Friday, December 21, 2012

Seasons Greetings

Happy Holidays to all of our Juniper Hill 
blog readers, Facebook and Twitter friends!

Joe, Paula...
Farm Manager, Caleb Corgi...
Assistant Managers and Vermin Consultants, Chelsea Cat and Wendellberry...
Our legal team, Louisa Goat, Charlotte Goat and Emily Goat from the law firm
Oberhasli, Oberhasli &Oberhasli...
the woolly Baa-Ram-Ewe Board of Directors...
and all the barnyard employees at Juniper Hill.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Winter Tour of Juniper Hill

If you are fortunate enough to walk in a garden which looks and feels good in mid-winter, you will realize that it does so because of its use of space, the patterns created by its paths and walls, the shapes of its shrubs, the shadows of its evergreens and the silhouettes of its tree trunks and twisted branches.--Rosemary Verey, The Garden In Winter.

I love the garden in winter!  You get to enjoy all the beauty without any of the work.  The bright flower colors of summer are gone, replaced by a much more subtle and earthy palette of tans, beiges, and reddish-browns, which appeal to me.  And if your garden has the good structure that Rosemary Verey talks about, evergreens can look stunning, so dark and deep green, especially against the backdrop of a gentle snowfall like the one that occurred here this week. That first real snowfall is special and I couldn't wait to grab my camera and snap some photos around the garden.  To join me on a winter tour of the gardens here at Juniper Hill, 
just click on the photo of the gate below.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wait, Wait...I'm Not Ready!

Every year at this time, the holidays seem to run together
and Christmas sneaks up on me.
Its an old trick of Saint Nick, I think.
And before I can say "just charge it on Visa,"
It's time to hang the holiday wreaths...
and then it's here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who Let The Sheep Out? The Town Pound

The town pound in Lyndeborough, NH dates from 1774
The modern animal shelter that houses homeless or abandoned animals owes its beginnings to the animal pound which dates to medieval times.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Gallery

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet and artist who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848.  His work is said to be a major precursor to the Aesthetic movement which became prominent in Europe during the 19th century.  Rossetti's paintings were characterized by their sensuality and medieval revivalism.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside


There is hardly ever an ugly moment in the garden.  Even during the dead of winter, if your garden has good structure, there will be plenty of winter interest to carry you through until the spring thaw. Some of the most beautiful moments in the garden come during the early stages of winter when, on a chilly morning, a light frost can make a plant sparkle as if it were a jewel.  There is sleet and freezing rain, which can down power lines and wreak havoc on the roadways, but can transform a tree into a crystal chandelier.  And, there are those occasional early snowfalls that will catch a few of the flowering plants still in their prom dresses, but can make everything look like a scene right out of the Nutcracker.  To see some early winter images that were captured in the garden here at Juniper Hill (many by Karl Smizer), click on the photo above.
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