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Parched jungle

Parched jungle

Can a garden be an overgrown jungle and parched at the same time? It's August; judge for yourself.


Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans

Maryland's state flower is the Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), a drought-tolerant perennial and member of the daisy family.


Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink


Columbine early in the morning

Columbine early in the morning

It was so overcast when I shot this before heading off to work this morning, that the auto-flash was set off. Columbine and Lily of the Valley in a raised bed, from above.


Columbine in bloom

Columbine in bloom


More tulips

More tulips

See that small, unpainted ramshacke structure between the two red buildings (the barn and the workshop)? That's the incredibly decripit outhouse. I like having it around, even though it only has three walls nowadays.


Tulips and clematis

Tulips and clematis


Lilacs

Lilacs

Soooo fragrant!


Bleeding heart

Bleeding heart

Sometimes plants just pop up and we've no idea where they came from. This Bleeding Heart was an unexpected surprise in a shady nook of our garden this year.


Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

They are indescribably beautiful.


Trunk blossoms

Trunk blossoms

Everything wants to bloom!


White violets

White violets

We get tons of purple and white violets. They are so invasive, they are actually a nuisance. But a pretty one.


Ornamental cherry

Ornamental cherry

The downside of our location: the road is right there. The acres are out back.


And yet more daffodils!

And yet more daffodils!

Here's a front bed.... and there were tons more. Someone worked hard. Ah, but now they need dividing....


So many more daffodils

So many more daffodils

Here's another corner....


So many daffodils

So many daffodils

The whole side of our house was full of daffodils in bloom this spring.


Barn in early spring

Barn in early spring


Overcast spring day

Overcast spring day

Dramatic skies make ready for spring showers. The splashes of yellow are daffodils.


Thanksgiving morning, 2004

Thanksgiving morning, 2004

Storms cleared up briefly on Thanksgiving morning. The light and the clouds were something to behold.


End of an October day

End of an October day


Across the way

Across the way


Autumn across the road

Autumn across the road


At the trough

At the trough

Mr. White enjoys sneaking a drink from the donkey's trough, which he prefers to his water bowl. The trough is filled with rain water, so there's no chlorine taste and he likes not having his whiskers touching the sides of his bowl while he drinks. (Believe me, he has a thing about his whiskers.)


Red barn in early october

Red barn in early october

I loves me a red barn. Barns must be good for the soul.

This style is known as a "bank barn" because of the embankment that leads to the main level. It was built with wood pegs, but has since been shored up with lots of metal bracing.


Foggy morning

Foggy morning

Unusually foggy mornings in August reminded us of coastal Maine...


Early autumn

Early autumn

A photo from September 26, 2004.


Manger

Manger


Our woodpile

Our woodpile

It feels good knowing that we've got enough wood squared away to heat the house this winter. We'll put some more up, if for no other reason than we have it already down out back, courtesy of last summer's storms. The plastic sheeting on the ground is in preparation for a delivery of gravel to help level out the area and make way for a parking pad at one end.


Sad sight

Sad sight


Barn from the kitchen, August 2004

Barn from the kitchen, August 2004


Groundhog hole, Summer 2004

Groundhog hole, Summer 2004

The accursed groundhog re-opened the burrow that I plugged up with paving stones last year.


Southside garden, Summer 2004

Southside garden, Summer 2004

I haven't had nearly as much time for it as I'd like, but I'm loving the garden this year.


Daylily, from the north side, 2004

Daylily, from the north side, 2004


Daylilies at their peak, 2004

Daylilies at their peak, 2004

The entire front of the house was awash with daylilies earlier this summer.


Barn, early 2004

Barn, early 2004

The cedar, the old silver maple,and part of a crabapple frame our barn and show off their flocked limbs in the bright morning.


Barn beams

Barn beams

From the outside, our barn looks solid and massive. From the inside, you can see just how airy it is. (And you can see our kayaks, too.)


Barn and dogwood in autumn 2002

Barn and dogwood in autumn 2002

An old red barn in any season is a joy to behold.


Barn, early 2004

Barn, early 2004

The sunny blue skies after the snow were like a gift. See the snow on the clothesline, making a "smile" across the front of the barn?


Barn - sideview

Barn - sideview

We took this photo during our first visit to the Ol' Farmette as prospective buyers. It was Spring 2002, the daffodils were spent, but the dogwood was in bloom, and the Japanese iris were about to come into their own. Everything was postcard beautiful. Our hearts sang. We were home.


Split rail fence

Split rail fence

Spring 2003, the returning wildflowers are unstoppable.


Sofia in the window box

Sofia in the window box

Our much-loved and much-missed cat Sofie loved lounging with the pansies in the window box on the side of our summer kitchen. Spring 2003. She disappeared a few months later.


Back "40"

Back "40"

The largest of our three fenced paddocks behind the barn. The area beyond the visible fence is ours, too, and is also fenced. This photo was snapped in early summer of 2002. One of the large trees in the background fell after a storm on September 1, 2003.


Sharpsburg house

Sharpsburg house

Our Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1900.


Path to the manger

Path to the manger

From the lower part of our bank barn, you get a view of the track made by the llamas who used to live here. The manger is the small, open building to the rear left. This photo was snapped in Spring 2002, before we moved into the house.