This is a little bit of a cheat. I’m about 175 miles from my home garden…two states away actually. So before I left yesterday I went out to the garden. When it gets warmer I hope to make some drawings, but I’m not so dedicated that I’m willing to sit on cold damp ground to make them.
The photograph is in this context is more about composition and exploration, but it is also a portrait of one of my favorite shrubs. The Hellebores are already pushing up through hard ground yet this is the earliest plant to bloom in my garden- Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’–and its buds are plump and ready.