Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka' at Woodland Cottage

Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’ at Woodland Cottage

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Here is a link to my Holiday 2015 Newsletter, full of garden tips and information on our travels this year. Enjoy!

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 28, 2015

Happy Holidays

Wishing you peace, joy and love as you celebrate your Holidays!

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on December 24, 2012

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Holiday Newsletter

My annual Holiday Newsletter is up on my website–here’s a link,

Here at Woodland Cottage, the last of the leaves are just about to fall after a gorgeous, colorful Autumn.  The Japanese Maples were exquisite, and they still have a few red leaves.  I’ve really enjoyed them.  They took my breath away every time I looked out the back windows!

Beautiful 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maples in the back garden at Woodland Cottage

Beautiful 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maples in the back garden at Woodland Cottage

I’ve started decorating the inside of the house for the holidays, and I put up the outside lights this afternoon.

More soon–I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 26, 2012

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Snowballs in the Rain on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day.  It’s a day to celebrate the Earth and all that she gives us, like this gentle, soaking rain we so need here in the magical Mid-Atlantic.  Everything is so green! The trees are smiling.

I showed an earlier photo of the Chinese Snowballs, Viburnum macrocephalum, in their green stage, before they whitened up.  Here they are in full, glorious bloom, and the rain enhances the effect.  They’ve been in bloom now for many days.

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on April 22, 2012

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Welcome to the Light!

The Winter Solstice occurs at 12:30am on December 22nd and with it, a return to the longer days I love.  Time to celebrate!  May your holidays be grand!

Photos by the author.  If you copy, please link back.

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on December 21, 2011

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A Way to Celebrate the Season of Peace

Here is a wonderful video of the murmuration, or gathering, of starlings, captured in Ireland.  When you need a minute in this Season of Crazy to just stop, stop…sit and watch this video.  It is beautifully calming.

Murmuration

Shared via the wonderful blog A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach http://awaytogarden.com/

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on December 15, 2011

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Happy New Year!

Already looking forward to spring...

Already looking forward to spring...

Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.  And wishing you an ever-prettier and enjoyable gardening year!

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on January 1, 2011

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Merry Christmas from Woodland Cottage

Wishing you love, peace and joy as we slow down to celebrate the holiday season.  The garden is still and peaceful now–sometimes windy and cloudy, sometimes sunny and still, and sometimes there is snow–and most always cold at this time of year.  But underneath the ground, things are already stirring as the sun swings around, toward the longer days I love.

All the best and thank you for reading.

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on December 24, 2010

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