Visitors to the Gardens

As much as I love the flora of a garden, the fauna is why I plant. The creatures of Gaia’s world are welcomed, no, encouraged to jump the garden-gate and enjoy the fruits of labor. Some I have planted, some they have shared.  If I find there is something they like that I also cherish, I have learned to give it up and plant something we can both enjoy. 

Each month someone new emerges or enters. The diversity of color, shape and  purpose is mesmerizing.

JANUARY 2018 Mourning doves on Staghorn sumac
JANUARY 2018 doves on Staghorn sumac
FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Entwined garter snakes
FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Entwined garter snakes
MARCH 22, 2018 Male cardinal on Norway pine
MARCH 22, 2018 Male cardinal on Norway pine
APRIL 12, 2018 female bullfrog
APRIL 12, 2018 female bullfrog
MAY 21, 2018 Female Baltimore Oriole in Honeysuckle bush
MAY 21, 2018 Female Baltimore Oriole in Honeysuckle bush
Male Baltimore Oriole on sumac June 4, 2018

Male Baltimore Oriole on sumac June 4, 2018

 

JULY 12, 2018 Redtail hawk
JULY 12, 2018 Redtail hawk
AUGUST 26, 2018 Saddleback caterpillar
AUGUST 26, 2018 Saddleback caterpillar
AUGUST 7, 2018 Black swallowtail butterfly
AUGUST 7, 2018 Black swallowtail butterfly

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 Blinded Sphinx moth caterpillar
SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 Blinded Sphinx moth caterpillar
SEPTEMBER 2018 Red-bellied woodpecker on sumac

SEPTEMBER 2018 Red-bellied woodpecker on sumac
OCTOBER 23, 2018 Garter snake in lower gardens
OCTOBER 23, 2018 Garter snake in lower gardens
OCTOBER 23, 2018 Wolf spider on fallen tree

OCTOBER 23, 2018 Wolf spider on fallen tree
NOVEMBER 1, 2018 Wild turkey
NOVEMBER 1, 2018 Wild turkey in oak tree
DECEMBER 19, 2018 Bluebird and Downy woodpecker on sumac

DECEMBER 19, 2018 Bluebird and Downy woodpecker on sumac

 

 

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Intimate Spaces

 

Vegetable garden
Vegetable garden

A garden for a gardener is a reflection

Sitting area in the lower gardens
Seating area in the lower gardens

A reflection of who they are

potting shed in July
Potting Shed in July

Each bed is a piece of a puzzle once completed mirrors the gardener’s soul

Standing stone and hosta Whirlwnd
Standing stone and hosta Whirlwind

A piece of planned chaos – a piece of chromatic flora – a piece of neutral shades

Outside the back door
Outside the back door

 

Rain Garden behind home
Rain Garden behind home

 

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Come, walk the garden paths and meet me

The labryinth garden
The labyrinth garden

 

Looking down on  lower gardens
Looking down on lower gardens

 

Deer sculpture an way to lower gardens
Deer sculpture on way to lower gardens

 

Hosta Herifu and the pyramid
Hosta Herifu and the pyramid

The Last of the Winter’s Snow

It began as dusk descended, as fine as the sand on a crescent beach

The light from passing cars reflected their crystalline structure

These wind-blown diamonds struck my cheeks It felt as though a thousand pins had assaulted me

Soon the wind died and the snow crystals  were attracted to one another as the north and south poles of a magnet

They cascaded  bumping into one another combining to create snowflakes 

The night was no longer dark – White enveloped the landscape

I awoke to a quiet stillness

snow February 18, 2018

Snow 2 February 18, 2018

Snow 3 February 18, 2018 wind sculpture

Snow 5 February 18, 2018

Snow 4 February 18, 2018

Snow 6 February 18, 2018

 

sunrise snow February 18, 2018

More Than Ice

I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens.  An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.

Lady BugJack-in-the-Pulpit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter offers an entirely new perspective challenge. Void of the rainbow of colors and abundance of life found in other seasons, winter’s gifts must be sought out.

Ice Crystals

I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.

Winter landscape of snow

When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.

Snowy Winter's night

Beauty abounds.

Icycle on evergreen

Bluebifd in the snow on sumac

An alternate view of the world can be found at

Tootlepedal’s Blog A look at life in the borders.

Across a vast ocean he too looks for unique and unusual. Take a moment to take a bike ride with him

via his post Slow Progress

 

September in Maine – Day One

The thought of seven hours in the car seemed daunting in the early hours that Thursday morning. But as I watched the fog burn off and the blue sky emerge time passed swiftly as did the trees and buildings outside the car window. As we crossed the border between New Hampshire and Maine familiar vignettes appeared.  Memories long placed on dusty shelves in my mind were now retrieved  and brought into the light of day.

That first glimpse of the ocean made every molecule of my being dance. After meeting our most gracious host and checking into Haven by the Sea

I walked, almost floated, to the sea’s edge.  Here is what I saw that first day…

Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Plover, Shore birds on the beach, Wells Maine
Plovers amongst the rocks on the beach at Wells
Seaweeds Weeds, Maine
Various sea plants and weeds Wells, Maine
Periwinkles on rocks, Wells, Maine
Periwinkle shells on rocks, Wells Maine
Kelp Wells, Maine
Kelp, Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Reflection
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Homes beachside Wells, Maine
Homes beachside, Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine

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A Walk Beyond the Garden

The garden has become familiar.

I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.

I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.

Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…

A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.

Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.

Across the street, next to the homestead,

a cow rests in the barn.

Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.

Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.

As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon  the dairy  farm

and pass homes decorated for Halloween.

My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia.