The Garden by the Woods

There are no fences

Life is not contained and moves freely from wood to garden and back again

Seed pods explode – plants propagate

A welcoming place, a happy space


female bullfrog

Eastern Garter snake


female bullfrog

Eastern Garter snake

female bullfrog



The Late Winter Garden

Diminutive in stature

Hidden beneath leaves and snow

Breaking free from Gaia’s icy grip hoping to bask in sol’s warming rays

Sun and color collide

Single snowdrop in snow

Snowdrops in snow

Winter Aconites


Self-seeded hellebore

Snowdrops at the base of the tree

Bowling ball and Winter aconites


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

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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