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Happy Valentine's Day from Hidden Villa!

Happy Valentine's Day from Hidden Villa! Hope you enjoy a picture of this wreath made from our own fresh olive branches, compliments of Lanette Anderson, horticulturist.

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Wishes for the World - from Duveneck Dinner

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As we reflect on 2013 and head into a new, fresh and unknown year, we invite you to reflect on your wishes for the world. How can you let those wishes out into the world? How can you ground them through your experiences?

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Hidden Villa Apples

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Chasing Light

The word photography means writing with light but most photographers claim they are painting with light!

 

I chase the light in the early mornings in Hidden Villa’s deep woods. 

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Bird House

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Need Inspiration for a New Hairstyle!?

 

Look no further than Hidden Villa's farm fields!

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White House Behind Flowers

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Yellow Ladybug

 While I understand lady bugs can be yellow…I had only seen red ones before. This was a rare treat for me! Check out my new friend nestled in the Queen Anne’s Lace flower.

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Hidden Heart at Hidden Villa

How many times have you walked by the Tin Barn and missed seeing this beautiful heart? I have been told that this was probably made by Frank Duveneck in the forge. Next time you are by the barn, check it out!

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Spring Field

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Fog Rolls In

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Trillium 延龄草

The Giant Trillium (Trillium chloropetalum) is one of my favorite early spring flowers. A member of the lily family, the trillium has the characteristic trinity of three outer petals, three inner petals, and a three-part stigma; the presence of six stamens helps differentiate it from members of the iris family.

Our Giant Trilliums at Hidden Villa greet me like an old friend, blooming in the same locations every year. Giant Trilliums are also very rare and are almost impossible to find in a home garden, requiring precise growing conditions and taking up to seven years to bloom from seed. Considering its seasonal rarity, the trillium provides me with an annual reminder to appreciate our native woodland’s precious and sometimes fragile beauty – an organism that our wild lands nurture better than my fellow human cultivators.

Come out to Hidden Villa and see if you can catch a glimpse of these specials flowers for yourselves. Please also remember that it is illegal to pick these wildflowers. We want everyone to get a chance to share in their reunion or discovery!

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Good breakfast!

Tilly, pictured below, was born on January 20, 2013 making her the third cow at Hidden Villa. Her Mom is Cleo and her older sister is Vida.

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The Beautiful Turkey Tail Mushrooms

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Amusing Garden

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Miner's Lettuce: Hidden Villa's Valentine

Miner’s lettuce, also called spring beauty, winter pursuant or Indian lettuce, is one of the first spring greens to emerge at Hidden Villa. They are tender, succulent and reminiscent of spinach, with have a wild flavor, that’s not too overpowering. 

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Purple in the Wheelbarrow

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Townsend's Warbler (黄眉林莺)

Happy Holidays from Hidden Villa!

The native birds are enjoying the season, feasting on the persimmon trees in the education garden. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season as well. Thank you for supporting my picture blog. It’s been a real delight to capture the beauty of Hidden Villa.

Bird Pictured:  Townsend's Warbler (黄眉林莺)

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Beautiful Ginkgo fruits

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Hidden Villa Persimmon

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