilage.
This photo is my second choice. It shows off the grasses nicely, the path to the stone patio and chair looks inviting, and I like the framing by the Lepechina fragans (pitcher sage). But again, no color.
So, I picked the photo of the back garden with the hammock, the first photo in the set. The hammock is inviting, and Monardella villosa (coyote mint) adds a welcome splash of color, framed by Festuca Californica in the foreground. And now, do check out everyone else's photos here.