Summer Garden Photography

Summer garden photography is enjoyable for people who love to garden, or those who prefer to be behind the camera. I attribute beautiful garden pictures to the attractive plants, flowers, and two cats that like to frolic in a garden up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Garden photography is also an inspirational way to map out the layout of a garden, and to help plan what would work best for the next summer. Looking at photographs of the same garden over the years helps to see how the same garden has evolved over time.

Sweety cat is inspecting the garden being planted in June of 2011.
Sweety cat is inspecting the garden being planted in June of 2011. | Source
Sweety is walking down the garden path and the tomatoes have just been planted.
Sweety is walking down the garden path and the tomatoes have just been planted. | Source
Sweety cat is visible next to this raised garden bed.
Sweety cat is visible next to this raised garden bed. | Source
These marigolds have just been planted in the garden.
These marigolds have just been planted in the garden. | Source
The young tomatoes are beginning to grow in the garden.
The young tomatoes are beginning to grow in the garden. | Source

One day in June of 2011, I documented the early stages of a summer garden with my camera. The plants, Annie cat, and Sweety cat are the stars of this photo essay.

The plants are growing in the container planters.
The plants are growing in the container planters. | Source
Various flowers planted in containers to keep the gophers at bay.
Various flowers planted in containers to keep the gophers at bay. | Source
A beautiful lavender color on the blooms of this plant.
A beautiful lavender color on the blooms of this plant. | Source
A terrace in the garden is formed with dirt and rocks.
A terrace in the garden is formed with dirt and rocks. | Source
Sweety cat is alluring.
Sweety cat is alluring. | Source
Shadow play in the garden.
Shadow play in the garden. | Source
The beauty of white irises in bloom.
The beauty of white irises in bloom. | Source

Meandering through the garden gives me an opportunity to gaze a the beauty of the plants and flowers. It is quite meditative as well. Photographing a garden is like visual yoga, for me it is anyway.

The marigolds are one of the first plants to be planted in these containters.
The marigolds are one of the first plants to be planted in these containters. | Source
The rosemary plant is quite larger than the tomato plants, which are still growing.
The rosemary plant is quite larger than the tomato plants, which are still growing. | Source
Another picture of the rosemary growing in the garden.
Another picture of the rosemary growing in the garden. | Source
The tomato plants are getting larger.
The tomato plants are getting larger. | Source
Tomatoes planted in the raised bed containers.
Tomatoes planted in the raised bed containers. | Source
The tomatoes are on display in the garden.
The tomatoes are on display in the garden. | Source
Sweety cat looking up.
Sweety cat looking up. | Source
Sweety cat meandering through the garden.
Sweety cat meandering through the garden. | Source
The shadows of flowers on the rock.
The shadows of flowers on the rock. | Source

Cats playing in garden are enticing to photograph, especially when they are surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.

Sweety cat is standing up on a rock.
Sweety cat is standing up on a rock. | Source
The chives are in bloom.
The chives are in bloom. | Source
The sunlight will help the tomato plants grow.
The sunlight will help the tomato plants grow. | Source
The shadows caste by the tomato plants in the garden.
The shadows caste by the tomato plants in the garden. | Source
Closeup of the tomato plants.
Closeup of the tomato plants. | Source
Annie cat is soaking up the garden sun, and dressed for the event in her tuxedo.
Annie cat is soaking up the garden sun, and dressed for the event in her tuxedo. | Source

I also enjoyed photographing the bird bath in the garden, but unfortunately no birds were around at that moment in time because Sweety cat and Annie cat were playing nearby. The birds are smart creatures and always take off when a cat shows up. Another thing I photographed were the bean plants that were beginning to grow in June of 2011 when the summer garden had just been planted.

A bird bath in the garden.
A bird bath in the garden. | Source
The bean plants are beginning to grow.
The bean plants are beginning to grow. | Source
Loose leaf lettuce growing in a container.
Loose leaf lettuce growing in a container. | Source
You can grow lettuce from seed in containers such as the one in the photograph.
You can grow lettuce from seed in containers such as the one in the photograph. | Source
Sweety cat is sitting on the garden path.
Sweety cat is sitting on the garden path. | Source
Sweety cat is admiring the plants in the garden.
Sweety cat is admiring the plants in the garden. | Source
Sweety cat is looking down at the garden path where she is lying.
Sweety cat is looking down at the garden path where she is lying. | Source
Sweety cat is tending to her paws in the garden.
Sweety cat is tending to her paws in the garden. | Source
Sweety cat is lying down in the garden, and I captured this image of her beautiful face.
Sweety cat is lying down in the garden, and I captured this image of her beautiful face. | Source
Standing up on the terraces and looking down on the garden.
Standing up on the terraces and looking down on the garden. | Source
Daisies growing in the garden.
Daisies growing in the garden. | Source
The tomato plants are getting taller in the raised container bed.
The tomato plants are getting taller in the raised container bed. | Source
A view of the garden in late June.
A view of the garden in late June. | Source

Capturing more garden scenes is something I quite enjoy doing with my camera.

The chives are in bloom.
The chives are in bloom.
Light purple chive flowers.
Light purple chive flowers.
The shadow of chive flowers on a rock in the garden.
The shadow of chive flowers on a rock in the garden.
Flowers in the garden.
Flowers in the garden.
Sweety the cat.
Sweety the cat.
Herbs in the garden.
Herbs in the garden.
A garden sceine.
A garden sceine.
A photograph of an iris.
A photograph of an iris.
The iris is light purple.
The iris is light purple.
A photograph of flowers.
A photograph of flowers.

Later in June I captured more pictures of the flowers and plants in a garden a mile high above the San Bernardino Valley. The San Bernardino Mountains is a place where there are four seasons in Southern California, and summer is the prime growing season.

The profuse color of blooming chives.
The profuse color of blooming chives. | Source
Slightly out-of-focus picture of
Slightly out-of-focus picture of | Source
Annie cat among the plants.
Annie cat among the plants. | Source
I love the white stripe on Annie's nose.  Bobby cat did not show up for this photography session, but if you read any of my other hubs, you will know her white strip is more prominent than Annie's.
I love the white stripe on Annie's nose. Bobby cat did not show up for this photography session, but if you read any of my other hubs, you will know her white strip is more prominent than Annie's. | Source
The beauty of Annie's fur in contrast to the greenery.
The beauty of Annie's fur in contrast to the greenery. | Source
A bird wind spinner in the garden.
A bird wind spinner in the garden. | Source
Sweety cat is the star of this garden show, popping up more than Annie.  She was only about ten months old around the time of this photo shoot.
Sweety cat is the star of this garden show, popping up more than Annie. She was only about ten months old around the time of this photo shoot. | Source
Closeup of the bloom chives.  I love the lavender color of the blooms.
Closeup of the bloom chives. I love the lavender color of the blooms. | Source
Sunlight on the leaves of the tomato plants.
Sunlight on the leaves of the tomato plants. | Source
The tomato plants continue to grow up in the sunlight.
The tomato plants continue to grow up in the sunlight. | Source
Many tomato plants are growing in the garden.
Many tomato plants are growing in the garden. | Source
Annie plant is sitting next to the pepper plants growing in containers.
Annie plant is sitting next to the pepper plants growing in containers. | Source

The garden can be a very inspirational place, and you can even find artwork and picture frames to remind yourself of gardening during the bleak part of winter.

Comments 14 comments

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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

SP: I enjoyed looking at all the photos but the cats are my favorite, :); The lettuce photo had me open my eyes very wide. Wow. I didn't know we could grow lettuce in containers. Very inspiring and motivating for me!


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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

Nice hub...photo hub! Love the photos and like VioletSun, love that cat the most. :) Thanks for a great time in viewing the lovely plants and landscaping as well.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi VioletSun,

My mom opting for container gardening because it keeps the gophers out. Raised beds for the tomatoes are also helpful. I am glad you enjoyed the cats, they are sweet.

Hi Dale Hyde,

I love photographing cats in the environs they frequent, so I guess that shows. Thanks for your comments!


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Marie-Grace 4 years ago from Travelling, Always

Lovely rosemary! I'm growing some now, but it's not nearly as healthy as that yet.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Marie-Grace,

I photographed this rosemary during the summer, so you are lucky if you can even grow it in winter :).


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

This is a beautiful garden and I'm green with envy. The cats add a nice touch. I hope they also help keep those gophers at bay. We have a gopher problem here on the Central Coast, too, but they were nothing compared to the ground squirrels that wiped out everything I planted but the herbs two years ago.

What are you planning to do with all those tomatoes?


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi WannaB Writer,

This is my parents garden, but I can tell you us SoCal people can never get enough tomatoes. We eat them in salsas, Mexican foods, and Italian dishes. Viva le tomato! My parents started using the containers to keep away the gophers, and alas Annie and Sweety cats are a little too docile to be very good at catching any. Thanks for the comments on the garden, I am merely the photographer. I do a bit of container gardening in my own apartment, but that is about it.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Great feelings watching those pictures. I like the picture of lettuce, simply beautiful. Vote up and beautiful.


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Marie-Grace 4 years ago from Travelling, Always

Well, it's indoors, which probably helps. :)


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks

Beautiful pictures!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

dinkan53,

I appreciate your comments. Love your elephant avatar by the way.

Marie-Grace,

Yes, growing plants indoors is a handy trick in the winter :).

Aya Katz,

Thanks, glad you liked the pictures.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is a truly beautiful hub and I am awarding that up up and away .

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Beautiful garden! I felt I was taking a walk through it while watching your wonderful pictures.

The cats enjoying this beautiful and pieceful garden, makes it all the more great to watch. Thanks for taking me 'into nature'.

Voted up, shared and away!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Eiddwen and Escobana,

Thank your lovely comments and voting my hub up :).

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