Set 04 of My Early Springtime Favorites
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

The lupine and other field flowers finally bloomed in these mountains
And the lilac and phlox blossoms are fading
It's been the coldest June in memory for me
The furnace still runs some at night

This is how our cottage looked in April

This is how it looks in June

Note that I replaced the rotten-wood widow's walk with vinyl posts and rails that won't rot


The Kinsman Range in the White Mountains  is about 10 miles away at its closest point

The birds will probably get a lot of cherries when summer finally arrives
In the background are my wild roses that I will feature in another picture set
Behind those you can see Mt. Garfield and Mt. Lafayette

Here's a preview of the wild roses


In 2008 I planted a small Polka Weigela bush. In 2009 it looked like this with one stem shooting into the air:

This spring in 2015 it has grown to this alongside my New Guinea Impatiens plantings:


Weigela ---

Weigela /waɪˈdʒiːlə/ is a genus of between six and 38 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 15 m (3-15') tall. All are natives of eastern Asia. The genus is named after the German scientist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.[

The leaves are 515 cm long, ovate-oblong with an acuminate tip, and with a serrated margin. The flowers are 24 cm long, with a five-lobed white, pink, or red (rarely yellow) corolla, produced in small corymbs of several together in early summer. The fruit is a dry capsule containing numerous small winged seeds.

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The first species to be collected for Western gardens, Weigela florida, distributed in North China, Korea and Manchuria, was found by Robert Fortune and imported to England in 1845. Following the opening of Japan to Westerners, several Weigela species and garden versions were "discovered" by European plant-hunters in the 1850s and 1860s, though they may have already been known to locals.

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Erika used to work alongside me in the gardens, but this spring the four rods in her back are just too painful

But I have a strong back and a weak mind

I wisely save my back with a bucket loader
I don't know how I lived so many years without a bucket loader

Before the morning glories

After the morning glories (not grown from seed by me)

Hanging Baskets on the West Deck

Hanging baskets on my studio

This is the start of my springtime pond garden in 2015

This is the start of some of my many New Guinea Impatiens

We now have the start (no babies yet) of one family of birds in this cluster of five birdhouses
beside a lilac bush that's fading

The lilac blooms have mostly faded, but we have two late bushes beside the cottage


On the north side of the cottage we have a rock garden that is covered in phlox
I have to put window screens over the phlox in wintertime
Otherwise deer will nose under four feet of snow to nibble on phlox

I also love my bleeding hearts in the springtime

This purple thing comes to life every spring


The sprawling resort where our cottage now sits was torn down
This is one of the old shuffleboards between a maple tree and some cedars


I don't know the name of this big patch of ground cover, but it  has tiny lavender flowers in early July
The small building in the background is my second office that holds my dust-laden old books


Near the front walkway beside the driveway my color theme this year is blue and white


This cluster of birdhouses only has one tenant
It's a tiny wren the about the size of a hummingbird

I did not include lupine in this photo set.
My next photoset will feature our lupine in 2015
This is the lupine in our wild flower field with part of our barn in the background

I love these mountains in all four seasons



Springtime Early On

Set 1  

Set 2\EarlySpringtime\Set02\EarlySpringtimeSet02.htm

Phlox  ---
Also see
Springtime ---


Springtime Later On

Set 1 ---

Set 4 --- 

My Walk Down Lovers Lane --- 


More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories



On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West


I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

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