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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
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zuzu
Dec 8, 2015 11:22 PM CST

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Wow! You won first, second, and third place in this category and you deserved it.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Dec 8, 2015 11:30 PM CST
That is amazing! Dirt, these are all your gardens, right?
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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dirtdorphins
Dec 9, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Omg! thank you Zuzu and Bev!

I can't really believe it nor do I really deserve it--but yes, these are my gardens and I am so very flattered!
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland (Zone 4a)
Foliage Fan Roses Region: Europe Peonies Lilies Dog Lover
Ferns Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Sempervivums
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magga
Dec 10, 2015 3:09 PM CST
Your photos are all so beautiful Dirt, you have an artistic eye. And this was no surprise to me. Hurray! Hurray! congratulations Hurray! Hurray!
Magga
Name: Sheila Caldon
Aiken, SC (Zone 8a)
Dragonflies Butterflies Birds Dog Lover Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
Amaryllis Lilies Daylilies Pollen collector Seed Starter Clematis
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SheilaC
Dec 11, 2015 5:27 PM CST
Congratulations on your wins!!! I thought all of your submissions were excellent and worthy of an award! Enjoyed all of them!
Beauty pleases, not only the eyes, but, the heart as well. Sheila
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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dirtdorphins
Dec 11, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Thank you Magga and Sheila!
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Dec 15, 2015 6:09 PM CST
I knew as I saw these photos that they were yours, Dirt, and at least two of them got my vote. Very beautiful, and you deserved the sweep. Congratulations!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2015 7:23 PM CST
This is one of my all time favorite garden photos ... really, really beautiful! Lovey dubby
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Dec 15, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I voted on this as well. I missed the first voting but this was really pleasing to the eye. Thank you for sharing your hard work. I do love color and you made a very nice palette of goodies Thumbs up
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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dirtdorphins
Dec 15, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Oh wow--Thank you Jeanie and Lin and Esperanza !

I cannot possibly express how much this honor means to me.
And I am still quite shocked to have won *Blush*
The three pictures are all from the same garden actually, the other two from early in the spring and this one in August. It's kind of a wild thing full of surprises Smiling
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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Dec 15, 2015 8:40 PM CST
This picture was my choice as well!
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
Dec 16, 2015 4:43 AM CST
Just a couple of notes on Dirt's gardens (from really a non-gardener):

She plays "plant tetris" in absolutely unimaginable ways. How she packs the x, y, and z axis like she does baffles me.

But the result is what I like to call "fireworks in slow motion". The first blossom last year (foothills of the rockies) was a crocus in January - and thanks to a late fall, we had some viable purplesomethings blooming in December. It's almost a different garden each week...and surely each month. One year, I'm going to take a weekly, fixed shot of one of her gardens and animate it - to show the stop-action fireworks show.

The other thing with the plant packing and plant tetris is that each garden seems like its own little ecosystem. Plants competing for resources - pushing and pushing back - getting snipped and clipped and relocated - it's remarkable to me to watch the lifecycles of the various individual members of the system - and seeing the system work within itself to try to find and maintain equilibriums. I love that so much more than the industrial, box-store-petunias-and-marigolds-in-a-row-and-at-right-angles-at-the-doctor's-office kind of gardening.

She's got both an eye for it and a love for it. And I just get to keep getting amazed by the art that she makes in and with her gardens.
I share this blog with the unwashed cetacean - have a look! - http://garden.org/blogs/view/evermoredorphins
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Dec 16, 2015 8:06 AM CST
I voted for this picture as well, I love the mix of colors and textures, very different and creative. Hurray!
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hummingbirder Lilies Region: Indiana Dog Lover Echinacea
Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Claudia
Dec 16, 2015 8:19 AM CST
This category is the one I the hardest to judge! All of the entries were so beautiful. To win the top three spots is amazing!

Congratulations to @dirtdorphins!
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 16, 2015 11:27 AM CST
I voted for that one, too. Lovey dubby
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Skåne, Sweden (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Lilies Bee Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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William
Dec 16, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Wonderful image and a richly deserved win Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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dirtdorphins
Dec 16, 2015 8:36 PM CST
*Blush*
oh my gosh, Asa's post almost creates the illusion that I somehow orchestrate the show--uh, thanks hun Lovey dubby

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 16, 2015 8:56 PM CST
evermorelawnless said:Just a couple of notes on Dirt's gardens (from really a non-gardener):

She plays "plant tetris" in absolutely unimaginable ways. How she packs the x, y, and z axis like she does baffles me.

But the result is what I like to call "fireworks in slow motion". The first blossom last year (foothills of the rockies) was a crocus in January - and thanks to a late fall, we had some viable purplesomethings blooming in December. It's almost a different garden each week...and surely each month. One year, I'm going to take a weekly, fixed shot of one of her gardens and animate it - to show the stop-action fireworks show.

The other thing with the plant packing and plant tetris is that each garden seems like its own little ecosystem. Plants competing for resources - pushing and pushing back - getting snipped and clipped and relocated - it's remarkable to me to watch the lifecycles of the various individual members of the system - and seeing the system work within itself to try to find and maintain equilibriums. I love that so much more than the industrial, box-store-petunias-and-marigolds-in-a-row-and-at-right-angles-at-the-doctor's-office kind of gardening.

She's got both an eye for it and a love for it. And I just get to keep getting amazed by the art that she makes in and with her gardens.


And all of what you stated here Asa is quite simply because she is completely tuned in to the earth. Her screen name says it perfectly. Dirtdorphins. Her gardens are nourished by her as she is nourished by them. And I'm not talking about fertilizer.

I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Dec 16, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Dirt, is there a forum where you have posted more pictures of your garden? I would like to see more of it Lovey dubby
Name: Andi
Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
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GardenQuilts
Dec 16, 2015 10:02 PM CST
I love your mixed plantings, dirtdorphins!

I am trying to learn more about creating cottage garden plantings. It is a challenge to choose the right plants and an even bigger challenge to keep the planting interesting all year round!

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