“Come with me to visit the sunflowers…each of them, though it stands in a crowd of many, like a separate universe, is lonely, the long work of turning their lives into a celebration is not easy.” ~Mary Oliver A quick hello! These photos were taken at North Carolina Museum of Art’s Park (Raleigh) last Sunday. … More Sunflowers and the Pursuit of Health and Happiness
Need a break from the news? Come with me! I’m going to take you on a tour of my late spring/early summer garden. Blooms, foliage, and no words (no pressure to even comment! Full permission to just enjoy). Nothing to do but feast your eyes on blossom and leaf, rest your spirit, and calm your … More The World Is Too Much with Us
I planned all spring and summer to buy new garden ornaments to adorn Flora’s Abode, aka my garden. And here it is mid-September. It just didn’t happen. Unexpected healthcare costs, among other unexpected and expected costs, came up and of course there’s never enough extra for the fun, frivolous things, right? I wanted new birdhouses. … More Gratitude, Perspective, and Garden Art
It’s still summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many of you that’s a glorious thing! So hey hey hurrah! Me? I’m looking forward to chillier mornings and cooler evenings. Wearing my tattered, holey-most-holy Duke hoodie. Sitting by the fire pit sipping decaf infused with Bailey’s. Ample Bailey’s. Walking through my garden and not … More Come Sit a Spell
Hi friends, Happy Almost February! The good news? I’m busy writing! I’ve picked up several more magazines to write for, and that’s a good thing. I’m working on a garden essay right now that I’m really excited about that will appear in one of the new magazines. Plus, I’m about 90% finished writing three articles … More Late January Garden Tour: Come On!
It’s a busy time of year for everyone: spring gardening, spring cleaning, graduations, end-of-year award ceremonies, holiday travel, and a whole lot of other happenings. My photo of article in Midtown magazine. Photo of bee on flower by Matt Williams. I’ve been busy working on several upcoming article assignments, and that’s the reason for my … More All The Buzz About Bees
It’s Saturday. Pause. Slow down. Slow way down. If you are celebrating Easter, Happy Easter. If you are celebrating Passover, Chag Pesach Samech. Enjoy your weekend festivities. If you are coming up on Palm Sunday tomorrow with Pascha next Sunday, may it be a peaceful and blessed Holy Week. Whatever it is you are celebrating, or … More Slowdown Saturday
It is a beautiful day, and I plan to be in my garden all day. Correction: I plan to be in my garden all weekend. There’s so much I want to do and need to do. It’s a good thing that I like getting my hands dirty. To me, there’s nothing better than weeding, digging, and planting in a garden. Speaking of gardening, I thought I would share my latest article on spring gardening tips in the current issues of both Midtown and Cary Living Magazines (Raleigh and Cary, NC sister publications). ‘Green Thumbs For All’ was a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed visiting local garden centers and talking to landscape professionals. … More Green Thumbs For All: Spring Gardening Tips
An ant’s-eye view on this Wordless Wednesday: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ (Jelena Witch Hazel) Photo taken February 2018 in my North Carolina garden. Wordless Wednesday. More info on Hamamelis here.
Video of Galanthus Nivalis Bottom and Featured Image Galanthus gracilis All taken in my North Carolina garden, February 2018.