Beehive and Apple Tree

February 13, 2011

This is looking down below from our upstairs bedroom window.  It’s the view I wake up to every morning.  The apple tree is probably as old as our house, which was built in 1920.  We’ve never gotten an apple from it.  Behind the tree is the tremendously prolific blackberry thicket which also came with the house.  In the foreground is the patch of red raspberries I transplanted here from my childhood home in Connecticut.  Then there’s the beehive.  I need to clear the entrance of snow so that the bees can get out and stretch they’re wings this coming week; temperatures are predicted to reach the low 50s.

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Crows and Snow

February 10, 2011

Here is the view from our kitchen window.  Somewhere under all that snow is our deck.  Note the two crows; they were checking in at the compost snack bar which is there behind the garage.  That tangle trellised against the wall is clematis montana rubens intertwined with rose “Autumn Sunset”.  It will be vertical carpet of delicate rose-pink clematis blooms in spring, followed by the tropical-melon-yellow rose buds set lusciously against the purple-tinged clematis foliage.  It’s a stunning combination.

Garden in Winter

February 8, 2011

Moleskine page no.3Here we see my friend, the late-summer beauty Helianthus “Lemon Queen”, up to her many dry, dainty necks in snow.  This view is from our dining room window looking past the side garden toward the driveway and pines beyond.