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.
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.
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.
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.
With its beautiful purple flowers and hairy flower stems, Pulsatilla vulgaris is one of my favorite springtime flowers. Equally attractive are the plume-like seed heads that follow the flower.
I'm not sure which Daffodil this is as it came with the farm. However, whichever variety it is, it's a beautiful one with its delicate, almost pure white, petals.
It's always a sign of good things to come when I see Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) poking through the leaf litter.
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' is always the first tree to flower for us here at Juniper Hill.Read More
I couldn't resist photographing this mason jar filled with intense yellow daffodils.Read More
If the cold and snowy weather outside is not conducive for spring flowers, you need to buy a bunch and bring them into the studio to photograph.Read More