End of June Blooms

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”  -- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Step through the gate and into the secret garden... Linger as the colors and scent of June envelops you... "Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and... Continue Reading →

Rainy Sunday

Thunderstorms are rumbling through right now, along with some torrential rain, so my gardening was cut a little short today.  I love thunderstorms though, so I'm content to sit in my darkening kitchen typing this post, rather than being outside weeding and deadheading peonies. Have I mentioned that it's been an abnormally cool and wet spring and... Continue Reading →

Baby Robin

We've been quite lucky this spring.  We've been graced with an Eastern Phoebe nesting in our sheep barn; building her nest atop a light fixture.  She successfully hatched 3 babies, who seemed to take very little time at all to go from tiny creatures to full fledglings flitting about the barn for a day or... Continue Reading →

Meanings

The rocking chair.  It is a presence in the American psyche; at least in rural America. To me it connotes warmth, the seat by the fire on a cold, winter evening; the comfort and security of being enfolded in the arms of a loving grandparent; the serenity and peace of a quiet evening on the... Continue Reading →

This Weekend in the Garden

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."  -- Rudyard Kipling Peonies are opening all over the garden.  I've added many over the past couple of years -- so many I forgot where I planted some of them until they began to pop up in early spring.  Although they bloom... Continue Reading →

Obsession

I'm slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up -- edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed.  Sadly, it's already June 11th and I'm only half way there! I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries,... Continue Reading →

Yesterday’s Blooms

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson     "Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." - Gerard de Nerval     "A flower blossoms for its own joy." - Oscar Wilde     "Where flowers bloom so does hope."... Continue Reading →

Butterflies are arriving

Now that we have so many flowers in bloom, the butterflies are back in force.  Nora captured some wonderful photos yesterday, including some of a very photogenic goldfinch.      

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