garden photography: orange peel

Welcome to the first month of the Garden Photo Challenge. This challenge is designed to challenge ourselves with the type of photos we take in and around a garden, to focus on things we might not notice, to consider different angles and to take time to frame and compose an image so that every photo is one you will want to keep. Many of the monthly themes are quite broad, leaving the subject up to you, the photographer. I may offer some suggestions, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow them. I think that digital photography has made me lazy, I click at everything and then end up with hundreds of photos that never see the light of day again. I mean who really needs fifty shots of the same leaf? No, this year I intend to slow down, take less, but create more and I hope that some of you will join me. You can use images from the archives (I have with some of mine for January), but if possible I will try to take new ones as the year progresses, if only to improve my techniques. Anyway, enough waffle, let’s get on with the challenge…

In January I’m looking for a Winter Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about winter gardens. You can interpret this any way you want; a garden in winter, winter flowers, or plants in a glasshouse)

January can be a dim moment before the snowdrops get going. In the dark days of winter, the scented flowers of witch hazel are utterly beguiling. ‘Orange Peel’ is an early variety, which smells of marmalade.


Hamamelis is better known as witch hazel. E A Bowles, the famous early 20th-century gardener, called it the Epiphany tree because that is when it is usually out (i.e. January 6), with flowers of gold and scent of frankincense.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it JanuaryWinter Gardens
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in February.
  • And please visit the sites linked in the comments to see what others are posting. I won’t be doing a ‘pick of the week’ as I did with the bench challenge as it can become quite time consuming and I have a feeling that this year is going to be a busy one for me!

123 thoughts on “garden photography: orange peel

  1. I like this challenge a lot, Jude. I really do love winter gardens, but often don’t think of going out and taking pictures because everything is so brown and frosty and dead (or I should say rejuvenating!). This will get me off my behind to visit some gardens. I just got a new camera too, which I need to try out soon!

      • Haha… when I read orange marmalade I always fancy some toast! Thanks Cathy, maybe you’ll find something to link in once you are less busy? 🙂

        • Haha, Jude, I guess I made the leap from Orange Peel to Orange marmalade. You can tell I have a craving for something sweet!! 🙂 I will try to find something to link to this. My goal is to get out this week. I’m so far behind in blogging, I’m still posting things from Myanmar almost a year ago. And then there are all the things I’ve done since Thanksgiving. Oh dear. I am finishing up a real estate licensing class at the end of January, so maybe I’ll have more time after that!

        • Sounds fun – you going to be selling houses then? I have always fancied that (because I’m nosy and love to look around other people’s houses).

        • I’m going to try. But it’s very competitive here in Northern Virginia and I’m not much of a salesperson, but like you, I do love houses and poking around. The reading for the class is really boring, mostly legalese, and I think the test will be difficult. We’ll see how it goes! I need to be home for a while to oversee our big home renovation, and I thought it might be fun to try something new since I can’t really go abroad right now. And I really don’t want to teach ESL here in the USA. It doesn’t pay and offers no benefits of travel!

        • Mmm… I once attempted a course in Law, only a GCSE course, but it bored me to death. Endless copying of tedious notes and all I could think was why doesn’t the lecturer photocopy these and hand them out! Maybe it was just a bad lecturer, but I could have done as well with a book.

    • New camera? Which one have you gone for? I dithered for years…. 🙂

      And you do have some fabulous gardens in your area. And I haven’t even asked you about your own!

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    • It works fine Vicky, but I have to approve pingbacks and have only just come back on to the computer! Thank you for the link. I shall come over and visit your garden shortly 🙂

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