Thumb of 2015-11-30/dirtdorphins/c22c2e@dirtdorphins submitted this image in the Landscapes and Gardens category of the The 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest.
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Dec 8, 2015 11:22 PM CST
Plants Admin
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
Wow! You won first, second, and third place in this category and you deserved it.
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Dec 8, 2015 11:30 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Sempervivums Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Garden Ideas: Master Level
That is amazing! Dirt, these are all your gardens, right?
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Dec 9, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
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!
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Dec 10, 2015 3:09 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland (Zone 4a)
Region: Europe Foliage Fan Roses Peonies Lilies Dog Lover
Ferns Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Sempervivums
Your photos are all so beautiful Dirt, you have an artistic eye. And this was no surprise to me. Hurray! Hurray! congratulations Hurray! Hurray!
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Dec 11, 2015 5:27 PM CST
Name: Sheila Caldon
Aiken, SC (Zone 8a)
Dragonflies Bookworm Hybridizer Garden Photography Daylilies Butterflies
Region: South Carolina Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Pollen collector Birds Lilies
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
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Dec 11, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
Thank you Magga and Sheila!
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Dec 15, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
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.
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Dec 15, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
This is one of my all time favorite garden photos ... really, really beautiful! Lovey dubby
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Dec 15, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Organic Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents
Butterflies Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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
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Dec 15, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
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
Last edited by dirtdorphins Dec 15, 2015 7:50 PM Icon for preview
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Dec 15, 2015 8:40 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
This picture was my choice as well!
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Dec 16, 2015 4:43 AM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2021
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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.
This is fun: The thread "Asa's former lawn...or (better) Dirt's current gardens" in Garden Photos forum

My bee site - I post a new, different bee photo every day:
http://bees.photo
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Dec 16, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover
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.
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Dec 16, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Greencastle 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
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!
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
- Alan Keightley
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Dec 16, 2015 11:27 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
I voted for that one, too. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Dec 16, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Sweden
Forum moderator Garden Photography Irises Bulbs Lilies Bee Lover
Hellebores Deer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Wonderful image and a richly deserved win Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Dec 16, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
*Blush*
oh my gosh, Asa's post almost creates the illusion that I somehow orchestrate the show--uh, thanks hun Lovey dubby
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Dec 16, 2015 8:56 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
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
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Dec 16, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Dirt, is there a forum where you have posted more pictures of your garden? I would like to see more of it Lovey dubby
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Dec 16, 2015 10:02 PM CST
Name: Andi
Delray Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
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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