Sunday in the Garden

"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives." -- Gertrude Jekyll This past Sunday was a nearly perfect day in the garden.  The sky was overcast, but the temperature was in the low 70s with negligible humidity;... Continue Reading →

Slow Down

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  - Henry David Thoreau I'm  as guilty as the next person when it comes to an utter inability to slow down -- to stop running from one thing to another, to stop the to-do lists from churning through my mind -- to just slow... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of an Early Morning

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -- Marcus Aurelius "I'm so glad my window looks east into the sunrising.... It's so splendid to see the morning coming up over those long hills and glowing through... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Late Spring

"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening" - Wendell Berry "In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of... Continue Reading →

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