What a privilege it was to photograph the beautiful gardens of Russ and Prue Robertson in Dublin, New Hampshire. And, as always, it was such a pleasure working with writer Robin Sweetser, editors Andi Axman and John Hession, and the entire team at New Hampshire Home Magazine. Here are a few outtakes from the shoot. Copies of the magazine are available on newsstands now or you can check out the digital edition here.
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.
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.
There was just some light snow last night and this morning but these powder coatings usually make for the best winter snow photos.
I’m not really sure if this is a true potting shed or simply a gorgeous little shed/outbuilding. It sits at the very end of a long axis in the garden at Rodmarton Manor, one of the last untouched arts & crafts manor houses and gardens in England. I have always loved the way the two yew hedges flanking it have been carved out to accept the edges of the roofline.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ pokes its head up through the hostas.
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.
The gardens that give me the most pleasure are those that show a few battle scars of time.Read More
It's always a sign of good things to come when I see Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) poking through the leaf litter.
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
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.
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.