Under a New Fallen Snow

There is a peace that permeates one’s being while walking through a garden after a new fallen snow.

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But along  with that peace comes a feeling of sadness as the realization of knowing another season comes to an end.

Blood Red Maple leaf on Praying Hands hosta

Endings may be not be what they appear

Purple Alyssum

Look into hidden corners of the garden and see what emerges from the snow cover ground

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Allow your eyes to be drawn to vibrant colors in an otherwise neutral landscape

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Rejoice in knowing this is not an end, only life passing through celestial cycles

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Beyond the Veil of Darkness

No moonlight illuminated the paths this night

The blackness appeared more intense like that of rich velvet

Yet I knew something waited just beyond

Vinca bud

Their scent was heightened by the their lack of visual beauty

Oriental Lily

I knew what I would find, but I did not know just as the blackness appeared more intense this night, so to were their colors

Turk's Cap Lily

Gerber Daisy

In previous years I’ve ventured out after dark

Please take a moment to see what past forays have revealed

Impending Darkness

Underwing

Just Beyond the Darkness

 

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

A Step Back in Time – the Gardens in May

More than shades of green

Lower Gardens Bowling ball sculpture
Lower gardens planted with hostas and natives surrounding the bowling ball pyramid

Gaia’s children awoke and reached towards the sun

Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower

Colors popped

Alliums beside the stream in the lower gardens
Alliums beside the stream in the lower gardens

Rainbows mimicked

Maddie in the gardens, violas and columbines
Maddie amongst the violas and columbines

The gardens in full bloom

Ragwort and Ajuga
Ragwort and Ajuga surrounding slate sculpture

 

Wine and Roses Weigela
Wine and Roses Weigela

 

 

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

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But never have Helleborus rose so confidently above a barren ground

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Projects begun and completed

A waiting game - bowling ball pyramid

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Dreams of those yet to come

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

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

Sumac berries
Sumac berries