Saturday, February 9, 2013

Recalling Landscape Tapestries of Summer Twenty-Twelve

While many are shoveling out from deep blankets of snow-drifts, I would like to escape our white wintry hillside by recalling landscape tapestries of summer twenty-twelve. Storms of blossoms unfurl throughout the spring and summer here at Flower Hill Farm attracting pollinators, birds and other beasts to our gardens, fields and forest. It is this living tapestry of color, texture, fragrance and sounds that inspired me to create this blog four years ago . . . February 6, 2009.

Over the last four years I feel I have grown as a photographer, writer and gardener from sharing the virtual world of gardens and nature with all of you. Lovely and brilliant fellow blogger Sarah of Sarah expressed it so perfectly in her sixth anniversary post when she wrote . . .  "What I see, I want to share with you. I do not walk alone in the snowy fields thanks to your company."

It is a joy to see the snowy fields of Maine through Sarah's eyes, as it is to see the opulent world of fellow bloggers and now dearest of friends Jane and Lance of the acclaimed Hattatt Budapest and Brighton blog. Blogging builds bridges to worlds we might never have known. It connects kindred spirits and activists for wildlife and I am so honored to know and be a co-author with so many talented gardeners and photographers on Carole Sevilla Brown's Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog and Ken Billington's  Focusing on Wildlife blog. I have just published the fifteenth installment of 'A Bestiary' which is a compilation of many tales regarding the wildlife that share Flower Hill Farm.

I want especially to thank all those of you who continue to visit and grace this blog with your thoughtful words even though I am not able to reciprocate as I once did. To gracious Eva, who has been with me since the beginning, who has no blog or link to share, please know that I am so deeply appreciative of your words of wisdom and endless support that always touches me to the core and inspire so much more.

The riot of life in these image memories is in such contrast to the cold and raw world that actually barricades me inside right now. I do have one door that opens inside but would have to trek through hip high drifts to get to other doors to shovel . . . and shoveling is not something I can do anymore either. Someone will arrive today or tomorrow to clear doorways and pathways, as well as, uncovering my little car. Having this medium to reach out to the world is fabulous anytime, but now, being literally 'snowed in', I appreciate it all the more. I am so grateful for not losing power and feel so for those who have. May it be restored quickly.



VW said...

I love to see your gardening - it's on a larger scale than mine, and you have such wonderful views outside the garden!

Diana Studer said...

I've followed your link to Hattatt, and seen your photos there!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your bit of paradise here on earth is always lovely to see. Colors, critters, clouds and so much more.

Thank you for a peak into your world.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

marijke said...

Love to see the paradise you live in. I hope you will be free of the snow in short time. thanks for sharing all your beauty with us.
Have a wonderful day

Eva said...

Being "snowed in" has indeed been given a new meaning for us New Englanders.

It is clear how much this medium has enlarged not only your world—but the worlds of your many admirers. As I began reading your anniversary post, I felt a bit on the outside—though not in a bad way. I admire so much the hard work and the dedication that you and your fellow bloggers manifest. But when you mentioned me by name . . . me, trying to be rather incognito . . . well, I just don't know what to say. Except that it has been my absolute pleasure. I never leave without learning something significant.

Rosemary said...

You are surrounded by beautiful countryside and a lovely garden.
I agree with your sentiments - blogging does help to improve ones use of words and helps photography skills. It is also very rewarding to make contact with different people from around the globe.
Isn't it wonderful, that even though you are snow bound in your home you can still link up with your friends?

Sarah Laurence said...

I was wondering how you fared in the blizzard. That's good to hear you have help digging out. After all that white, it's a nice change to see a flashback to color here. Thank you for your kind words about my anniversary post. I've so enjoyed getting to know you, the Hattatts and others through blogging. A happy 4 to you!

Joanne said...

Wonderful photos Carol I am so pleased I popped by. I don't find time these days for garden blogs perhaps one day I will when Lyme disease awareness is no longer necessary because people and doctors know all about it.

I hope your snow is soon past and you are soon able to get out and enjoy nature. Things are beginning to grow here buds and bilbs perhaps I will be inspired to do a garden post soon!

Hugs Joanne

Lisa said...

Oh what a joy to see your pictures ! I do think you live in paradise ! Until I reed that about `snowed in´ even paradise has its flaws...
Hope you get rid of the snow soon :-)
Thanks for sharing so much beauty !
Lisa/Lisas garden, Sweden.

HELENE said...

You have a lovely garden, and that view is to die for! Sorry to hear that you are snowed in, being from Norway myself I can fully appreciate how much work it can be when it is really bad.

I have lived in london the last 13 years and really like the climate and way of gardening here. I am housebound due to medical problems and I also feel that blogging has given me a new dimention in life. I have met so many nice and interesting people, and visited so many beautiful gardens the last 2 years :-)
Take care, Helene.

sweetbay said...

Your summer tapestries are gorgeous! As is your new header. It's breathtaking!

I am so glad that you decided to share your world with us.

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

You have the most romantic garden of all of us Carol. I'm glad you're able to share it with us in the middle of winter like this.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Brrrrrr, just thinking of your lush landscape being under feet of snow, is tough for me. But, I know that it nourishes the soil, replenishes water tables, protects your plants, and so much more. I would love to see the beauty of it (out your window).

Looking at your lush, lush photos makes me yearn for New England in summer, but it will come SOON.

Is it possible that your photos get better & better?

Love and best to you,


Anja said...

Kära Carol!
Amazing shots! Just - beautiful!
And Carol, thank YOU for all the nice encouragement of words over the years. I hope for many more years...

Kram, Anja

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Dearest Carol:
This is, through words and images, such a wonderful celebration of four years of blogging. And we know, that in all that time, you have maintained the highest of standards both through what you have had to say and the most beautiful way of illustrating your posts. Your concern for Nature, for the environment, indeed for the world, are exemplary and are an inspiration to us all.

But what for us is the most precious gift that you bring to all your readers and Followers is your unqualified kindness, generosity and concern for others where self is always secondary to the needs of others. To have you as a friend and to know you as we do we consider to be a huge privilege. You have enriched our lives, as you do the lives of so many others, and continue so to do and for this we are so grateful.

We send all of our love on this occasion and look forward to your continued participation in the Blogosphere.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Beautiful, Carol! I do hope you weren't too inundated with the recent snow storm! I have family in central Massachusetts, and some of the storm totals were impressive to say the least! These images look so much more inviting!

Tammie Lee said...

snowed in, my goodness.
long ago when i dreamed of moving to Montana I subscribed to three Montana magazines. they piled high! I remember one article in particular. It was winter and to go to the barn to feed the animals the man walked on snow that was higher than his orchard and would go in the top door of his barn, second floor! Living in Calif, that was a LOT of snow! It has not been like that since i have lived here.... but snow does happen, wind and rain too. Nature is an amazing entity. I am glad you had power too and then help coming to shovel.

it is snowing here, lightly. Yet we can all feel spring lightly nudging her way in.

sending a warm smile.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Carol, your tapestries are fantastic!
At the end of the winter, I keep thinking how important color is in our life. Sun and color.
Picture #4 - is it cimicifuga (center left)? I discovered it recently and had my first plant blooming last summer. It was beautiful. You have so many of them and they look great!

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