The intensity and smarts of her border collie heritage. The heart of her Lab side. My best friend for 17 years. What more can I say.
She loved laying on fresh mulch in the sun on a cool day.
Or when it was hot, hanging out under Rosie the Airstream while Elly worked on her remodel.
Running through the snow.
Chasing the deer back on their side of the 'invisible fence'.
Always with a ball or -- more often -- a Norway spruce cone -- in her mouth begging for me to play fetch.
She knew pretty well when the bag on the lawn mower would be full and would meet me at that spot to get in a throw before I went back to work. (She's going on 13 in these last two.)
During winter when the spruce cones were buried, she'd jump up and pull them off the low-hanging branches.
She was never a mother, but she would have been a good one. Late in life, she was great with Corey and Noah's Charlie ...
Jade is over 10 years old in most of the pictures I have. But I do have a few from the early days that we shot with our first Casio digital camera, which we thought miraculous what with those 320-pixel-wide images ...
I only wish I had some pictures of her doing agility or chasing down the frisbee across Suggett Park to the cheers of families eating supper in the distance.
Lows tonight are supposed to be around zero. But despite some stormy weather this last week, there have been signs of spring. Images below are reposted from the Cornell Horticulture blog which has been sucking up a lot of my blogging energy these days.
Flower bulb research intern Rose de Wit collects data at Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses. Currently in the banner rotation at the Cornell University homepage.
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) bloom in Minns Garden on Tower Road.
Students in the course Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment (HORT/LA 4910/4920) took advantage of a sunny Tuesday afternoon to prune trees and shrubs, clean up debris and mulch gardens around the Plant Science Building.
Have I really neglected this blog since Labor Day?
Apologies. Life has been hectic. Plus I've been able to scratch my blogging itch some at work through the Cornell Horticulture blog. The little vacation from blogging here has made me start yearning for spring already and getting back to shooting photos and creating scans.
Following Les's lead at A Tidewater Garden, I figured I'd pull together a quick collection of favorites from the past year, drawing from both blogs. In most cases, you can click on images for a larger view.
New Year's cyclamen
With a corm nearly the size of my fist, this cyclamen reliably pumps out blossoms on the kitchen windowsill this time of year. More manipulations of this scan.
What would I do without this class. My second favorite day of the school year (after sod sofa day) is when the students in this class present their final projects. I usually give a talk about digital art, and this semester I was so pumped that one of the students was inspired to try some manipulations. (You can view them here.) You can also view most all of this year's (and previous years') projects at the Art of Horticulture gallery page.
Also of interest ...
A couple of things I discovered as I was reviewing the year that I should have plugged here earlier:
In my day job, I work as a communications specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. I take on freelance jobs from time to time. More gardeners than I can remember have given me plants and freely shared their wisdom. I try to do the same.