Ellis Hollow Calendar Will Inspire Your Gardening

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain

After I had posted about Katinka Matson’s digital flower scans, I tried it myself and so did several other garden bloggers. But, to the best of my knowledge, Craig Cramer of Ellis Hollow is the only one who, month after month, scans what’s blooming in his garden for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Craig has created a calendar of his bloom day scans which he is selling at Zazzle. He lives in a moderately cold climate in upstate NY, so for cold climate gardeners these images are instructive as well as dramatic and beautiful. (By moderately cold I mean USDA Zone 4/5-ish.) You see, each page illustrates plants that bloom during a certain month in his garden. If you live in a cold climate as well, the images should give you some ideas for new plants to try or new combinations of plants you already grow. (I don’t believe the plants are listed on the calendar, but they are listed on the website.)

If you don’t live in a cold climate, his calendar will still be a thing of beauty in your home or office.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Susan December 29, 2009, 10:25 pm

I’ve used the scanner to make Photoshop brushes, but I have never thought to capture photos of my garden plants. What a great idea and the photo you show in the post is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Cool Garden Things December 29, 2009, 1:35 pm

I had no idea that other people do this too…naturally I thought I was sooo creative to come up with the idea and here other people do it as well…doh! If you want to see mine you can go to Planning Plants to Plant

Dee/reddirtramblings December 25, 2009, 9:56 am

Merry Christmas Kathy. Yes, Craig is amazing. Glad you’re enjoying his calendar.~~Dee

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence December 24, 2009, 9:34 am

Merry Christmas Kathy! I have enjoyed your post this past year and look forwarding to reading more in 2010. H

commonweeder December 22, 2009, 10:30 am

His photos are gorgeous. The whole process of scanning seems amazing to me. There was an exhibit of scanned photos, flowers, seeds, feathers, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden las year and they were stunning. This is my garden zone and I can see it will be very dangerous to have this calendar around.

Anna/Flowergardengirl December 21, 2009, 10:46 pm

I’ve always been amazed at his photos and how he puts them together. Just beautiful and so nice of you to promote this.

LaManda Joy December 21, 2009, 3:35 pm

Thanks for sharing! This is awesome… having learned to garden in zone 8 (Oregon), zone 5 (Chicago) is an adjustment that has taken years to get used to… I appreciate your site and what it has to offer these “special needs” areas! Ha! Thanks for the heads up on the great calendar…