Free standing pergola over gravel patio with intimate dining area in Minnesota summer garden

Summer should bring languid times enjoying the high summer peak of the garden.  If we don’t actually take time to enjoy the beauty of a summer perennial border, we garden for naught.

It is the peak of perennial season in the much of the country, and this Minnesota garden is full of the native flowers that make American gardens special.  Looking through this pergola we see a border in full bloom.

Purple cone flowers are a photographer’s dream – stately, sturdy, and sumptuous to look at.  They grabbed my eye looking through this pergola, matched with Monarda; and the structure gave me a perfect framing tool.

View of summer perennial border garden with Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea), Bee Balm (Monarda), and Sedum seen through iron gates,  Willenberg garden
View of summer perennial border garden with Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea), Bee Balm (Monarda), and Sedum seen through iron gates, Willenberg garden

Looking through the opening to the border gives a sense of intimacy, as if you are relaxing inside enjoying the view.  I want to be there.  I am – even though some call this work…

Photographers always look for ways to frame a composition, and Framing is lesson one in the second ebook, Think Like A Camera; and is available as its own little iBook for $1.99.

Photobotanic Garden Photography Workshop - Book 2.1 - Think Lika a Camera - iBook cover

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