I took this photo on May 25th last year. I doubt that we will be seeing any of these lovely little blue exclamation points in the meadow at the east entrance to the garden this year because every Camassia has been nibbled to the ground by critters. Camassias are known to be relatively deer resistant so I’m wondering if the damage can be attributed to several porcupines I have seen grazing in the general vicinity. If there’s one thing gardeners learn over the years, it’s how to deal with loss and move on from it. But, it’s been a tough year for moving on. Not just because of the occasional critter but it has been the worst year we have ever seen here for winter damage to the evergreens. Many boxwoods, rhododendrons, yews, junipers, and arborvitaes have either bit the dust or look like they could at any moment. All suffered from a very bad January. Nevertheless, after we are finished with the complaining, we know we will lace up the gardening boots, grab the spade, and get on with it.
Yes, it’s true the Daffodils are up but it has been one rainy, and rather chilly, day after another. As a matter of fact, it’s been the rainiest April on record! Fingers crossed that a proper and warn Spring is right around the corner.
Everyone needs a bunny sweater on Easter. Happy Easter!
Thanks New Hampshire Home Magazine for the cover shot on the May/June issue! It was a delight to work once again with Andi Axman, John Hession and the team at NHH on two stories in this month’s issue: Garden Designer’s Favorite Plants featuring Maude Odgers, Michael Gordon and Marc Hudson as well as the feature on Louisa Thoron’s beautiful garden in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Available on the newsstands now; digital edition at NHHomeMagazine.com.
Do you enjoy Instagram but spend most of your time on a desktop or laptop and find posting photos a pain? Well, now there is the Flume app which not only makes posting to Instagram from your Mac desktop or laptop easy but also offers even more functionality than you get with Instagram running on a phone or tablet.Read More
It has been a long time since I have given much thought to the mechanics of how we “organize",” or keep track of, the garden here at Juniper Hill so I thought I would do a quick walk through for folks who might want to adopt a system similar to ours.Read More
It’s been cut, it’s been forced, it’s flowering…might as well get artsy with it. I shot this vase of forced Forsythia through a grey background using just the ambient light from a side window which allowed me to expose the window behind the background. Then, to give the background a brushed metallic look to complement the stool, in Photoshop I added a layer of Adobe Paper Texture Pro just over the grey background, masking out the flowers, vase and stool.
I had such great fun shooting this session with Miss Claire! All you need to do is hand this girl a prop and, well, just check out the images below.
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With the unrelenting cold outside, at least it’s nice to have a little taste of Spring inside.
I have England and Spring on my mind today.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends and followers. Wishing you peace, happiness, and all the best in 2019!
This is the trail that enters our woodlot. Bordered by ancient stone walls, during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it was the coach road that connected the small towns of Greenfield and Francestown, New Hampshire. In the mid 1800's there wouldn't have been any trees here as land was cleared on both sides of the road for pasture during the Merino sheep craze that swept through New England at the time.
There was just some light snow last night and this morning but these powder coatings usually make for the best winter snow photos.