Winter in the Gardens

For those who have never walked a garden during a snowfall it is difficult to perceive the quiet beauty that is the winter garden

Bank barn

In hidden spaces remnants of flowers are found frozen to the ground

Self-seeded pansy growing under the deck

Snow adds new dimensions to garden sculptures 

Primative wooden snowman buried in the snow

Paths are hidden save for those that are outlined by their protruding borders

The Dreamer in the labyrinth

Melting snow creates droplets of ice which reflect next year’s new growth

Ice droplet on Cryptomeria japonica

Evergreens brighten otherwise neutral areas of the gardens 

Holly cultivar

Twilight only adds to the ambient atmosphere

January sunset

Pennsylvania Sunset Valley View Road East Allen Township  2015

Balance is achieved

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

The Argument for Hostas in a Certified Wildlife Habitat

I am both a gardener and a caretaker of an official Certified Wildlife Habitat.  For many years I have been faithful to the mission of providing food, water, cover and places to raise young for all species of wildlife that share the garden space.

Flycatcher Hatchlings in their nest

 I know the importance of removing invasive plants and adding native plantings.

Bee on Goldenrod

 Along with this commitment I also work diligently to create a landscape that provides for the humans who frequent the garden a space for peaceful contemplation and exploration.

Stream-side path by the Labyrinth

A species of plant that is found at the intersection of garden and wildlife habitat is the hosta.

hosta

Utilizing its structural impact hostas create focal points in the garden landscape.

Whirlwind hosta by standing stone inthe lower garden

The multiple shades of green found in the myriad of hosta cultivars encourage the gardener to create their own unique garden palette.

hosta in the lower border garden

Along with structure and color, hostas provide the four elements needed in a certified wildlife habitat.

FOOD – WATER – COVER – PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG

Golden Tiara Hosta

Look among the leaves in summer and you will find a multitude of insects hiding from the midday heat.

Cabbage butterflies on hosta flower

Skipper Butterfly on Hosta
 Take a closer look at the flowers and watch insects collect pollen or feed from their nectar.

plantain lily hosta

After a rain storm hosta leaves cradle droplets of water from which the smallest of garden inhabitants drink.

Rain drops on Hosta Leaf

Insects and arachnids utilize the safety found within the dense leaves of a hosta plant, to raise their young.

Venusta Orchard Spider

In autumn decaying leaves provide a refuge for insects and others who hug the earth.

hosta in autumn

The green stink bug or green soldier bug (Acrosternum hilare)

Then in winter these same leaves provide sustenance for deer who cross the growing season’s boundaries.

Whitetail deer eating hosta leaf
Allowing  hostas to decay naturally in the landscape also minimize clean-up time for the gardener.

hosta after frost

By sharing  your garden bounty, you will be rewarded!

To learn more about the Certified Wildlife Habitat or Hostas click on the links below

Garden for Wildlife –  making a wildlife habitat at home

American Hosta Society

Whitetail deer grazing on decaying hosta leaves

A Body of Believers A New Direction

This new year I have garnered the courage to step beyond the garden gates and share the greater world in which I live. I hope all who join my journey find life as interesting as I

A Body of Believers

The sanctuary at St John's

A unifying pattern of belief

Stained glass window

Woven together in community

Butterfly on Alter cloth

Celebrated in joyous sound

Pipe organ at St John's

and mystical revelations

Celebrating Christmas

Symbolic representations of a greater truth

Stained Glass window 2

Meant to inspire those within

Cross at St. John's

Click on the link below to learn more about this amazing church and its mission

St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stained Glass reflection

 Easton PA opens its doors to a myriad of local sub-communities and groups seeking support and collaboration.  I am a part of one of these groups.

Chasing Beauty – A Pennsylvania Sunset

Before the veil of night falls

Sculpture and the moon

Before the landscape fades to black

Pennsylvania abandoned barn

Colors mingle – merge

Sunset 12/27/2014

To create a symphony of color

Sunset December 27, 2014 #2

Linger a moment too long

Sunset December 27, 2014 #3

Darkness descends

A Glimpse into an American Home

As a child my parents would drive through neighborhoods and I would be mesmerized by the lights that adorned the eves and trees that surrounded neighboring homes.  As I grew older we would continued to drive through neighborhoods but I found myself trying to peek through unobstructed windows to see how others chose to decorate their homes for the holidays.  Today you will not need to drive slowly nor strain your eyes to see what’s behind closed doors.  You are welcomed to enter and see how one American family adds Christmas magic to their home!

An old barn door becomes the focus of the side entrance

An old door that was part of the barn now greets holiday visitors near the side door entrance

 

Walk through thr front door and into the diningroom.  here a vintage tinsel tree adorns the entryway.

Walk through the front door and into the dining room.. Here a vintage tinsel tree adorns the entryway.

 

Our dining room hosts our Santa collection

Our dining room hosts our Santa collection

The dining room table is a bit of vintage and a bit of primitive

The dining room table is a bit of vintage and a bit of primitive

Leaving the dining room we can go into the living room or upstairs

Leaving the dining room we can go into the living room or upstairs

Upstairs two guest rooms await visiting family

Upstairs two guest rooms await visiting family

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Into the livingingroom

Into the living room

A photo of our potting shed adds a holiday touch to our holiday village

A photo of our potting shed adds a holiday touch to our holiday village

Our family Christmas tree is located in  the three season porch turned into a year round family room

Our family Christmas tree is located in the three season porch turned into a year round family room

Vintage ornaments

Vintage ornaments

Outside the gardens are shared by primitives created by my husband

Outside the gardens are shared by primitives created by my husband

Garden Christmas decorations

Holiday swags

Holiday swags

Happy Holidays!

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