the process of coming into being

of becoming important


Each spring layers disappear and what lies beneath waiting

Emerges into the light of a new season

Scilla emerging from the snow

Iris emerging from the snowSweet violets amongst the rocks

Self-seeded helleborus



Who Watches the Garden Grow?

Twelve winter seasons at this place we call home

The labyrinth January 1st, 2016

Twelve years of growth, of knowledge, of mistakes

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine 2
Invasive orchid

Alyssum and violas have braved freezing nights




But never have Helleborus rose so confidently above a barren ground



Projects begun and completed

A waiting game - bowling ball pyramid


Dreams of those yet to come


Join with us who watch the garden grow in anticipation of what Gaia has planned for us.


All images of flowers taken January 1st, 2016 excluding the invasive orchid

Sumac berries
Sumac berries

Mid-April – Garden Walk

Hyacinth flower

I often forget that without winters there would be no spring

Glory of the Snow flowers

In environments adapted to the seasonal clock

The vegetable garden ready for plantimg

Flora and fauna need time to rest, to rejuvenate

Laceleaf maple in front of home

The earth needs her sleep in order to be revitalized

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill flower

But when she wakes

Iris flower

The gifts she gives to us for enduring an endless white landscape are beyond compare

Trumpet daffodil flower

Enjoy the gardens – Thank you for taking a moment of your time to

“walk the gardens with me”

Iris flower

Welcoming Spring at Valley View

Opening the barn doors to allow the breeze to flow through beckons all to come in, sit down and share in good food and wine.

Dinner in the barn

After dinner an invitation to walk through the gardens brings peace to all who venture in.

Roadside flower garden

  The common and unique intertwine to create a canvas worthy to paint.

Fritillaria flower

Hellebore flower

Sharing this space brightens my heart!

Hellelbore flowers


A Storm Is Coming

Friday night, April 19, 2013, 75 degrees.  As I look toward the west, dark gray clouds are rapidly moving eastward. The flowers that have graced the spring gardens at Valley View have started to wilt and many may be decimated by tonight’s expected torrential downpour. 

Take a moment to walk the gardens and see what has bloomed thus far.

Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata
Daffodil flowers and Darwin Tulips
Daffodil flowers and Darwin Tulips
Helleborus and Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman’s Breeches and Helleborus





Hyacinths in front of the house
Hellebores in the lower garden

Come back again to take a closer look at the flowers of Valley View, thank you

A Tank Top Sort of Day

A prelude of days to come,

Winter Aconite Flower

A weekend of sunshine and a day for sun-kissed skin

Winter Aconite Flowers

As a blanket of leaves is tossed off of flowerbeds

The Lower Garden

Tightly closed buds of Helleborus began to stretch towards the sun

Hellerborus flower bud

Helleborus Flower Bud 2

and drifts of snowdrops open revealing their cups of green

Drift of Snowdrops under River Birch

Snowdrop Flower

Here I GO Again

As one season ends and another begins the rhythmic cycle of life continues.

Plants once again push through the soil beginning their journey from flower to seed.

Where a single blossom emerged last year many arise this year.

For this gardener joy abounds in the simplest of pleasures – the beauty of a flower!