I have to admit that, here at Juniper Hill, we LOVE lilacs and by carefully selecting a variety of cultivars that flower in succession, we can extend the season of bloom for well over a month. Here’s a post from the blog’s archives that tells you exactly how we do it.
There are numerous legends surrounding the origin of the common name for many of the species of the genus Cornus known as dogwoods. In England, “dogwood” was thought to be a derivation of the term “doggerwood.” Because of the hardness and density of the wood, the trees were used to make “doggerwood,” or “dogs” which were used as skewers. Here in North America it is said that the Cherokee believed that a tiny race of people lived among the trees that they called “Dogwood People.” Whatever the origin of the name, all I can say is that the Dogwood trees in our little corner of the world are flowering now and that they are beautiful.
At this time of the year, I always get a kick out of the Actinidia kolomikta (Kiwi Vine) that hangs on the split rail fence at the east entrance to the garden because it looks like a prankster came through in the middle of the night and painted some of the leaves white. Of course, this is just the beginning of the coloration that the female Kiwi vine undergoes as it passes into summer.
Soon, by the end of June, the bright white leaves will begin to turn the most delicate pink (see next post). It takes several years for the plant to bear the small kiwi fruit and a male plant is required as a pollinator. Our male resides at the other end of the split rail fence and is rather plain looking when compared to the female.
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.
Temperatures took a real nose dive here over the Thanksgiving holiday but everyone stayed warm and cozy by the fire and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast. I hope you also had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.
The maples that drape over the rooftop of the Hidcote-inspired folly at Juniper Hill never fail to give their best in the autumn.
Autumn is a colorful time around the lilac garden at Juniper Hill.Read More
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ pokes its head up through the hostas.
We have several Japanese Maples scattered throughout the garden but my favorite has to be Acer palmatum ‘Watnong’ because of the many beautiful color changes it goes through during the course of the season.
The Robinson crabapples are strutting their stuff at the east entrance to the garden. The line of four crabapples separate the entry path and the wildflower meadow to the left.
Lots of fuzzy green growth on the trees means that Spring has finally arrived in New Hampshire.
It was so much fun collaborating once again with Andi Axman, John Hession, and the team at New Hampshire Home Magazine on their latest issue.Read More
During those days in February when the sun penetrates more deeply into the woods and our little rivulet is really flowing, I not only enjoy its soothing sound but also love to think about how the melting snow from our small woodland makes a tiny contribution to the great Atlantic.Read More
If you look past the more beastly aspects of a winter ice storm, you'll find great beauty in the landscape and garden.Read More
It was great fun working with writer Roberta Hershon and the team at Design New England Magazine on the feature on Juniper Hill that just appeared in their January/February issue. The magazine is available on newsstands now or you can check out an on-line version below. Thanks, Design New England!
I'm just loving all the interesting forms and textures in the November garden like these Monarda seed heads, especially when they are accompanied by some of the finer, more frillery grasses. Gone are all the bright colors of summer, now replaced by the more subtle browns and beiges so characteristic of this month.
It was great fun collaborating with writer, Roberta Hershon and all the folks at Traditional Home magazine on the fall feature on Juniper Hill, appearing in their October/November issue. For a peek at the article, click on the link below.Read More