My plants labeled, part 1

I've begun working on a map of my yard and gardens. This didn't seem like it would be too difficult, until I realized just how many different plants I have. So it's going to take a little while.

In getting the map together, I decided to do what some readers have asked for in the past: label the plants in some of the photos I post. I've been meaning to do this for a while, and since it helps me get things together for the map, it's time!


So not much writing today, just a couple of photos with many of the plants labeled. It turns out to be quite a bit of work to do this, so I'm breaking it up over a few days.

Both of these shots were taken standing on the eastern edge of the patio. The first is looking north-northeast. The fenced veggie garden is blocked from view by the ninebark, and the "prairie" area is in front of the cedar and Phyllostachys nigra -- if that helps put things in perspective. This was taken in 2011.

See note below about viewing!

This second was taken looking west, at the house. (Well, since it's a panorama it actually starts looking south at the left, then west in the center, and north at the right edge.) The house runs almost exactly north-south for reference. Again, this is a recent photo from this summer, 2011.

A note about viewing:

If you're viewing this blog normally and you click an image, you should get what Blogger calls the "lightbox" display, where the rest of the screen is blacked out, all of the images are shown in thumbnails at the bottom, and you can use the mousewheel to move between images. It's easy to flip back and forth between labeled and unlabeled versions that way.

If you'd rather open the image "normally" (not in lightbox) which you may want to do for the wider panorama shot (since lightbox shrinks images to fit your screen), r-click the image in my post and "open in new tab" or "open in new window". That should show you the "old" way of viewing images without lightbox.

As I said I've got a few more of these coming so I hope they're helpful and interesting.


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM)  

This is awesome! I can definitely see why this is taking time to prepare. I should do this for my own garden; it's a great snapshot in time, all neatly labeled.

Thank you for taking the time to do this!

GrowingHabit –   – (January 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM)  

Definitely sending a thank you for the time and post!

MulchMaid  – (January 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM)  

This is wonderful. It makes it so easy to reference species, size and growth-style. Nice work, Alan.

scottweberpdx  – (January 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM)  

Love it...where information is concerned, more is always better.

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (January 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM)  

These are really great - I appreciate seeing how a plant looks in an actual garden / planting scheme.
PS: Your gardens are simply, in a word, beautiful!

Jennifer  – (January 19, 2012 at 7:26 AM)  

This is such a great idea! I love the panorama. I'm also jealous of all your Japanese maples - they're just too iffy in zone 4. :( I'll garden vicariously through you!

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