I'm not a religious person by nature. I commune with the Earth and all she gives us in the form of food and beauty. As such, I try each Sunday to take a photo of the perennial bed regardless of the weather. I'll admit, it's not something I do religiously. Sometimes I take the photos on Saturday. Sometimes I take them on Monday. And other times I take them when I happen to have the camera in my hand. But one thing never changes. That's the location I take my photos from.
In the street in front of the house, there is a manhole cover that I guess leads to the sewer or storm drains. I can sometimes hear water running, and in winter there will often be steam rising from the cover. But that's my spot for taking my photo. I also use the birdbath to center the photo. So far, the consistency I'd like to have is spotty at best.
When I purchased the house, I took a lot of photos both inside and out. I wish I had done more and from other angles. But it's too late to worry about that now. Let's start with a little history of the perennial bed.
After removing all the ill placed shrubs and trees, I had a blank slate.
The pool came out in the summer of 2008. It served no purpose except to breed mosquitos. I began laying out the beds using the lasagna bed method.
By late September, the design was complete. Over the winter, I added stones around the edge of the beds and built an arbor.
The remaining photos are taken about a week apart. Now that spring is coming, bigger changes should be noticeable from week to week. The first photo was taken in early December 2008.
And finally, today's picture. Big difference from Monday when the picture above was taken.
I'll continue to add to this post each Sunday. I have placed a link on the sidebar as well. I can't wait to see the progression this December when I will have a whole year of photos.
March 15, 2009 - rain, 41 degrees.
March 22, 2009 - sunny, 61 degrees.
March 29, 2009 - sunny, 63 degrees.
April 5, 2009 - sunny 70 degrees.
April 12, 2009 - Easter Sunday - sunny and 63 degrees.
April 19, 2009 - cloudy and 66 degrees. Rain in the forecast for this afternoon.
April 26, 2009 - sunny and 75 degrees. High of 90 in the forecast.
May 3, 2009 - See the Perennial Bed
May 10, 2009 - Sunny and 75 degrees. 84 just a couple hours south near Cheraw.
May 18, 2009 - Sunny, cool. 60 degrees.
May 24, 2009 - Rainy and 75 degrees.