The Middlebury Landscape

May 8, 2010

Most Beautiful Parking Lot, Ever.

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:28 pm  Tagged , ,

Is there a contest out there for most beautiful parking lot? I can’t seem to google one, but if one turns up, I’m nominating the the Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot-the big one off of Porter Field Road. Monocultures are verboten in the arboricultural world, but this singular planting of ‘Snowdrift’ crabapple transforms […]

April 25, 2010

Spring Ephemerals

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 10:44 am  Tagged ,

I had dreams of guest posting on the great Middlebury Trailrunner, inspired by his post on Snake Mountain (the wildflower in his post is a Hepatica, by the way) . I was going to go for a run up the back side of Snake Mountain, the side where our house is located, taking pictures the whole way of […]

April 17, 2010

Daffodils are Blooming

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 3:30 pm  Tagged

` The blue Nymph, Liriope, gave birth to a son, destined to become a mighty hero. His fate was sealed after being granted his good looks by the very gods themselves, and given immortality. Like all gifts from the gods, however, immortality came with a catch. He could remain immortal, as long as he didn’t know his own […]

April 12, 2010

More Early Spring Blooms

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 9:44 am  Tagged ,

I wish I could claim credit for this combination, the pale yellow early tulips go great with the intense blue of the grape hyacinth, but, while horticulture has a grand tradition of theft, I’ll state for the record someone else planted this years ago. Somewhere in my files I have the name of this cultivar […]

April 4, 2010

Easter Blooms

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 1:53 pm  Tagged ,

Drove through campus this afternoon on my way grocery shopping, and couldn’t help but take some pictures of a couple of things in bloom. It’s 70 degrees as I write, low 80’s yesterday, so that certainly sped some flower buds up I thought were going to hold on for while. This is a Star Magnolia, […]

March 31, 2010

A watched Spring never boils

Filed under: Blooms,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 7:08 pm  Tagged ,

The problem with watching the weather is the frustration. Even my years of experience in spring anticipation somehow still hasn’t prepared me for the wait, the fits and starts of the season. The landscape waits patiently, though, and the plants are right where they need to be. Today in blooms? Well, it’s pretty mellow. The […]

March 25, 2010

Crocus poking up

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 8:29 am  Tagged

After a week of pleasant weather, March has returned. Beware the Ides of March indeed-this is Vermont, and 50 degrees in March does not mean spring is upon us. Fortunately, the plants are right on time. This week in blooms, we’re seeing the first crocus coming up.

March 14, 2010

First Plant in Bloom-Spring?

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 1:11 pm  Tagged

Hopefully you’ll be suffering the vertigo as gladly as I-posting on snow removal last week, and on the first flower in bloom this spring the next. We’re starting the year in blooms the same way we ended the year in blooms, with a Witch Hazel. This one is Ozark Witch Hazel, Hamamelis vernalis. A smaller […]

February 17, 2010

Plants of a (mis)Spent Youth

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 8:53 pm  Tagged , , ,

Friends ask me how I got into this line of work. How do can I explain it to a non-plant person? It’s all about the plants, after all, but how? What is it about the flowers, or the mulch, or the dirt? How did I get from playing Led Zeppelin on my eight track, painting my parent’s house white […]

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