Photographing The Blue Chairs

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It has been written that when taking photographs in a garden, having a focal point is a good idea. (Links will be provided for the previous photo posts at the end of the story.) Blooming this April in the woodland garden was the deciduous azalea, Rhododendron ‘Golden Lights’. Peeking into the shot is the title subject, the blue chair.

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Without meaning to, totally by accident, there has been a focal point in nearly all of the images snapped of the gardens in the southeast quadrant of our property. Blooming in the black garden, this time in July, is Crocosmia ‘Little Redhead’. Those blue chairs are really hams for the camera it seems.

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It is with extreme pleasure that we would like to introduce you to the blue chairs. Purchased at the grocers as seating for under the newly constructed arbor, click here to read its story, they are made from high quality materials, (plastic) and were extremely expensive ($17.99 per chair). What attracted me to them, in addition to the above mentioned characteristics, was the color. I had been thinking about adding a couple of Adirondack styled chairs for seating and as focal points for a while. The worry was about rotting wood and peeling paint. Problem solved with these two beauties. (This year two more of the same type were added, in purple, but that is another story.) But there was an issue with the ground under the arbor, it is very sloping at the end opposite the path. The chairs needed to be moved out while the low area could be built up by adding weeds and trimmings from the garden that were not suitable for the compost bin due to seeds or woodiness. Another factor was the encounter with a large rat snake who was using the path for traversing the yard. I was happily sitting in the newly placed chair when he slithered along right at my feet. I froze immediately for I am afflicted with a terrible fear of snakes of all kinds, click here for a true story about possibly the same snake. He rose up in mid air to check me out, then went on his way. When I came to, the chairs were quickly moved.

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Here you see the before shot, taken April 25, 2008 of the view from the garage deck. I love to compare the plantings from the same vantage point from time to time. Note that there are no blue chairs in the spot where they now reside which can be seen in the upper left section of the shot.

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A similar shot one year later reveals the blue chairs drawing the eye even with so much going on in the garden at that time.

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Last fall we completed the wood and gravel step project to finally make all the paths nice and neat looking. Gravel, step stones and pine straw allow for the whole garden to be traversed without getting muddy or wet feet. The blue chair was very helpful in holding the pick axe needed to dig into the red clay to set the six by six posts at the proper depth. A bag of quikrete was then poured dry on the flat areas, smoothed and sprinkled with gravel. Then it was hosed down well to let the stones mix in and set with the concrete.

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The temporary placement of the chairs during the leveling process under the arbor has proven to be a good one. During high summer, when the sun is directly overhead, the blue Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’ just behind provides just enough shade to make contemplation and resting between garden chores most enjoyable. The vantage point is good for being able to watch butterflies visit the nearby plantings, just looking at the flowers and living life. It was discovered that these blue chairs have cropped up in many photos unintentionally. Standing so as to get the best angle for these irises, passalongs from neighbors Mae and Mickey, in bloom in April included the chairs.

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Capturing the delightful seed grown Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ often showed the blue chairs standing guard.

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Sometimes the chairs themselves are the object of the lens. A brilliant idea was hatched last January to take photos from the same spot each month of the year for comparison and blog opportunities. We made a list of the places to stand and the direction to point and the features to include to make the photos as similar as possible. This was followed for the first three months of the year, noticing that there was little change during that time. Then April came around, the time when the garden springs to life, and the “Take A Stand” meme was totally discarded.

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So many of the earliest blog images are macro shots, close ups that are very pretty but don’t really give a good idea of the garden as a whole. As the blog has matured, we are one month away from its second birthday, there has been a conscious effort to show more long views. Our camera skills lend themselves much better to the macro, but continued practice, learning the times for best lighting and using the new camera on zoom have given acceptable results. The above shot is from August of this year.

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A recent photo of the area reveals that this spot changes little with the evergreen rosemary and chamaecyparis always present. The shades of blue of those evergreens, along with the virdigris copper roof of the birdhouse, thanks Lynn!, blend with the turquoise chairs for a cool color echo. Even the flowers of the rosemary are blue.

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This image of the garden as the sun rises taken early April of this year is a favorite of mine. This area is the first thing visitors see when they make the turn past the row of ever growing Arborvitae as they come around the gravel path by the garage from the front of the house to the main gardens. It is a happy place.

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Happy for so many reason. Those blue chairs had snuck into many photos, we noticed, when putting this post together. This shot from last Thanksgiving, a very big family get together, reminds us of the need to begin preparations for this year’s festival of fun. Little LTB has grown so much since this was taken, and someone’s hair has taken on a totally different hue as it has been allowed to grow out to the natural Wabi Sabi state.

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This is to be considered a post about photography, the fifth in the series. We like to include a tip with each story. Here is the tip: Seabiscuit in the 4th. Sorry, the tip is to find a focal point that does not change, a piece of hardscape or statuary or furniture, and take photos of it and the surroundings to give an idea of the changes that take place in the garden through the months. Make changes to the plantings as desired.

Click on the titles to view the previous stories on this topic.

About The Light-May

About The Light-June

In Need Of A Focal Point (July)

Look Up-Look Down-Look All Around (September)

Frances

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43 Responses to Photographing The Blue Chairs

  1. lotusleaf says:

    The blue chairs are good focal points which draw the eye. At the same time you are aware of the changing scenario.Frances, thanks for the lesson in photography.

    Thanks Lotusleaf. I really don’t know much about photography, obviously, but was surprised at the number of shots in the files that included these chairs. One of the things I really enjoy about having the photo files is comparing the growth of the plants as time moves ever forward. :-)
    Frances

  2. Les says:

    I did not realize that today was “Colorful Chair Monday”. You and Gail did a wonderful job with the theme. By the way I really enjoyed your last post. All of the thousands of decisions we make everyday, even the seemingly unimportant ones, as well as the ones we make in the blink of an eye – have such an effect on our lives. We often are quite unaware of the process until something happens or doesn’t happen such as your near miss. I am so glad your husband made the right decision.

    Thanks for those words of wisdome, Les. We do take so much for granted in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I keep thinking, slow down and savor each moment. Gail and I did have the same theme going, totally coincidental. Even though we are contact with each other often, this was a happy accident. Now to act like we meant to do it and invite others to join in. :-)
    Frances

  3. Gail says:

    Frances, I love those chairs…and they came in purple! Take me to your grocery stores to shop. What a delightful post…the chairs are the perfect focal point, but what a treat to see the garden in several seasons. I love the April sunrise shot…It must be lovely right now with the fading to brown grasses back lit in the rising sun. gail

    Good morning Gail. Funny how we both posted about the chairs. Les called it Colorful Chair Monday, HA. The garden does still look pretty good. You know the sunrise is my favorite time of day, being such an early bird. Your room is being readied. :-)
    Frances

  4. Darla says:

    Very nice post. I have lime green chairs just like these…plastic was a great choice for weathering the elements.

    Thanks Darla. I think they came in green and hot pink in addition to the blue and purple. Maybe a yellow too. I think the yellow would look good here. We will be on the lookout for them next year. They are quite comfortable, aren’t they?
    Frances

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I so enjoy seeing the overall view of your garden Frances. It gives a wonderful sense of space and when I see macros of various flowers and plants I can in my mind be there with you to enjoy the smaller details. Those blue chairs seem to have a life of their own. I used to have a chair I moved all around. I finally noticed I sat in some of the same places over and over so I placed benches there. Now I rarely drag a chair around. Cheers…

    Thanks so much, Lisa. I used to move the chairs that belong to our outdoor dining set all over the place. Having these inexpensive ones has solved that problem and they look nice too. Glad you like both the macro and long shots, I do like to include both. :-)
    Frances

  6. Frances,
    What a lovely tour of your garden. I think the color of the chairs is a nice addition. That pop of color anchors the space beautifully.

    Thanks Jackie. I really like that color too, but the purple ones also look good in the garden. It’s so convenient to have a quick seat sometimes after working very hard and standing up too fast. :-)
    Frances

  7. I know the post is about the chairs but I like the pathway! The timber pathway would be perfect along our sloped areas…maybe one day. I’m too busy now!

    Thanks Dave. I had been saving some photos of the path in a file to do a post about it and never got around to it. The short explanation was plenty and fit into this post nicely. It is a good way to break up a slope. I am sure you will do a much better job than I did however. :-)
    Frances

  8. Daphne Gould says:

    I love that photo in the morning as the sun is rising in April. It looks like the path is leading straight up to the chairs. It is very inviting.

    Thanks Daphne. The chairs placement does give a nice destination for the path. I do sit in them nearly every day. :-)
    Frances

  9. Kiki says:

    What a gorgeous post! I too have blue chairs in my garden..painted blue.. I loved your post, there is much life, magic and energy in your photos. Love those Irises..and that photo of the tangerine colored flower with the water droplets on the petals..awesome!

    Hi Kiki, thanks and welcome. That flower you mention is a crocosmia. One of several we began collecting a couple of years ago. I plan to do a post on them this winter, when there is little color in the garden. I borrowed this shot from that file to use here. :-)
    Frances

    Wonderful! yay, I will look forward to that post..I am in love with the color!

    Thanks Kiki. The colors of those flowers are really sharp. It will be after the holidays when garden blogging material sort of dries up, just a little. :-)
    Frances

  10. Racquel says:

    You and Gail were on similar wavelengths today with your blue and her purple chairs. I like that pretty color in your garden. It really draws the eye. :)

    Thanks Racquel. It is funny about the two posts. Gail and I did not discuss it either, believe it or not. I do enjoy the blue chairs, sitting in them and just looking at them. :-)
    Frances

  11. Janet says:

    Good morning Frances, I like the blue chairs…seeing them ‘move’ from place to place within your garden creates personification. I like that they are blue and that you have some purple ones…colorful whimsy. The blue contrast with the orange blooms of the azalea or the dahlias or crocosmias…. great!
    I think you need to put some glasses with the nose and mustache on the chair in one of the pictures…if they are in disguise we won’t recognize them.

    Thanks Janet. You are too funny, nose and mustache! HA Those sneaky camera hogging chairs. I still haven’t placed the purple ones as yet. But agree that the oranges and reds of the black garden area make a good contrast with the blue chairs. Those colors look good with the black and dark foliage of the plants in the black garden. Too much dark just disappears there, I finally figured out. :-)
    Frances

  12. Rose says:

    Buenos Dios! Ah, Frances, as I prepare for a day of “teaching” Spanish, it’s great to begin with a smile on my face:) You always make me laugh or chuckle a little even with your serious posts. I’m glad these costly blue chairs have finally received the attention they deserve–they’re certainly a great focal point in all of these photos. I just hope that rat snake has found a new home elsewhere!
    I think Wabi-Sabi is going to be my new mantra, too; I’m sure your new haircolor is lovely. Gardening here will soon come to an end–time to clean out the cobwebs and debris from the house so that we can have a germ-free Thanksgiving dinner, too:)

    Ah, subbing again, Rose? Be sure and use plenty of hand sanitizer this time! Thanks for the kind words. I love to imagine you smiling. It is amazing how dirty the house gets while we are spending so much time gardening and blogging. Thanksgiving brings me back inside for much needed cleaning every year. :-)
    Frances

  13. Pam/Digging says:

    Colorful chairs are great fun. I have two peeling purple Adirondacks in need of repainting, some plastic ones like yours in a modest shade of green, and some unpainted cedar ones that I’m thinking of painting a French blue. So many choices.

    But like Dave, I’m interested in your sloping path since I need to make a couple of those myself. So you used 6×6 posts and buried them halfway in the ground to hold back the gravel landings?

    Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by. The paths are half buried six by sixes, yes. The gravel needs more concrete, it still moves underfoot too much. Another bag or so for each landing ought to do the trick. I first saw this idea at Nan Ondra’s Hayefield, but it was not a slope, just a straight level path with posts and gravel. I think she explains how she did it too. It was one of the design posts about paths.
    Frances

  14. linda says:

    Thank you for the photography tips Frances. The blue chairs definitely stand out and add a cheerful spot of color and nice focal point in any season. The new path is perfect.

    Little LBT is adorable – bet he’s looking forward to the holidays too!

    My hair is going Wabi-sabi too. Last winter I lost patience with it growing out and used a wash-out color thinking it wouldn’t cause permanent color change. I didn’t realize it would have the same bleaching effect as ‘permanent’ color, and ended up setting back the growing-out process. I guess I missed the point of Wabi-sabi on the first try, paid for it, and am embracing transience much better this go-around. :)

    Thanks Linda. LTB and the whole family do look forward to this holiday. After several years of getting together here, it is much more laid back than Christmas with so many other sets of in laws and traveling. Very enjoyable. The hair thing is a pain. I love the red color, but the growing out roots look awful and my hair felt like straw from the coloring. You have such pretty long hair too. I cut mine a lot to be able to have a better balance of red to the natural much light shade. :-)
    Frances

  15. I also have blue chairs, Frances, mine are peeling Adirondacks. But the colour is pretty enough to catch your attention, no matter where in the garden you are.
    I am glad you are going to more long shots in your garden. Macros are pretty, but I can see them on any website, I want to see what your garden looks like (and imagine myself sitting in a blue chair)!

    Hi Deborah, thanks. I would love for you to join me in the blue chair. I had been looking at those lovely wooden Adirondacks, but worried about the weather ruining them, and the teak ones were so expensive. These cheapos are perfect. Glad you like the long and short shots. That is the plan for future posts. :-)
    Frances

  16. ourfriendben says:

    Love your blue and Gail’s purple chairs, Frances! Seeing brightly colored chairs always reminds me of Robert Dash’s artist’s garden. You are so right about a focal point anchoring photos over time! Here at Hawk’s haven, we’ve collected “antique” metal lawn chairs and tables from the, er, ’50s (?!!), and unified their differeing designs by painting them a soothing sea green (except for one, which was bright red, and since I love red, I just couldn’t bring myself to paint it; guess that’s wabi-sabi too, eh?). I, too, envy you your path, and your marvelous perennial rosemaries, and even your rat snake (feel free to send it up here). Thanks for a wonderful post!

    Thanks OFB. It was funny that we both posted about our colorful chairs. You should post about yours too! We have some very old metal chairs that belonged to my parents and grandparents too. They were refinished by an auto repair shop, but are still showing rust. They are under the garage deck to protect them better from the elements. Sentimental value. You are more than welcome to the snakes here, although I suppose they do keep the rodent population in check. Too bad they don’t catch more squirrels! :-)
    Frances

  17. Good morning Frances, I love your garden and the blue chairs in it, and your photographs with that focal point are a very good idea. Your gravel path is something I treasure, love it so much, and the before and after pictures of your garden I like them so much because I can see how your work in the garden develops and brings so much beauty.
    Have a great week
    Cariños
    María Cecilia

    Hi Maria, thanks so much. The gravel paths are great, they look so natural in the garden and so many things self seed in there as well. Glad you like the before and afters pictures, it is fun to see how things have grown over the years. You too have a wonderful week. :-)
    Frances

  18. Sweet Bay says:

    I am drooling over your azaleas and iris. Gorgeous! Your garden looks so beautiful in these pictures!

    Hi Sweet Bay, thanks. April is a most magical time here. The deciduous azaleas are my most favorite flower. :-)
    Frances

  19. Hi Frances

    You’ve changed your blog template a bit.

    I like the shot with the Iris and chairs just behind best.

    Not a bad little investment those blue chairs!

    Snake phobia heh, well I’m developing a hornet phobia right now. There are lots of them eating the sugars in the grapes which are outside the front door. Although they’re not at all agressive they’re still huge and buzz like anything.

    Hi Rob, thanks. The sidebar order was changed recently to feature my post on the Biscuit blog. It will go back to the About Me at the top soon. As for hornets, they are quite scary too. I have been attacked a couple of times by swarms of them when accidently hedge trimming into their nest. They chased me into the shed and I could hear them banging themselves against the door trying to get at me! Very frightening. But the snake was frightening too, if less of a threat.
    Frances

  20. Your photography of the garden is wonderful Frances, and I am glad that you are getting on so well with your camera.

    Love those chairs – must do a little search to see if I can find some in the UK – purple you say!?

    K

    Hi Karen, thanks, so nice to see you. I am getting more comfortable with the new camera, but the macro urge is a strong one and the old camera does a much better job with that style by far. Hope you can find some nice plastic cheap chairs. A great delight and easy on the pocketbook. :-)
    Frances

    no luck so far
    they are all white :-(

    K

    So sorry, Karen. You might have to wait until the warmer months. They are not available in our area at present. All you can get is Christmas stuff now. I do think there is spray paint that adheres well to plastic now, if you want to take a chance on the white ones. :-)
    Frances

  21. Kanak says:

    Hi Frances, what a wonderful lesson in photography. Loved the chairs and the changing surroundings,seasons, and stories associated with the shots. The views of your garden are stunning…as always.

    Have a great week! Love your new template!

    Thanks Kanak, glad you liked the chairs in the garden. The sidebar is just in a different order to showcase a post I did recently for a blog about Biscuits of the British kind. It will be back to normal soon, but I appreciate your kind words about it. :-)
    Frances

  22. Sometimes “you get what you pay for” is just plain wrong, as is the case with your chairs. They add so much to your garden, and seeing them in different vignettes is great fun.
    I just read Gail’s post about her purple chairs. Now I’m terribly confused. Which is the better color in the garden, your striking blue or Gail’s rich purple? This isn’t an academic question, as I need to decide what color to paint my new garden sculpture.

    Hi MMD. Those chairs have already given more than the value of their cost. We’ll see how long they hold up, they are left out all year and frozen plastic sometimes is prone to cracking. I like not having to worry about them since they were so cheap. As for purple or blue, whatever appeals to you more. Paint is cheap, you can repaint your sculpture if you get tired of it. :-)
    Frances

  23. I too enjoyed the chairs immensely. I particularly like the way you tuck photography lessons into your posts. I have started being more careful about before and after shots, plus the continuing development of the garden shot is a great thing. I need to really be meticulous about that in the next year, because I’d really like to show the overall effect of the changes in seasons in different areas of the garden. Now that I’ve worked so hard to make it beautiful, I need to document it’s moods a bit better.

    Hi Hands, thanks. It was time for another photo post, I was trying to do one every month but have not kept up. I might be running out of tips! With all the changes you have and are still making in your garden, having those before shots will be helpful and interesting to others besides for your own satisfaction. :-)
    Frances

  24. Hello Frances,

    You never know who will ‘steal the show’ in your photographs. I love that your chairs provide a beautiful color seldom seen in flowers.

    Hi Noelle, thanks so much. As photos are taken outside, we never know how they will look when loaded onto the computer. I don’t see well enough to be able to check them on the camera so don’t even look until they can be viewed larger. That is a color not seen in flowers, it is a favorite of mine still. :-)
    Frances

  25. Zach says:

    HAHA, those chairs sure are hams. But at least they are worth while. I really like them. They ad something that is not so green and a little unnatural. which can be a good thing

    Thanks Zach, glad you like them. They are cheap imitations of very beautiful garden denizens. The color has proven to be just the addition to the natural colors of the surroundings.
    Frances

  26. Jean says:

    Gosh, what lovely chairs. Who would have thought plastic could be so pretty?! I like the idea of using same spot for photos throughout the year. Hmm, will have to think about that one for my own garden. I’m also thinking a trip to the big box looking for pretty blue chairs is a good idea. :)

    Hi Jean, thanks. They really look similar to the real thing and the price and color were just the ticket. We have seen these for sale during the summer, close to July 4 at our grocers. I think they sell well too at that price. Good luck finding something you like. :-)
    Frances

  27. rosey pollen says:

    Frances,
    I guess you are getting your mileage out of those chairs. They do add a lot of color to your garden. I enjoyed these different views of your garden.

    Hi Rosey, thanks. You are so right, the chairs have met and surpassed the value of what was paid for them already. :-)
    Frances

  28. Phillip says:

    I love the blue chairs and you did an outstanding job on the pathways!

    Thanks Phillip. The gravel is still a little too loose underfoot. Gravel on a slope is not a good thing. More concrete will probably tighten them up. I still want the gravel to show through. It does look so much neater. The pine straw mulch was always sliding down to the bottom and could also be slippery when wet. The wooden posts help stop a slipping foot. :-)
    Frances

  29. Frances, your garden is so wonderful on its own, but those wonderful chairs do add a little sumthin-sumthin! I too love the color!

    Thanks Monica. I agree that these chairs add something good to the overall look besides giving us a place to take a load off. I do use them nearly everyday.
    Frances

  30. Joanne says:

    I enjoyed my trip around the garden or should I say chairs.

    Thanks Joanne. Sort of like musical chairs? Now that would have been an interesting post! :-)
    Frances

  31. Anna says:

    I like the blue chairs – a bright colour and lovely shape. One of our two outdoor wooden chairs collapsed in the spring and is past repair so I am thinking of plastic next time round :) Thanks for all the great photography tips Frances.

    Hi Anna, thanks. Plastic does have drawbacks, it can crack when frozen, but the price was right for these. I could bring them into the garage for the winter months, but I like to sit in them on sunny days then. Another plus for the plastic is how light weight they are to easily move around. I would not be able to move wooden ones.
    Frances

  32. The Flying Orchid says:

    I love the tree trunk! I have a similar, but much larger. I have been trying to decide what to do with it. The huge water oak towered over the farm for so long… over 200 years… it is sorely missed. Sounds like a good post for my blog huh? LOL

    Thanks Robin. We called that large maple tree Ferngully, it was by far the largest tree on the property when we bought it, but had to have it taken down just a year or two later. It was nearly hollow inside. I couldn’t bear to have it taken all the way to the ground then, but it is nearly rotten now and will fall to the earth any day. Your own tree does sound like it needs to have its story told. :-)
    Frances

  33. joey says:

    Excellent tutorial, Frances (love the chairs … gardens speak of the tenders of the earth and should provide lovely viewing points … you’ve accomplished both)

    Hi Joey, thanks. Your sweet lyrical words are music to my heart and ears. :-)
    Frances

  34. commonweeder says:

    You’ve given me a whole new way of looking at unintended items in my photos. Your photos are always fantastic – and you have been an inspiration to me right from the beginning and we began blogging at almost the same moment.

    Thanks so much Pat. You must be coming up on your second birthday soon as well. Hope you have enjoyed blogging as much as I have. :-)
    Frances

  35. Kat says:

    What a lovely and charming post. I love the blue chairs. I’ve always loved just a dash of unexpected bright color in the garden and those chairs do the trick.

    Thanks so much Kat. For being such cheapo items, they do add a lot to the garden, besides a comfy place to sit. :-)
    Frances

  36. Great pictures. I’m jealous of your garden and love your idea for the steps. I’d hate to see concrete put in with the stones but I can understand your dilemma.

    Hi Molly, thanks and welcome. The concrete should not cover all of the gravel, although color could be added to tone down the starkness of it. I have some leftover brown concrete dye, thanks for the idea! :-)
    Frances

  37. Mary Delle says:

    The blue chairs are a great color. Bright and sunny. And that color does show its face in photos, even if only a little. My chairs are on the patio, as chairs don’t really fit in my small spaces in the garden. But I do enjoy your.

    Thanks Mary. When the color of chairs to purchase was chosen, at the grocers, I didn’t know how great it would look in the garden. I think they would all look good though, a nice jolt of color among lots of greens. :-)
    Frances

  38. Hey those chairs are cute and the photos of them give them lots of character. Looks like I’m logged in from my brand new blog that is not published yet, it Randy from Meg and Randy’s Paradise. See out cool chair in the garden at http://rlephoto.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-first-project-for-megs-birthday.html

    Hi Randy, thanks. WordPress does like to self promote. Your pink chair is fabulous, great job! :-)
    Frances

  39. Nell Jean says:

    Great walkway for a slope, with the stones well corraled.

    When I learned about ‘Majorelle Blue’ at the Marrakech garden, I wanted to paint all my chairs that color. I managed to get one ancient metal two-seater painted bright cobalt and then had second thoughts about spreading it about. It does make a great foil for the bright orange summer flowers I love.

    It’s a real trick to get a long view of the garden that doesn’t have the dog’s backside and toys over on one side, or the forgotten tools, or to remember to take pics the day after the weeding is done, instead of the day before, LOL.

    Thanks Nell Jean. I love cobalt blue, I wish they had offered those chairs in that color, maybe next year. You are so funny about things in the photo that we become blinded to until the image is loaded and it slaps us in the face. The dog’s backside, what a laugh! :-)
    Frances

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