Framed Not Cut

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Can't cut these parrot tulips as I like them too much in the garden so here is just to share what is not cut.

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london England, United Kingdom

Great idea Candee!
The tulip looks really good captured in the frame. I'm inspired to try something like this, Thankyou.
I'm sure we are all going to feel the same about some of our flowers in the garden. Most of the time there isn't enough in bloom at the same time for arrangements! Then we can't bring ourselves to cut them. LoL!!!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

It is hard to decide whether to cut or not when there are few of one species. I have a wealth of different varieties, but no masses so am a bit selective when it comes to cutting LOL!

london England, United Kingdom

I have some miniature roses in pots, here they are framed with forget me nots!

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(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN(Zone 7a)

Haighr, You take such pretty photos! Think I could learn to use a digital camera? I'm serious, what is a cheap[ha] simple one to get?
Doe

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

thank you Doe.
Of course you can, I just point and shoot nothing fancy, the camera I have is way too advanced for my skill level, but does a great job - it is an Olympus and I have had several.
I would suggest you post a question on the camera thread and you will get lots of ideas if you give your price range and note this is a new venue for you and you want to start simple.

london England, United Kingdom

A vase placed amongst the flowers, framed, not cut!

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london England, United Kingdom

Framed, not cut.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Oh, I like that - again that is so you-nique! Are they petals glued to something? That first photo really looks like the flowers are coming out of the vase perfectly arranged of course.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

This is not the tallest lily, but getting close to the tallest. Can't ever bring myself to snip these and hard to decide what to do with them other than just photograph.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

One more as I think this one is quite pretty myself!

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london England, United Kingdom

Thanks Candee, I was giving a makeover to a clear vase, the dried petals are stuck on the outside with double sided tape.

Your photography is WOW! I love the pictures and the way you framed them, is just fabulous.

I wonder if Adele has seen these? with her new camera and creative ideas..........

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Clever tape idea. thanks for your compliments - I love playing around with the photos, just never seem to have enough time.

(Zone 6a)

Thanks for pointing me over here Candee, so for I have that rose pic I posted on the other thread framed on the dresser. Thats all I've done so far with my own art around the house. Would love to see your pictures!

Steven

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Candee, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Framing those innocent flowers ... LOL but at least by not cutting them they got "life" instead of the death sentence.

Love your photoshop work!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

LOL you guys, here is my recent passiflora using masks and believe me this is a real trial and tribulation!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Zany you are too funny and Steven please bring your poseys over here and we shall continue. Not much to do with the flowers in the winter other than over winter here if you know what I mean?

Will be happy to take some photos of the photos I have around the house soon as I get a chance, keep this thread going to remind me as I already forgot and left my good camera at the cabin and had to use the old one to produce the above.

We are gonna have such fun you guys this winter, and Zany know you don't have winter but please stay with us, we need all the help we can get LOL ^_^

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

OOOOH! The Pasiflora is devine...but the mask makes me suspect that the Devine may be guilty of the crimes the others were framed for...

Candee, we have winter...it just isn't as severe as yours ;~)

london England, United Kingdom

Beautiful details and colours Candee. Well done!! and Thanks for sharing.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Nothing devine about this Zany, just fooling round with the masks and tryin to figure them out and it is rocket science no matter what anybody says. Ther is so much to learn and so little time. So what is your winter like there Zany, spent one winter out in CA and was mild compared to ours but it is a big area are you in the mts? or lucky you by the beach? So where the heck are you friend?

Thanks Terri, always love to have your comments and know you got my back door on design. Just beginning to bloom in my ideas!

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

I am in the coastal mountains of the far northern part of the state. We get wet winters with the occassional heavy frost and every few years we get snow that doesn't usually last more than a few hours before it melts. But the mountains around us stay snowy for longer and look lovely without having to shovel the stuff.

Well, I still think the Passi looks devine! Playing with photo's is a lot of fun and I usually spend a lot of time at it in the winter months.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I see, so do you have to bring much indoors this time of year Zany? I will spend a fair amount of evenings on the puter playing with photos this winter as well. We close the cabin after hunting season for a few months and spend each weekend at home for some R&R.

(Zone 6a)

Nice Passie Candee! I left my passies outside this year, I started them last spring(feb 07) and haven't had as much as 1 flower, not even a dropped flower bud :( so they get to get frosted this year.

here I have a Clarkia before and after........

..........before........

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(Zone 6a)

and here is after.......it's now made of solid gold.

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Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Steven, that Clarkia is lovely. I don't think I had ever heard of it before. Now I'm going to have to check it out!

Most things do well here just being cut back in the fall. Anything that doesn't is usually treated by me as an annual. I am a lazy gardener and don't have the energy to take things in and out seasonally. My biggest challange in the winter is having time to mow the grass when it dries out between storms. That usually happens when I am at work and it starts raining again just before I can get out there.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Well that makes 2 of us cause I never heard of clarkia either, it is beautiful in both photos. How did you do the gold, did you use a layer or mask or what? You may want to come join in our Photo editing thread in photos Steven, we have learned and taught each other a lot.
We are on thread 14 and there is a wealth of information on the previous 13.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/908336/

Zany, I know what you mean, I mow at home on Thursdays and then mow at the cabin on Fridays. Last weekend was the first I could mow at the cabin for 3 weeks and it was a nightmare.

(Zone 6a)

Thanks Zany and Candee, I used to not mind bringing plants in and out every year......but this year I scaled back a bit. I'm sick of dealing with white flies and spidermites ect. They're such a pain and make we want to toss everything out into the snow.........which I have done before.

Clarkia is a super easy cool weather annual. Just sow it spring or maybe fall for Zany(?). I've winter sowed it a couple times with good success, it's easy to grow like annual poppies.

As for how I made the picture.........uhh......it was a while ago......but what I remember is I started with 2 layers. One layer for Background and another for the Flower. On the Flower layer, I erase the background so I'm left with just the flower. Then I used a chrome effect on the Flower. Then I made a third layer to tint the chrome gold. It was something like that anyways and I used a variety of effects on the Background layer too. Hope I didn't confuse anyone too much.................... :)

I'll pop over later and check out the photo editing thread :)
Steven

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Steven, that is a technique I have played with a lot. Isn't it fun!

Candee, do you create your own masks or are they included in your software program?

(Zone 6a)

It is pretty fun, it's the only type of mask I use really.........I never got a hang of the ones that were included.....

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Well, I got curious about masks and did some research. It appears that I have been playing with them for years now and just didn't know they had a name.

LOL sometimes the terminology is trickier than the process!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I made my own in the one above least the passi on top is a mask I made the frame was a stock mask. I don't have much trouble with spidermites Steven, had them on my jasmine one year and after a few trials of spraying with alcohol, I finally got a systemic treatment and haven't had a problem since. Thanks for the info on the photo, I get the idea.

london England, United Kingdom

Love clarkia! Forgot to sow it this year!!!

Like how you changed it to solid gold Steven.

(Zone 6a)

Thanks Terri!

Candee, what systemic treatment did you use? Sometimes I just put the plants in the shower and wash the mite off, they seem to dislike humidity..........but lugging your wet plants in and out of the shower is a bit of a pain.

Zany, I agree! I love googling for tutorials.

Steven

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Steven it is something called Bonide, prevents from aphids, scale, spider mites and other listed insects.
Systemic houseplant insect control contains 1% di-syston
Got it from my local nursery has a purple lid and is a crystal substance that you put on the soil.

(Zone 6a)

Hmm, thanks. I'm going to check it out and see if it's in Canada.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

let me know Steven if not available perhaps I can get you a container and send it to you, no bigger than a pill bottle, let me know!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Steven here is a bit of framed flowers in our breezeway.
This is quince and spirea framed.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Here is a tulip arrangement that I cropped and framed.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

And here is a wall with several, tulips, cleome, rose all framed not cut.

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Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

What a great way to make those flowers last longer. Leave them in the garden and feature them inside too! It looks great and now your flowers will be there to cheer you up through the winter.

Hey! PS the frames to black for the cafe!

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