Last Night

Twilight

Oriental lily

Aromatic scents fill the air

Perennial flower border

The earth’s perfume – sweet, earthy, musk and floral notes tease our sense of smell

Sunflower at twilight

 A walk through a garden is experiential

Oriental lilly and Drumstick allium

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Flowers – A Different Perspective

While walking gardens paths

One by one

Drumstick Allium and Oriental Lily Bud
Drumstick Allium and Oriental Lily Bud

They come into view

Lavender, New Guinea Impatiens and Lobelia
Lavender, New Guinea Impatiens and Lobelia

Tall and stately

Mullein Flowers Verbascum thapsus
Mullein Flowers
Verbascum thapsus

Hidden under leaves

Cucumber Blossoms
Cucumber Blossoms

Mandala from beneath

Cone Flower - Echinacea
Cone Flower blossom

Or feeding venues from above

Cone Flower - Echinacea and the Great Spangled Fritillary
Echinacea and the Great Spangled Fritillary

 

A Garden Canvas

More than half the year  a four-season garden is dominated by neutral shades

Middle Garden in WinterWinter Wisdom

Color is but a fleeting memory in the gardener’s mind’s eye

But then it begins…

Echinacea -Cone flowerin front of potting shed

The plans a  gardener has labored over throughout the winter months now are birthed

Oriental Lily

Every conceivable shade and color combine to create our garden canvas

Flowers in the foundation garden Lantana and Lobelia

Oriental lily

Marigold flowers

But our minds never rest

We are already mixing color and planning future portraits

 

Just Another Beautiful Day

As I walk through the gardens in the morning I wonder how to best share its transformation.

Road-side flower bed
Road-side flower bed, Golden Spirea, Catmint and Lamium, (Spotted Dead Nettle)

Just a few months ago the Dreamer was blanketed by snow and paths were non-existent. 

Stream-side path by the Labyrinth
Stream-side path by the Labyrinth Hostas, Hellebores and Weigela compliment a River Birch

Color now abounds,

Snap Dragon flowers covered with dew drops
Snap Dragon flowers covered with dew drops

birds sing and “creatures great and small” share this sacred space.

New-born American Robin s in the cryptomeria japonica
New-born American Robin s in the cryptomeria japonica

Calling Friends, Artists and All Onlookers – Check It Out Again!!

It is an honor to share another interpretation of the natural world at Valley View.   Johanne L. shared she spent part of this last cold, long winter season creating this amazing oil painting.  The photo on the right was taken at the gardens in May of 2012. To visit Johanne’s blog please click on the link:

French Garden Dishes   Thank you Johanne!

Iris close-up                                                                                                                    Johanne's oil painting

Calling Friends, Artists and All Onlookers

One quiet winter afternoon I was looking for one more thing to do as the ice and snow had continued to hold me captive inside.

Bank Barn in Winter

I had never googled my blog so I thought this might be an interesting activity.  Photos I had posted during the last three years filled the screen.  Then a painting appeared. I thought I recognized it.  Intrigued I clicked on the photo and discovered a post dated April 16, 2012 by Maria Zarif.  I was so honored that someone had chosen a photograph I had taken to use as a catalyst for her inspiration!

I share that photo, a link to her post and her painting.

Red Tulip 2

The Beat

And then I had an idea.  I want to ask friends, artists and all onlookers who stop by this blog to take a moment from their busy schedule to choose a photo and create!  Have fun, don’t get bogged down in the details, just create! I would like to ask you to please stop back and share your creation!

I might even give it a go!

As a post script watercolors I had created more than 3 decades ago I honored by taking photos of in their new incarnation.         As I shared earlier don’t worry about the details

Paintings and Portraits

Iris

Breath of Spring

I wanted to share photos of the winter gardens but the snow is still coated with ice and I am unable to break though and safely walk around the grounds.  Instead I will share moments of sunnier days . . .

Honey Bee
Honey Bee on Portulaca flower
Pea Tomatoes in the vegetable garden
Pea Tomatoes in the vegetable garden
Monarch Butterfly on Stonecrop  Sedum flower
Monarch Butterfly on Stonecrop Sedum flower