Recent Awards

I am pleased to share the good news – and exciting news for me! – that two of my photographs have recently received awards. My photograph  Four Poppies  was awarded a First Place and Single Poppy was awarded a Second Place in the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs annual Photography contest. Here are the prize winning photographs:

Four Poppies
Four Poppies
Single Poppy
Single Poppy

I am very pleased to be able to add these awards to the ribbon I was awarded by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at the Boston Flower and Garden Show last year for my allium closeup  Spring Awakening  (see ofgardens March 22, 2012).  I will be sure to put these images front and center at the exhibition of my photographs which I have been asked to mount at the annual dinner of The New England Landscape Design and History Association this Friday.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoy taking them and sharing them.

Spring Awakenings
Spring Awakenings

19 thoughts on “Recent Awards

  1. What lovely photographs. I am amazed that poppies grow in Nova Scotia! I had always believed the climate there was cold and rainy in the summer and foggy and snowy the rest of the year – maybe you found a microclimate for poppies. Also, I see your cover photograph is of a war memorial garden and I am vaguely aware that poppies are associated with the First World War and wonder if the connection explains your interest in them? Anyway, great photos and please keep posting such interesting things.


    1. I have often wondered if my fondness for poppies stems from my interest in WW I. Of course, the poppies I grow in my garden are Oriental poppies, not the papaver rhoeas that grow in Flanders, but probably only nitpicking gardeners make this distinction. I for one have never seen a poppy I didn’t like.


  2. What a surprise to see you had entered a contest in Nova Scotia! Congratulations on the lovely photos. As for Fred (comment above) I am surprised at his amazement about our Nova Scotia climate, which is not unlike that of New England; our temperatures are moderated by the effects of the Gulf Stream. Poppies grow in my garden without any trouble. In summer it is actually hot enough to enjoy swimming and we need to wear sunscreen to ward off sun damage to our skin! The poppy connection relates mostly to a poignant poem (“In Flanders Fields”) written by a young Canadian soldier who died in Belgium just before the end of WW I. It has become a symbol of remembrance ever since.


    1. Jo11anne…thank you for your congratulations. I am of course thrilled! I know the poem “In Flanders Field”, of course. I try to read as much literature from the WWI period as I can. Believe it or not, there is quite a lot of literature. The poems are haunting.


  3. Congratulations on your photography awards. I love the poppy images! Thanks also for your visits to my blog; I apologize for being so late to return the favor. Having finally gotten here, I am enjoying your blog very much. I do “Garden Blogs of the Month” feature on my blog where I review and recommend recently discovered blogs that I think my readers would enjoy. Your blog is one of three that I am highlighting this month. My post reviewing your blog just went up, and your blog will be featured on my sidebar throughout the month.


  4. Absolutely love allium photo – any possibility of merchandise with these photos on them? Would love to buy a mousepad for work


  5. The comment above regarding poppies encouraged me to look up the referenced poem, which is sad but quite wonderful, and I suppose there are many poppies planted in Nova Scotia in memory of the fallen. I wonder if people called their cats/dogs/other pets “Poppy” too? Anyway here is the poem:

    Canada in the First World War and the Road to Vimy Ridge
    In Flanders Fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    – John McCrae


    1. I know the poem. Canadians rightly claim John McCrae, but the Scottish do to. I once visited a McCrae castle somewhere in the Highlands and they claimed him, although he had never been there he was some distant relative. Poignant poem.


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