Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

My father was an artist. In one corner of our basement stood his wooden easel, and his upholstered chair where he would sit when he studied his paintings; a table held jars of various sized brushes, tubes of paint in primary colors, and stacks of hardcover art books. He taught me how to mix primary…

Danielle’s Art

In this week’s photo challenge Lignum Draco inspires us to respond to the theme, “vivid”. Usually I share photos of my gardens and flowers, but this time my photo is one of my daughter, Danielle’s, paintings. Click on image to enlarge. I love the vivid colors in her painting: Sunset. Danielle’s art is influenced by…

The May Garden

This morning I took an early morning stroll through my garden. Please come with me and enjoy the highlights of the garden in May. Each new gardening season brings the delight of anticipating garden gifts: A garden gift for you: xxoo

Spring in the Garden

c The different shades of green in the front borders remind me of Ireland. The reason I love the shade garden is because I love the beauty of foliage. The varied sizes, shapes and colors of leaves are refreshing; some fern like, others broad and bold, fronds, blades, and needles all add interesting texture to…

Snowdrops

There’s a drift of snow at the back door, and snowdrops blooming at the front. ~ Tasha Tudor Tasha Tudor’s Garden   Snowdrops are the first flowers I see in spring. They reseed themselves; every year it is a joy to see the tiny white bells nodding in the breeze in different areas of the…

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…