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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Jane's garden in Maine

comments (30) February 27th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Jane Donelon

Today's photos are from Jane Donelon in Maine. She says, "For the past 50 years I've been living and gardening in Maine. I'm an avid gardener, as are both of my grown children, and we have fun gardening together when we visit each other. They've helped me with some big projects you'll see. I LOVE viewing all the garden COLOR you've been featuring lately, but here in Maine, it is still winter...storming outside at this very moment! Although I love gardening in every season, I especially appreciate the beauty that a snowy winter brings to our long season. I'm sending you a few photos of my back garden in winter.
        My garden shed practically disappears beneath the arched, snow-laden boughs of the birch that thrives in the adjacent bog. The snow makes the vines of clematis, golden hops, and wisteria covering the shed look like frosting on a cake. After each storm I hurry outside in hopes of capturing the delicate shadows reflected on the fresh snow....like the arbor. Through it you see a gate to the woodland built by my son from driftwood he found at a nearby beach. Nearby is the wildflower circle my daughter created for me on Mother's Day many years ago. My earliest hellebore is planted here with other spring treasures. This elegant hellebore, 'Winter Rose', is often in bud in late December. Its lovely blooms of white and pale pink deepen and usually last well into May, making it the longest blooming flower in my garden.
       The sun sets over the back hill where the woodland path carved by my son is now covered with deep snow. Below it hydrangea blossoms laden with snow drape toward the stone fireplace. Here I set my indoor plants in the summer and bird houses in the winter. Looking out through my sunroom window is an overview of the left rear garden from the inside-out on a stormy day.
       And finally, what happens in spring: below the birch (now more upright) the bog fills up with Primula japonica cvs., which have naturalized themselves, Caltha, Euphorbia, Persicaria bistorta 'Superba', Trollius, Filipendula 'Aurea' and 'Variegata' , Rodgersia, ferns, and hostas, as well as other bog-lovers. On the hill behind, solomon seal blooms with azaleas in many intense shades... COLOR, at last!" Jane, your words are just as beautiful as your garden. What a wonderful winter garden, followed by a spectacular vision of spring! The contrast is breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Comments (30)

mitiggi writes: what a beutiful garden. Thank you for sharing Posted: 5:14 pm on June 14th
carolakxxx writes: Beautiful garden and loved the descriptions.
Posted: 3:53 pm on February 28th
dadeo1 writes: love the garden in snow ! would love to see more pics like this of other gardens..the summer/winter contrast. out here in sunny california we are just about to hit 80 in the next few days. narcissus and dafs are blooming and fruit trees are just about to break. alas, enjoy your 4 seasons ! ! amazing pics !! Posted: 12:38 pm on February 28th
chrispnpt writes: I have garden shed envy!!! The winter scenes would make a lovely painting. In spring the garden is even more picturesque. Posted: 9:45 pm on February 27th
JaneEliz writes: Yes, not all hellebores face down. I have read that most do because they must protect their pollen from the blustery weather of winter. Fortunately they are gorgeous both inside and outside. Posted: 8:01 pm on February 27th
joycedaffodilhill writes: This is a lovely garden, made and enjoyed by a lovely gardener and her family. I am sure the summer is just as lovely. Hope you will send some more pictures
in the spring and summer so we can all enjoy your efforts and joys. Posted: 3:20 pm on February 27th
tntreeman writes: wish i could go to the plant sale. maybe the bus tour will stop on the way to sheila's in Newfoundland. i love meeting the people who have created their gardens Posted: 1:38 pm on February 27th
jennabean writes: I would love to have just one good snow this season, those photos are just wonderful. How sweet, all the work your children have put into the garden... fabulous. Posted: 12:23 pm on February 27th
Happily_Gardening writes: Enchanting!
Posted: 12:07 pm on February 27th
janetsfolly writes: Yes, Jane, you are an artist, in word and in light. I love the top right photo, would title that 'Deep Winter'! Please send more photos of your play with color :-). I, too, enjoyed the stories of your kids' gardening gifts. Gives me a good idea for coming Mothers' Day, thanks! Posted: 11:47 am on February 27th
wittyone writes: Jane, the bog garden next to your shed is enchanting. I've tried to grow a good many of those plants (I especially love that variety of primrose) with little success. Just don't have a wet enough spot to make a go of it.

Lucky you, to have two gardenwise helpers when help is needed. The gate your son made is lovely. Posted: 10:26 am on February 27th
JaneEliz writes: MY garden is in Brunswick, Me. It is 'open' every year , for an hour or so , during my annual plant sale, Plants for Peace. This year the date will be May 18 and 19 from 9-10 a.m. Send me your email and I'll add you to my Plant Sale Hotline. There is a LOT in bloom at that time in my garden incl. many more hellebores, early clematis and diff. akebia vines, asst. primula, columbine, many wild flowers, spring bulbs and much more. Posted: 10:19 am on February 27th
JaneEliz writes: I don't have deer in my area. Sorry I can't help you about whether the bog plants I mentioned are deer-resistant. Posted: 10:04 am on February 27th
pattyspencer writes: @Antonio_Reis - I don't think the site "has" to be that way - I've only loggged in once in the last 2 weeks.

@Tractor1 - That being said - if you've cleared out your history then a lot of times sites will not remember you and make you log in.

All that being said - I've had issues in the past where almost every day I've had to log in then will go weeks (like now) that I don't have to. So I'm guessing it's more of a site issue than on our end. Posted: 9:58 am on February 27th
cwheat000 writes: Just lovely! You make me want to run outside and check my hellebores. Most of mine don't start till March here in CT. I did purchase one with the bloom period you mentioned, but I haven't planted it outside yet. It is still blooming ,since Christmas ,in my cool laundry room. You created some beautiful pictures. You make me long for one good last snowstorm. Posted: 9:24 am on February 27th
bee1nine writes: rosynk- My chances of having deer is very slim where I live!
(not enough woodland to roam). Even though helebores are
considered poisonous,deer could eat them, certainly if
hungry enough. Have read where this has happened! Posted: 9:23 am on February 27th
Antonio_Reis writes: Sorry about the login frequency, Tractor1, but that's just the way the site is built. Posted: 9:14 am on February 27th
pattyspencer writes: Thanks for the beautiful snow pictures and what it hids underneith.

I may have to get a hellebore or 2 - I think there are some with the flower looking up (instead of down) Posted: 9:06 am on February 27th
rosynk writes: Beautiful garden! Just wondered if the bog plants named are challenged by deer browsing. I have an area where these plants could work but have lots of deer. Posted: 8:24 am on February 27th
tractor1 writes:

Why won't the Log-In Remember Me???

Jane enhanced...
Cold Crow:
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Crystal Palace:
http://i54.tinypic.com/v42f4m.jpg
Vernal Sublimity:
http://i53.tinypic.com/wkpxec.jpg

Posted: 8:12 am on February 27th
tractor1 writes:

Terrific captures, great composition and clarity. I too love the snowscapes, all the seasons compliment each other, like time lapse photography in real time. I woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of pristine white and it's still snowing here in the northern Catskills. Enchanting, thank you, Jane.

Posted: 7:58 am on February 27th
caymanmama writes: I decided my first comment ever would be to someone with as mush snow as we have in Ct.! Beautiful shots and I feel hopeful that my hellebors will be uncovered soon! I can't wait to see more of your garden in spring! Thanks! Posted: 7:56 am on February 27th
meander1 writes: Jane, your words and pictures took me on such a delightful journey...thank you...and you're so right about unique quality of shadows on snow...they are magical. The vision of the hellebore buds nudging up through the snow reminded me of a small child playing pee-a-boo with a grown up and the mutual delight that results in. Posted: 7:46 am on February 27th
mainer59 writes: What lovely winter pictures and description! How apt to see it today when it is snowing yet again. I am so glad you included a picture of your summer color, too. A lot can be said for the changes we have with 4 seasons. Where in Maine are you located? Posted: 7:33 am on February 27th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Even before I read Michelle's comment, I had decided I was going to make a non-garden comment: your prose is beautiful. It really enhanced my enjoyment of your picturesque garden. Posted: 7:27 am on February 27th
bee1nine writes: Wow! A Winter 'Wonderland,'indeed! Noticed your Helebore
plant poking through the snow(bottom left photo). They truly
take the harsh conditions exceptionally well. I, myself, have
a few blooming now.
Thank you Jane, and stay warm safe!:) Posted: 7:20 am on February 27th
wGardens writes: Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. Lovely too, that you have portions of your gardens that are built with your loving children's hands. Makes it extra special! Posted: 6:38 am on February 27th
marciaelaine writes: absolutely beautiful pictures and her description of the garden made it seem like you were there. Posted: 6:33 am on February 27th
marciaelaine writes: absolutely beautiful pictures and her description of the garden made it seem like you were there. Posted: 6:33 am on February 27th
tntreeman writes: i'm loving these black/white photos of the snow garden and the family history of the plantings. i do not get regular snowfall here and it doesn't last long when i do but the winter personalities of the plants and beds are always a welcome sight,,,,,,,,,,,,for awhile Posted: 5:25 am on February 27th
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