- To enhance my post-season memory, as I while away winter in front of catalogs, wish lists and sketches of new garden plans.
- To spot stuff that looks especially good, or incredibly bad, is easier with a snapshot.
- To fill gaps in the Bloom Calendar when I just don’t make it out there to log the week’s action.
- To keep a visual record of how things grow in general, as the summer flies by and some of the best garden moments last but a minute.
- To practice my horrid photography skills.
One of the rules I inflict on myself is that the garden gets shot as is. Meaning, that if the hose is out, it stays out. Wheelbarrow in the middle of the lawn, huge weed popping up through the catmint, dead leaves that should be trimmed, piles left on the lawn all stay and are recorded for posterity. These pictures aren’t for a magazine they’re for me, and I know that my garden is in “work mode” 80% of the time. If tidying up had to come before picture day, that day might never come. In the past 3 seasons I have increased the amount of photos taken by the hundreds, and they are one of the most valuable garden tools I use.