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.
I don't know the variety of this crabapple. It's ancient and was here long before we were. However, it's the most prolific fruit producer of any crabapple in the garden.
This mature Japanese Maple was already here and well established when we moved to the farm and it was quite large then. I’m not sure what variety it is. Most likely ‘Bloodgood.’ Whatever the cultivar, it puts on quite a show every fall and it’s always a bright landmark whether you’re driving to or from the farm.
Cemeteries in New England were often planted with maple trees and thus make very colorful spots in the fall.Read More
A row of maples in a wet area at the foot of Crotched Mountain in Francestown, New Hampshire begin to turn color before many of the surrounding trees located on drier land.
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' is always the first tree to flower for us here at Juniper Hill.Read More
I have walked by this clump of Yews many times but the late afternoon light, a beautiful winter sky, and a light snow cover gave it an entirely new look and appeal.Read More
On the day after Thanksgiving, I'd rather avoid the black Friday madness and instead clear my head and stretch my legs with a walk in the woods.Read More
I shot the image of this tree in the fog almost ten years ago. Even though it was taken in the early spring, it exemplified the mood I was feeling on this rainy November day before Thanksgiving.Read More
Even before winter is fully upon us, the flower buds of Magnolia x loeberni 'Leonard Messel' offer the promise of Spring.Read More
Even with little snow this year, there were still many other interesting things worth capturing on camera and this winter I was particularly captivated by the variety of colors and textures in the bark of trees that are scattered throughout, and around, the garden.Read More