The 20-year-old Japanese maple bursts forth each year. Careful pruning shapes the globe, and the slow growth pattern looks good in any landscape.
Our blue spruce youngsters in the side yard show good new growth this year. The fenced paddock in the background is ready for the first mowing of the year.
The fence along our middle driveway, which leads to the "back forty" and branches off to our two large barns, makes interesting shadows in the setting sun.
One of our raised beds shows off an allium, which is a flowering member of the onion family. Developing lillies and iris, fading daffodil stems, and a volunteer evergreen (a yew or juniper?) provide a green background.
The studio was built by New Energy Works (Timberframers, Housewrights & Joiners) as an addition to the west end of our existing house. The timberframe structure is 23 x 33' and was built using reclaimed douglas fir timbers. The interior cabinetry was made from reclaimed rustic beech, and the countertops
from Australian Jarrah wood. The construction started in April, and we moved into the studio in August 2007.