Edit 1st January 2017: The Garden Challenge ran through 2016 and is now finished. I thank all those who participated during the year.


The theme will change on the first Sunday of each month. You are invited to join in by posting one or more of your own photographs within the month that fit into the theme and either add a link (ping-back) in your post to mine or link to it via a comment on my post.

To make it easier to find everyone’s posts, perhaps you could add the Tag #GardenChallenge

You don’t have to post on the first Sunday, any day in the month will do and if you have loads of images that fit into a theme then feel free to post several times during the month or create a gallery or whatever suits you best. The amount of photos and detail you post is entirely up to you.

You might like to have a look at the following list as opportunities for capturing some themes may arise in your area before the appropriate month for posting.


A Winter Garden
– you can interpret this in any way you want; a garden in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb in the northern hemisphere) (June, July, Aug in the southern hemisphere), winter flowers, a glasshouse or Winter Garden or even plants inside a glasshouse.

Monochrome – grey-scale or black and white or tones of one colour. A monochromatic object or image reflects colours in shades of limited colours or hues. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.

Wild life in the garden – insects, birds, rabbits, hedgehog, snake (!) whatever you can find in your neighbourhood. This includes public spaces and national parks, but not zoos or wildlife parks.

Macro photography or close-ups of anything you’d find in a garden

Wild flowers – this can be at the side of the road, a meadow, a wild flower garden, a single flower.

The Essence of Summer – what does summer mean to you?

The edible garden – an allotment, herb gardens, a tomato plant, a rice terrace in China, a field of corn; you decide

Garden or Flower Show – local, national or maybe even a small garden open for charity

Flower portraiture – capturing the beauty of a single bloom

A beautiful garden – share with us what is special about your favourite garden

Trees, woods, forests, fungi

Urban spaces – a town square, a flower tub, a hanging basket, a floral clock

If you select Garden Photography from the Challenges Menu  you will be able to look through all my entries.

I look forward to seeing where YOUR posts take me…