Category Archives: nature

Unloved Flowers

In honor of all the dandelions that were mowed this weekend.  {micron & colored pencils}

Unloved Flower by OliveLoaf Design

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Spring: Barren County

Scenes from a day in Barren County, Kentucky…

Sunrise Lilacs. “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~T.S. Eliot

Earth Day Lilac Season by OliveLoaf Design

A Tiny Turtle Spotted at the Lake {Box Turtle, Barren River Lake}.

Tiny Turtle by OliveLoaf Design

Delicate Bleeding Heart Blooms.

Bleeding Heart Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

New Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

A Study of Bird and Insect Designed Dwellings.

Bird Insect Dwellings by OliveLoaf Design

A Young Little Brown Bat Visits the Porch.

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Be Still…and You Will Hear It.

Be Still by OliveLoaf Design

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” ~Terri Guillemets

Solitude

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”   ~Andrew Wyeth

Scenes from a desolate lake beach. Winter approaches…

Beach Patterns.

Beach Patterns by OliveLoaf Design

Ripples.

Ripples by OliveLoaf Design

 

Sand Paw.

Sand Paw by OliveLoaf Design

Acquiesce.

Acquiesce by OliveLoaf Design

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz

Barren.

Barren by OliveLoaf Design

“Gray drip-wet dawn
Leafless tree in solitude –
Remembers the robin.” ~
Don Sax

Morning Quarry.

Morning Quarry by OliveLoaf Design

 

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.” ~Eric Sloane

Rising.

Rising by OliveLoaf Design

Boardwalk.

Boardwalk by OliveLoaf Design

“Here is the dark tree
Denuded now
Of leafage…
But a million stars” ~
Shiki

 

End of Summer

Sigh, the end of summer. Some final shots of the season from our beloved Bob Hill’s Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Butterfly Chair by OliveLoaf Design

Cabbage White Butterfly in Purple Asters

Cabbage White Butterfly in Purple Asters by OliveLoaf Design

Happy Bee on Aeonome

Happy Bee on Aeonome by OliveLoaf Design

{Photos: OliveLoaf Design}

Weekend Blooms

For your viewing pleasure, a lovely little group of blooms at le homestead {Hot Samba Purslane, Celosia, Lantana & Lavender Vinca, with flowering Basils behind}. I hope you have an excellent holiday weekend friends!

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”  ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Homestead Blooms by OliveLoaf Design{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}

Daffodowndilly

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young    

{Wild South Central Kentucky Daffodils in Vintage Jar}

Daffodils by OliveLoaf Design

lost & found summer

Scenes {from my lost blogging month!} from Summer at Le Homestead and around Kentucky…

 

 

May Day 2014

Happy May Day! Ah, Spring is upon us here at Le Homestead. Nothing inspires me more that walking outside at sunrise and finding new flora and fauna blooming. ..

Cue the Dogwoods by OliveLoaf Design
Cue the Dogwoods

These lilacs have been a labor of love – the labor of moving them around several times to find the right spot to help them grow…for the love of the intoxicating fragrance {don’t you wish this was smell-o-vision?}.

Lilacs in Bloom by OliveLoaf Design
Lilacs in Bloom

The irises we have at Le Homestead were transplanted 6 years ago with nothing but green foliage year after year. Finally, after expert gardener tips and moving to a new spot – this year they are blooming. This particular specimen bloomed inside as pesky snails chomped its stem.

Yellow Iris by OliveLoaf Design
Long Awaited Iris in Yellow

Snow peas begin their climb. I’ve been crafting rustic garden markers from re-purposed wooden lattice, dowels, acrylic paint and paint markers.

Snow Peas by OliveLoaf Design
Grow Peas