It snowed. It snowed a bunch. About 18 inches to be prescise.

December 22, 2009
View of refectory and security cottage

View of refectory and security cottage

The greenhouse in the snow.

Beyond the garden gate

snow people having coffee

Summer skipped, now fall

November 17, 2009

Okay – I totally missed the summer, though I can resurrect some pictures.  I think I even have late spring pics on my desktop. But here is an image from this mornings walk from the parking lot.

Vegetable garden progress

March 28, 2009

Here are some pictures of the vegetable garden site.  They were taken this past week – March 23-27, 2009.  I think Eric has pictures from last Saturday’s work day.

View from Plum Walk into Vegetable garden area

View from Plum Walk into Vegetable garden area

A bit closer, and foggy

A bit closer, and foggy

See the compost area?

See the compost area?

And a view of the composter

And a view of the composter

paths beside vegetable garden

paths beside vegetable garden

vegetable garden without the fog

vegetable garden without the fog

Just an excuse to show the Plum Walk, but you can see the beds for the vegetables

Just an excuse to show the Plum Walk, but you can see the beds for the vegetables in the foreground

Dumbarton Oaks in the fog, March 27, 2009

March 28, 2009

Friday morning in DC was foggy.  Gail took some neat images of the garden that I am sharing with you.

View of the North Vista from the steps leading into the house

View of the North Vista from the steps leading into the house

View of Fountain Terrace from the Rose garden steps

View of Fountain Terrace from the Rose Garden steps

The gate from the Fountain Terrace into the Arbor Terrace

The gate from the Fountain Terrace into the Arbor Terrace

Walkway beside Pebble Garden

Walkway beside Pebble Garden

Pebble Garden

Pebble Garden

The rising sun ray on the water droplets with the plum blossoms really made the air look pink

The rising sun rays on the water droplets, with the plum blossoms really made the air look pink

Plum Walk in the fog

Plum Walk in the fog

Since the Plums are so pretty right now, I had to show you two views.

But Melisande’s Alle is equally interesting with wisps of fog blowing around.

Silver maples peaking through the fog in the Alle

Silver maples peaking through the fog in the Alle

Lovers Lane Pool at the head of Melisande's Alle

Lovers Lane Pool at the head of Melisande's Alle

Alle from a bit higher ground

Alle from a bit higher ground

A neat perspective of crossing paths

A neat perspective of crossing paths

looking towards the plum trees - see the pink through the fog?

looking towards the plum trees - see the pink through the fog?

Here's a view of the progress on the vegetable garden area

Here's a view of the progress on the vegetable garden area

The cherry trees aren't quite out, but the yellow forsythia shows up despite the fog

The cherry trees aren't quite out, but the yellow forsythia shows up despite the fog

The fog really makes this are look romantic

The fog really makes the Forsythia Hill look romantic

And a last view of the fogginess….

The ellipse in the early morning fog.

The ellipse in the early morning fog.

Quick update on spring

March 16, 2009

Just a quick note to share photographs I took on March 11.  There were more crocus and daffodils in the garden.  And the trees are budding.  I’ll post a note on just trees soon…. In the meantime…

Here is the view on my walk between the parking lot and the library.

Crocus on the hill with the garden building behind

Crocus on the hill with the garden building behind

Crocus on the hill looking toward library

Crocus on the hill looking toward library

Crocus outside the door of the fellows building - oh wait the building has a new name

Crocus outside the door of the fellows building - oh wait the building has a new name

Camelias blooming on the sunnier side of the Guest Cottage (yes that's the name)

Camelias blooming on the sunnier side of the Guest Cottage (yes that's the name)

Chris's favorite view in the spring

Chris's favorite view in the spring

Scillas under the charry trees

Crocus and Scillas under the Silver Maples along the Allee

Spring is still coming….

March 7, 2009

It’s been almost a month since my last post.  Since then we’ve experienced a number of frigid days, snow, wind and gray skies. But March is here, however much it is has come in like a lion, and this weekend is promising warm weather.

I went out into the garden yesterday and took some pictures that I will share with you.  There are more winter aconite blooming and snowdrops (we had snow last Monday.) But there are also mounds of crocus up, and a few Chionodoxa luciliae also known as Glory of the snow and Lenten rose.  The winter aconite is on the south side of the lawn as well as the Terrior Column and Mélisande’s Allée. The crocus are in the same places above, plus the Orchard, Cherry Hill, and the Lilac Circle.  I saw the Glory of the snow in the Allée. The snowdrops are popping up here and there around the property especially under the Beech tree.  I think things will be springing up on a regular basis from now on, so check back often.
Here are some of the pictures in no particular order.

winter acconite in Melisandes Allee

Winter Aconite in Melisandes Allee

Snowdrops in crook of roots of beech. Beech Terrace

Snowdrops in crook of roots of Beech tree. Beech Terrace

Closeup of crocus

Closeup of crocus

Purple crocus

Purple crocus

Crocus among winter acconite and snowdrops

Crocus among winter aconite and snowdrops

Scilla siberica

Chionodoxa luciliae

Witch Hazel near Terrior Column

Witch Hazel near Terrior Column

Witch Hazel - Angelly

Close up of Witch Hazel - Angelly

Spring is coming

February 10, 2009

Today the air has a softness to it that reminds me that spring will come.  During a reception Melissa, Terry and Sean mentioned that there were snow drops blooming in front of the house.  At lunch I went out to walk around and yes I saw snowdrops!  There were also winter aconites.  The yellow flowers were quite cheery.  See for yourself…..

Galanthus and winter aconite

Galanthus and Eranthis

I’m planning on using this blog to keep all the DO volunteers, especially my gardening buddies, updated on our activities.  Springtime will be a fun time as new things pop open so expect a good amount of activity.  The rest of the year might be a little slower.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and discoveries.


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