This month’s Picture This challenge from Gardening Gone Wild is to illustrate the Genius Loci — The Special Atmosphere of a Place. The judge, Andrea Jones, asks that we share our special place in a photograph that illustrates why it’s special.
We’ve been fortunate to see many of the great garden scenes that she illustrates with her pictures. And while I have pictures from our tours in the U.S. and abroad, I thought it would be more appropriate to stick closer to home. When we moved here the pasture that we inherited had no trees at all. There was a small patch of woods that were entirely Scotch Pines that have long since died off. All the landscape that we have was created slowly over 36 years and so there are a lot of aspects of our hill on Ball Rd that our special to me. But I notice in reviewing our photos that one area stands out in recent years. Behind the garage is a hillside that drops off into pasture in front of a line of tall White Pines that were planted during our first spring here.
This is where we see the Daffodils in the springtime. It’s also where the wildflowers are planted for the summertime.
It’s where we have put two bright red adirondack chairs as a place to have a glass of wine as the day winds down. Often there is a sunset to be seen from this hillside.
The pasture provides extended interest with the various grasses that grow up over the season interlaced with wildflowers.
But this special place also creates it’s own atmosphere come wintertime. The Red Chairs against the snow with the White Pines in the background presents a holiday atmosphere that shows that gardens are not limited to the time of flowers.
The photo that seemed to me to best capture this special place came after a snowstorm just as the light was fading from the day and this is my submission for the February Gardening Gone Wild Challenge.