Garden Variety



A little garden stroll and the wonders of photo editing and I have more variety in my garden~



My peonies have finished blooming. . .I used Picasa’s soft focus & warmify effects, to create a new & dreamy flower image that I can enjoy, despite the fact that I can no longer enjoy their heady fragrance~




I’m easily entertained  experimenting . . .





My magnolia is just beginning to blossom ~





More peonies, using saturation, focal black & white, soft focus, warmify & sharpening ~




 The first hydrangea blooms~




Roses that are past their peak, look more romantic & less shabby, with all signs of black spot eliminated :-)




 My Oakleaf Hydrangea with soft focus, warmify, sepia, focal black & white~




Wishing you lots of garden variety~



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  41 comments for “Garden Variety

  1. May 15, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Ah, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I must get peonies in my new garden as they are my favorite.

  2. May 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Your images are just beautiful! Your post inspires me to go outside to take some photos of whatever is blooming in my yard.

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Your flowers are beautiful Mary, love all of the special effects too:@)

  4. May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I am going to have to try experimanting in Picassa!!! Didn’t know I could do all this! Thanks! XO, Pinky

  5. May 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I love peonies and can’t grow them here. Yours were lovely, along with the magnolia, hydranaga and petunias . I enjoyed your effects1 Have a wonderful week.

  6. Carolyn
    May 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Beautiful flowers making beautiful memories! Photography techniques have come a long way since my little Brownie Hawkeye. Thanks for sharing. Carolyn, NC

  7. May 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Mary, sad to think that the peonies are now past blooming. Can’t grow them here, so I have to buy my bouquets at the flower shop. Your images are gorgeous. Fun to play around with different effects. ~ Sarah
    Moon vine is new to me, but I’m going to look for it. My angel trumpet didn’t survive the winter, and I want to get another if I can find one.

  8. May 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    You have quite a lovely garden. Love the pristine nature of that magnolia. It’s neat to see what the photo techniques can do. It’s always great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  9. May 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    What fun! I have a new camera that allows me to do all kinds of art settings, and I have been having so much fun with it. Lucky you having peonies blooming. None of those in Houston but by the time we get to Maine, they should be about ready to open, and there are lots on our hillside. Can’t wait!

  10. Pondside
    May 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    No peonies here, yet, as it’s still cold and damp. I had peonies, but the deer ate them. Now that we have deer fencing I will try again!

  11. May 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I am also missing my peonies. Nice mosaic!

  12. May 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Oh how beautiful!

  13. May 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Your mosaics with the 4 interpretations of an image are awesome. What an interesting concept. I would like to give it a try one week. Your captures are beautiful. Hope you have a nice week and lots of opportunities for taking great photos.

  14. May 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Yours flowers are breathtaking! Don’t you love photography software apps? I have Picasa, but I didn’t know all these things were available. The peony pics were definitely my favorite, but the hydrangeas and roses are beautiful as well. I keep meaning to get some peony plants for our yard as they are one of my favorite old-fashioned flowers. Thanks for sharing!


  15. Be
    May 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I always look forward to your beautiful photography…love all the mosaics today!!! Oakleaf hydrangea is my favorite!!!
    Have a beautiful week!!!

  16. May 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    What fun you must have had playing with these wonderful photos! You peonies are just beautiful!!! Wishing you a grand week! Cathy

  17. May 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I love Mosaic Mondays this time of year because everyone has such lovely flower photos… ^_^

  18. Vee
    May 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Oh it’s fun to play with the mosaics and the photo programs. Your mosaic is lovely! (Your blossoms are way ahead of mine.)

  19. May 16, 2011 at 1:36 am

    What a beautiful bunch of flower pictures!! Picasa is really great for photo editing…I use it all the time too…as you said…easily entertained!!

    The one thing that I truly enjoyed about our travels around the south were all of the gorgeous flowers that we saw! Then we came home, and things are finally starting to bloom…but it has been raining, raining, raining!!

  20. May 16, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Fantastic mosaics. I espec. like the mosaic with peonies and hydrangeas.
    The photos of the magnolia is wonderful. Have a nice week.

  21. May 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

    *deep inhale* I think I can almost smell them!! Beautiful photos of one of my most favorite flowers. I have lots of buds but none are open yet…soon!

    Have you ever tried to cut them early, before they open & wrapping them in newspaper, then storing in the refrigerator? They last a long time & you just give a fresh cut to the dried cut ends & put them in water to continue the opening process. Mine lasted several months last year. I’m about to do some again this year. The buds have to be just ready to pop open …feels like a soft marshmallow.

  22. May 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Lovely flowers. I have filled several vases with peonies, I’ve only grown them for a few years and I think they are becoming my favorite.

  23. May 18, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Those photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

  24. May 18, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Beautiful Peonies…. Would love to grow them myself in our garden. Thats quite an impressive assortment of flowers you have captured n shared.

  25. May 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    i never do any photo editing ( i am too lazy and tired) but yours looks wonderful! i love those peonies and roses, just gorgeous!

  26. May 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    and you do flowers as well as tables? who knew! and hyrdangeas already blooming, shocking! all so pretty and heady my senses are swirling!

  27. May 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    They are all so beautiful! It would be hard to pick the prettiest posy! Great job with your edited blooms too!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  28. May 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I can spend hours fiddling with photoshop…it’s addicting…

  29. May 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful photos! :)

  30. May 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, be still my heart. I adore peonies. I still yearn for those frivolous and delicious blossoms from my many years in Ohio.

    It was fun to see this photo manipulation. Is there anything more perfect in nature than a flower in perfect bloom?

    What an excellent and elegant link to Alphabe-Thursday.

    Thank you for linking.


  31. May 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    L enjoy seeing what other people do with their photo editing. Very cool. :)

  32. May 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Lovely, just lovely flowers posted this week on your blog. See you next week.
    Joyce M

  33. May 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Well, it’s too late for me now! I shouldn’t have come here because now I am hooked and know full well what I will be doing while Rod is away for a few days!
    p.s. Peonies are my favorites!!!!!

  34. May 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    my peonies aren’t open yet
    but i’m gonna be sure and
    try these super effects on
    some pictures when they do.
    thanks for the ideas!!!

  35. May 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful! I think the peonies are my favorite!

  36. JDaniel4's Mom
    May 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I loved viewing your experiment. The flowers are lovely.

  37. May 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’m very impressed with your editing. I do not edit. Don’t know how. I might have to figure it out someday. Your pictures look so nice the way you’ve edited.

  38. May 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful! We were on the same wavelength this week for the letter “E” Mary:)

  39. Lola
    May 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Hi again!

    Great ‘E’ post! Happy Alphabe-Thursday!

    Have a great weekend ahead,


    Btw Alphabe-Thursday

  40. Pondside
    May 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Well, that was fun!

  41. May 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Just wonderful! It really looks like fun to experiment with this. Good thing that I don’t know how to do it or I’d never get off of the computer!
    I’ll just have to stick to painting so that I don’t hog computer time in my family!

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