Through the Year 2014, January through June

Through the Year 2014   January through June.

Jan patio 2014

1/14/2014

DSC04275Long blue shadows

2/18 at 4:24 pm  Long blue shadows add interest and beauty to the landscape.

table on west side w: snow

3/1/14  12:24 pm  More snow!

march patio

3//20/14  Bleak isn’t it?  Now that the Redbuds are large enough to give summer shade, I’m going to plant ephemerals and other shade-loving wildflowers under the trees for early spring interest–Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Great White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum), and more Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia).

winter aconite 2014

3/30/14  Spring is here!  When I moved some Virginia Bluebells here from my old house, some Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis) tubers came with them.  They are indigenous to Europe; they are not, however, invasive, and I welcome them as the earliest flower to bloom (hyemalis means winter-flowering). They are ephemeral and deer-proof.
bloodroot 4:11

4/11/2014  Bloodroot  (Sanguinaria canadensis) is the earliest-blooming native in my gardens.  The gold-centered, open stars appear briefly in the open spring sunshine of woodlands as early as my birthday, March 17, in 2012, but usually in early April.

more snow april

Not again?  More snow!  April 14, 2011

savanna garden May

5/13/14  Savanna Garden in May in partial shade.  Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media), and Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) in a matrix of various sedges.
blue & white garden along west side walk

June Garden  White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha), Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), with Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) make a beautiful blue and white combination.  This photo was taken  6/10/2011.

 To be continued…

 

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7 Responses to Through the Year 2014, January through June

  1. Ginger Duncan December 30, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    Great pictures! Looking at them helps us all realize how quickly Spring will come around again.
    I love the change of seasons, but it sure is nice to see the bright green grass in your Spring pictures. Hope you have a Happy & healthy 2015 🙂 Ginger

    • Pat Hill December 30, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      Spring was slow in getting here last year–we had our last snow in April!

  2. Sue Harney December 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I never noticed how blue the shadows are on the snow until I saw a painting with …blue shadows on snow. Great pictures.

    • Pat Hill December 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      Not easy to catch with a camera; the light and the time–late afternoon– has to be just right, so I’m thrilled when I pull it off.

  3. Jason December 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    It was very aggravating how winter just wouldn’t leave this year. Great pictures, though. Winter aconite is a nice spring flower, as is the bloodroot.

  4. Suzanne Massion December 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Pat, I love marching through your garden, season by season. Blue shadows on snow are also a challenge for an artist to paint. Snow is like a shattered mirror, millions of pieces reflecting what? Usually a cerulean blue sky. Low angle winter sun creates blue, some times purple shadows in ruts and depressions. Sounds technical, but you need the sun to make the shadows.

  5. Mary Alice Masonick January 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Lovely photos of the evolving seasons, Pat! Thank you.

    I loved last year, appreciating the good effects of an intense and extensive winter, then exulting in the lengthy florescence of a mild summer.

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