Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 10/06/2012

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

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Another day, another garden… having recovered from my BBQ episode yesterday, and with the rain holding off, despite the grey clouds we went out to another family garden that was open as part of the National Garden Scheme. As mentioned last week, the NGS is a scheme where people open their gardens to the public at certain times of the year, and with over 3700 gardens participating that gives me a lot of scope for photography. Today’s garden was part of a farm’s estate, deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, the rolling hills surrounding the property on all sides, the lush verdant hills and fields making us feel like we were a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the hurley burley of the South of England. The garden itself wasn’t your standard show garden with neatly manicured borders, and topiaried hedges though it did have these; however the majority of the space was given over to large rose bushes which had been left to grow naturally. This didn’t always make for the easiest subject to photograph, as the blooms were not always isolated from their surrounding as trimmed specimens tend to be in more formal gardens. Whilst from a photographic point of view, the formal specimens are easier to photograph, but personally, I like the more chaotic gardens which seem to reflect nature more… well, that’s my excuse for my garden anyway.


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