Saxon Holt

Photographing a new Rose

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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A new rose takes years to reach the market.  The process of breeding, testing, analyzing, selecting, and then propagating enough to sell, and then marketing, all have timetables.  The rose above that I photographed for Star Roses two years ago with no name is now being released.  When I was asked to photograph this rose, all I [...]

Gardening Is A Sacred Act

– Posted in: Garden Musings
Gardening Is A Sacred Ac

"Gardening is a sacred act. When you dig a hole in the ground, and feel the soil in the palm of your hands or as it crumbles between your fingers, you’re participating in a ritual that’s been taking place since the dawn of humankind. There's a rhythm to gardening that soothes our souls and awakens [...]

Dry Summer

– Posted in: Garden Photography
dry summer woodland california

We expect summers to be dry here in California.  It's a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate of wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. But this year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is particularly dry .  We have not had rainy winters recently, [...]

Vacation in Maui

– Posted in: Garden Travels
Storm damage Maui - plumeria blown from trees

Was I just in Maui County, Hawaii ?  Was last week a dream ?  And are there really gardens there ? First, lest anyone be concerned that the hurricane that struck Hawaii last week ruined my family vacation, I can only post photos of the damage.  The plumeria trees shook off their flowers, littering the [...]

Lavender Harvest – Photo Shoot

– Posted in: Garden Photography
basket of harvested lavender in basket on garden chair

I have just started working on a new herb book and most of the photos need to come from my library, so I began sifting through the inventory.  Look what I found.  What fun I had shooting this lavender harvest. Lavender is an iconic herb.  There are entire books on the subject, but for this book there would [...]