For Bloom Day, Picasa!


Pretty plants here include, left to right, squash, garden phlox, petunias with sweet potato vine, and Hakonechloa Grass over a skirt of epimedium.

But for sheer excitement nothing beats discovering a much, much easier way to organize and edit photos than Photoshop Elements ever was or could be for me.  And on top of its ease of use, there's the total FUN of its instant collages, like the one you see here.  It's Picasa 3 for me now, and thanks to Amy and Xris for suggesting it.  It's even free!

Over on my blog I'm breaking the Bloom Day rules and extolling the virtues of the doublefile viburnum's berries.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. I got lost in Picasa once. I’m going to have to try again. I’ve got lots of bloom right now. Not compared to Carol at May Dreams Garden, but compared to my usual bloom. I love July.

  2. Wonderful collage. My husband installed Picasa on our computers and so far I don’t like it. With your suggestion, I’ll have to give it another chance!

  3. I am faithful to Photoshop (the full version) but that collage is excellent. What I AM kicking myself about is not doing the sweet potato/purple petunia this year.

  4. Just put Picasa 3 on my Mac, but haven’t yet had a chance to get to know it. Thanks for the heads-u though — last time I looked they didn’t have a version for us Mac rebels.

    My squash are producing more blossoms than squash — I must go look for that recipe for stuffed squash blossoms!

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