Project 52 Photo Challenge : In the Garden (10/52)

OK, so I realize I skipped another Project 52 week, but I think I have a good excuse — moving into a brand new house! (Well, not exactly brand new — it was built in 1916…) Bruce and Maddie are super excited to have some new territory to roam, and I’ll be posting some more photos of the new digs soon, but this week’s theme, In The Garden, gave me a perfect opportunity to take the pups outside and get some shots of the landscaping…

The back corner of my yard has a nice shaded area with a Japanese Maple, liriope (er, in Texas we call it Monkey Grass), ivy, and a stone bench, perfect for hanging out and bird-watching. I plopped Maddie in the middle of it where she gave me her best lawn gnome impression…

With that out of the way, I grabbed a few shots of the surrounding landscaping. Since Spring lasts about a week in Texas, most of the spring flowers have already come and gone (like the row of Dutch Irises lining the driveway), but the Mulberry tree and the Azaleas are out in full force. I used to eat Mulberries right off the tree when I was a little kid, but after we moved away when I was 9, I was left Mulberry-less until now! If you’re unfamiliar, they taste like slightly tart blackberries when they’re ripe, and they make great jams and pies. And yes, you can eat them right off the tree (I learned that by doing it when I was a kid and not dying. The Darwin Theory at its finest hour).

I also met a friend, hanging out by the AC units on the side of the patio. I’ve dubbed him Mike the toad.

And finally, a shot of the newly-planted babies in the front urns on the porch. Trailing Verbena and Salvia (Blue Sage).

Impromptu garden tour complete!

Now, let’s see what the next photographer in the ring, Karen Weiler, has in store for us!

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Stacey Axelrod - Looks like a beautiful garden and congrats on the new home! I also enjoyed eating mulberries when I was younger and can’t wait to find some this summer!May 13, 2011 – 2:33 pm

Dana - Wow your new garden looks amazing! Love Maddie the Garden Gnome :) So cute!May 13, 2011 – 10:33 pm

Nat - Love that garden! looks so lush and beautiful and the garden gnome had me laughing for hours hahaha! beautiful photos :)May 15, 2011 – 12:52 pm

Modern New Jersey Pet Photography by Stacey Axelrod | Wackydog Pet Photography - [...] head over to Studio Fetch to see Dallas, TX, photographer Claire Baxter’s garden photo. ┬áDon’t forget to check [...] May 13, 2011 – 3:44 am

Project 52 Photo Challenge : Wild Sightings (33/52) » the fetch. blog // Dallas Modern Dog Photography - [...] without any further suspense, this is Sergio (not to be confused with Mike, my other toad friend who made his blog debut this spring). He hangs out on my patio most evenings, [...]October 21, 2011 – 3:09 am

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