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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
The light snowfall we had on Tuesday presented an entirely different "winter look" to the red barn, with the Japanese Maples and Dogwood still holding onto their leaves. All of the leaves will soon drop to the ground and, except for the bright red of the barn, this view will appear much more like a black and white image.
Even before winter is fully upon us, the flower buds of Magnolia x loeberni 'Leonard Messel' offer the promise of Spring.Read More
It got a bit slushy by the frog pool yesterday as the snow began to melt. We don't usually do much fall cleanup of leaves in this area because it is surrounded by so many oaks and maples that continually drop their leaves in the fall. Plus, I like all the color that the leaves provide when strewn over the ground; even now, when they've turned a delicious copper-brown color. In the spring we will drain the pond completely, rake out all of the leaves and give the area a good cleanup in preparation for the new families of amphibians that will take up residence here.