Gardens with Personality

Foliage is important, flowers are the spice, but statues add personality to your garden all through the seasons. A few days ago, trudging through deep snow, I made my way to the potting shed, and peeked inside; my wicker chair was waiting for me; bright sun filled the space and I sat for a while…

A Memory Garden

Every year I plant a memory garden. I sow seeds that remind me of dear friends; like our friendship the seeds flourish. The sweet flowers of Nicotiana remind me of my friend and garden mentor, Janie. Years ago she introduced me to Tobacco ‘Lime Green’; it was love at first sight. The flower color is…

The Color of Joy

February 19, 2015, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Goat. If you were born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, or 2015 you were born in a Goat year. According to Chinese astrology you are: calm, gentle, shy, thoughtful, creative, honest and resilient. My daughter,…

Happy Valentine’s Day

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince I have always loved handmade cards, frames, photo books, scrapbooks, baskets, bookmarks, paintings, pictures, jewelry and sculptures. Special people…

White on White

Never for a moment do I doubt that everything is there, concealed, waiting for another spring. ~ Elsa Bakalar A Garden of One’s Own An early morning walk in the garden: a landscape of white on white. Listen to the silence of a world waking up to the dawn of day. Buddleia draped with crystals…

My Potting Shed

When we moved into our home many years ago the gardens I envisioned were in books; not in my yard. But, there was an old chicken coop: rustic shelves, small windows that didn’t close properly, crude wooden beams, and a table made out of a vintage door. Perfect! Clay pots, rakes, shovels, and trowels made…

Teacher Strike 1975

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. “It might be dangerous; we’ll all meet in one place, then bus you to your school.” These are the words I heard during my interview for my first teaching job. I was in a gymnasium with hundreds of other teachers…

Kindness

“That winter, snow fell on everything, turning the world a brilliant white.” That is the opening sentence in one of my favorite children’s books, Each Kindness by¬†Jacqueline¬†Woodson. In the story we meet Maya who enters a new classroom for the very first time; only to be stared at because her clothes aren’t new. The story…

Winter

A blanket of snow covers the gardens now, bird baths turned into ice, evergreen boughs are frosted white; winter is here. Even in winter the garden is beautiful. Annabelle and Limelight hydrangea, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, Joe-Pye weed, sedum, asters, and grasses are all standing in my garden now providing food for the birds. I love…

Happy 2015!

When the heavenly, almond scent filled the entire kitchen, I knew my giant muffin was ready to eat. I pulled down the oven door, slid out the rack and carefully placed the mouthwatering pastry on my plate. Just as I was ready to take a bite, an email from my Jazzercise instructor appeared in my…