Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond


The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Beyond.  The idea is that the photo, whilst focusing on something in the foreground should make the viewer look to the background of the photograph.  I had a look through recent photographs and thought that these photographs taken at Wollerton Old Hall last summer demonstrated ‘beyond’ quite well although possibly not in the way the challenge intended.  I like the way the structure, path, hedges in this garden lead your eye, drawing you forward.



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About Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited
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22 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

  1. Cathy says:

    Good to see more pictures of Wollerton – I like that garden very much and definitely need a second visit but in a different season, as it was late summer when I went before. Certainly a good place for ‘beyond’ views.

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy – this was my first visit to Wollerton in many years, in fact so long I dont remember the first visit very well. I think an early summer visit might be good this year

  2. Scott says:

    I agree…love the way the lines of the garden pull your eye ever onward.

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  4. Christina says:

    Helen, I love the first 2 images, I am always drawn to this type of design and wish I coould inclue it in my garden somehow. Christina

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Christina
      I like that sort of design if it isnt squeezed in or too much. Wollerton has a lot of space around the topiary so it wasn’t oppressive which is the sensation I get at Hidcote

  5. What a lovely set of photos for Beyond. I have never been to Old Wollerton and it is on my list of many for 2013. Hope you are keeping warm enough.

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Ronnie
      I would recommend Wollerton – particularly late summer if you like hot borders

  6. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Great photos of great gardens – don’t fancy clipping all those topiary’s tho’!

  7. Mark and Gaz says:

    Those photos do make you look beyond the horizon, very nice and inviting!

  8. annannstar says:

    understand u r not on twitter anymore, 2 queries if I may ask: I know u r thinking about Dahlias but do u grow Chrysanths? Hanenburg has 14 week display (as rec by Which?) & have u reviewed Graham Rice’s Powerhouse Plants by any chance? (Layered Garden read on your recommendation). really enjoy your blog, thks

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      I havent grown Chrysanths but am thinking of giving them a go this year, been told they are easy! I havent reviewed Graham Rice’s book either but if its a Timberpress book I might end up reviewing it one day

  9. Alex says:

    I’ve never been to Wollerton, but it is definitly on my list of gardens to visit now. I love that topiary and how well it draws the eye.. well beyond! I’d love to introduce some of that formality into my garden, but it just doesn’t really lend itself to that style, it’s more of a naturalistic garden I guess. Your photos are lovely, really enjoying your blog, thanks.

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alex
      I’m not madly keen on topiary and parterres but I really like this garden as the topiary etc isnt dominant and there are lots of lush planting around them

  10. Carolyn says:

    Your images fit the theme so well… I found myself looking up as well… heavenward,

  11. sophiecussen says:

    Great set of photo’s and you’ve captured the theme really well. I’ve not been to Wollerton but it looks really nice. I also like the idea that you’ve used the theme to go out and about. I need to do that more with my camera.

    • Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sophie
      The photos were taken last summer – I always have my camera with me when I visit gardens as that is my passion. Wollerton is worth a visit especially late summer

  12. VP says:

    That’s a really nice set of photos – I particularly like the first one because the ‘beyond’ is more unusual.

  13. Great images, great garden and nice beyondiness!

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