Wednesday Vignettes: Winter Beginnings

Helleborus argutifolius 'Snow Fever' offering its first flowers of the season.

Helleborus argutifolius ‘Snow Fever’ offering its first flowers of the season.


“Those who love much, do much

and accomplish much,

and whatever is done with love is done well….




“… Love is the best and noblest thing

in the human heart, especially

when it is tested by life

as gold is tested by fire. …


Magnolia stellata in bud

Magnolia stellata in bud


“… Happy is he who has loved much,

and although he may have wavered and doubted,

he has kept that divine spark alive

and returned to what

was in the beginning and ever shall be….


Mahonia aquifolia

Mahonia aquifolium coming into bloom with Magnolia liliiflora in bud


“… If only one keeps loving faithfully

what is truly worth loving

and does not squander one’s love

on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things

then one will gradually

obtain more light and grow stronger.”


Vincent Van Gogh





Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017


Cercis canadensis seedpod left by the wind

Cercis canadensis seedpod left by the wind


“Go out in the woods, go out.

If  you don’t go out in the woods

nothing will ever happen

and your life will never begin.”


Clarissa Pinkola Estés




“Imagination makes the world
and all the wonders in it.
The seed of every dream unfurls
as you with love begin it!”


Eric Micha’el Leventhal





About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Wednesday Vignettes: Winter Beginnings

  1. Yes, go out into the woods! Nature is such a wonderful place to be! I can’t wait until flowers are blooming in my yard. Lucky for you to have them! Happy new year! 🙂

    • Happy New Year! Yes, we feel incredibly fortunate to enjoy such mild winters and flowers all through the year ❤ ❤ ❤ I trust yours will be along soon, too 😉

      • We are having a mild winter too. I’m actually happy about that. Most years I just want snow but this year is the first winter I’m have to take care of the property on my own, so it’s nice to not have it blistering cold. I can’t wait to see your garden blossom. I’m actually working my yard now. Yay! 🙂

        • Yay! I’m glad you are able to get out and enjoy the garden on mild days. What a challenge, to have the property to take care of on your own. I’m glad you have a milder winter to ‘get in the groove’ of things. It is so much that it can keep one very busy! It went to the upper 60s here yesterday, and I spent most of the day cutting back perennials, moving leaves out of beds, transplanting seedling Hellebores to new areas, and I even started a little pruning. I spotted a stand of tiny white wildflowers already in bloom! The buds are swelling in this warmth, and our worst wintery weather months are still to come…. Take good care of yourself,<3 ❤ ❤ WG

  2. Your heellebores are so beautiful! I enjoyed seeing the photos. And the quotes are wonderful -you always do a great job of pairing your photos and quotes. Happy Wednesday!

    • Thank you, Sarah ❤ ❤ ❤ I was actually thinking of you as I've been posting Hellebore photos these past few days. How are yours doing? Have you added to your collection? It is so nice to hear from you and I hope that 2017 has been good to you thus far ❤

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