August 29, 2010
End August – and despite a (final?) cold spell during the week, spring moves in relentlessly. The poplars are silvery green with new leaf in the stand across the valley. The cutting, which continues the Beech Borders axis, is blue with hydrangeas in summer. I love the simplicity of this composition in all seasons.
Of all the many blossoms, Prunus nigra is both one of the earliest and of the most beautiful. This particular strain is white with a touch of burgundy about the base of the petal to match the young leaves and calyxes. Spring seems to literally be shining forth from the darkness of winter here…
September 9, 2009
Blossom time – and therefore a perfect excuse to have two pics this week!
September 6, 2009
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Many of the oaks are a limy yellow and abuzz with billions of bees tending to the fleeting flowers; the willows and swamp cypresses glow against the light, a green so clean it can only be spring… (sorry; corny moment; it reminds of a poem I loved to teach about trying to write a poem that doesn’t rhyme, but it keeps rhyming. Should find it and post it!
This afternoon from my parents’ veranda I took the following picture…
Backlit afternoon view from my parents' veranda
The driveway crosses just beyond a narrow strip of lawn. A little further the main lawn lies below a brick retaining wall. To the left of the picture a pair of box plants in pots mark the top of the staircase that divides the Upper Rosemary Border into two. To their left a clipped Abelia ‘Francis Mason’ and beyond them a strip of clipped endemic Hypericum; beyond that the swamp cypresses on the water’s edge. To the right of the swamp cypresses is a witch-hazel in full flower. It stands alone on the lawn. The various plants to the right of it are part of the Upper Rosemary Border
August 18, 2009
Spring - especially the early part - tends to be a bit schizo around here. It is the traditional tourist season, as we are known for our azaleas and blossoms on the mountain, but it tends to be all-colour-and-no-green. It is in fact my least favourite season. Which doesn't stop me from going totally overboard with my camera as though I was a tourist and not the rather sceptical observer of spring's excesses... this pic captures the strange combination of winter and colour that I speak of...