March Madness!

New season. So early, so unexpected. In Manhattan in Riverside Park along the West Side Highway: bikers and runners in shorts, cherry trees blooming pink, drifts of daffodils yellow and white. Here on Whitetail Road: buds everywhere, the willow tree getting greener by the minute, spring bulbs peeking out between the dead leaves left as mulch last fall. Time to get out the rake, put on the gloves and start cleaning up. And start using my new camera, a digital Olympus with an adapter that allows me to use my OM lenses from the ’70s. Finally, I can select “Aperture Priority,” focus manually, and play with depth of field. Herewith, my first shots, taken late yesterday afternoon.

Pondside view from deck: Weeping Willow — Salix babylonic

On the carport: Climbing Hydrangea — Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Japanese Andromeda — Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine. Even though we had a mild winter, lots of damaged branches and leaves.

Japanese Andromeda — Pieris japonica yakushimanum 'Prelude'

In the rock garden: Lenten rose or Hellebore — Helleborus 'Pink Frost,' first and last perennial to bloom

Helleborus 'White Beauty'

Crocus — multiplying every year

Leatherleaf Mahonia — Mahonia bealei. Ouch! Always wear gloves when pruning!

Last but not least, everything's coming up yellow: Daffodils — Narcissus spp.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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1 Response to March Madness!

  1. Pru Montgomery says:

    Scrumptious spring photos!

    Thank you!!!

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