Category Archives: Misc

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Fresh AIR

Sometimes I forget that I am blessed with options and get caught up in self-imposed, rigid ways of doing and being.  To counter this, I have decided to be an “Artist-in-Residence” this month. You may be familiar with these programs.  … Continue reading

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10 THINGS THIS GARDENER IS THANKFUL FOR

Since the start of the new year I’ve been pondering a few of my many blessings… 1. Friends who visit my garden and don’t see any weeds 2. The song of wind in the trees 3. Kneepads and gloves 4. … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Salal

It all started for me when my neighbor, with glee, presented the animated salal leaf she found while gardening. My first thought: “How funny! My second thought, “What insect did this?”  I ran through scenarios in my mind: a variety … Continue reading

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Christmas in July–Garden Art

They may look like Christmas in July to some, but I love the multi-colored globes that hang from the big pergola over our entry path.  Looking into the garden from inside the front door or kitchen window, I watch them sway in the wind … Continue reading

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April and the Poetry of Petals

April is National Poetry Month; how apropos it’s spring observance. Each new leaf expanding elicits a poem in itself, as with Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. And spring flowers are second only to love in their poetic inspiration. “The earth laughs … Continue reading

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Looking for Lichens on New Year

2013 came in auspiciously with the crisp, sunny day we enjoyed.  It was so beautiful outdoors I had to get out with my camera.  On chilly winter days it can be easy to assume the garden is asleep but those … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers Decay Day

Of course, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is popular. Everyone wants to feast their eyes on flowers, but at this time of the year, flowers are passé.  Now we celebrate harvest and relish fall colors.  Autumn leaves, whose bright hues are initiated … Continue reading

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May Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Convallaria majalis is starting to bloom away now, fittingly around my birthday, which makes sense since it is known as the birth flower for May.  Lily of the Valley represents humility, chastity, sweetness and happiness.  Did I mention all parts … Continue reading

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Poetry in your Pocket Day & Garden Poetry in my Blog

For National Poetry in your Pocket Day…. Marge Piercy is one of my favorite poets and not in the least because she’s a gardener.  Of course, she covers a wide range of topics in her verses, but when she writes of … Continue reading

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The Green Man Lives On as Symbol of Spring

The Green Man originated independently in many ancient cultures.  He is believed to be a pagan symbol representing spring, re-birth and the circle of life, though he adorns many Christian churches from the 11th to 12th centuries.  With a leafy … Continue reading

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