Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Faded Beauty

Flowers grow

 And bloom

And begin to fade.

So many things in life follow this path.

Beauty can be fleeting,

But love is everlasting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012


"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day."

From the song My Girl by The Temptations

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Come Closer

Photo by: Eric Garzon

The more I look the more I see.

Photo by: Eric Garzon

Come closer!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Inner Peace

Echinacea always bring me peace.
I'm not sure it it's the pale mauve colour
or the shape of the raised center and receding petals.  

"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks.

Most of the time we are not patient enough, quiet enough,
to pay attention to the story."

Let nature bring you peace.

Quote by: Linda Hogan, Native American storyteller

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hey, You!

 I was all caught up trying to photograph this rose when I got the distinct feeling I was being watched...

I was!

My watcher disappeared into the center of the rose and marched up the far side of the flower.

Just before it flew off, it paused and we shared a strange green moment in time.  I wonder what it was thinking.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Of Kings and Queens

Royalty has arrived in my August garden.

The Rudbeckia have donned crowns of gold;
the tips glowing as if lit by tiny yellow lights.

Robin Hood arrives to scoop up the gold, stuffing his back-pockets full.  He'll take the nectar he's collecting back to the hive where it will be turned into liquid gold, honey.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brand New Bangs

I guess bangs are "in" this summer!

Flowers are such trends setters :)
(anyone recognize the hairstyle below, on the right?)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pale Yellow Moon

Pale yellow moon atop the pale green grass,
Have you seen the summer pass
Over the land?

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Crime Scene

A thief ransacked our little Nook Saturday night and this was what I found the next morning.  I had my suspicions about the identity of the culprit immediately.  Let me present the evidence and see if you jump to the same conclusion.

Unfortunately, I was the one who forgot the bowl of tantalizing, juicy berries on the lower shelf of the etagere and I know exactly who would find them impossible to resist.  Note the 5-fingered handprint midpoint, on the left hand side of the photo.

The cushion is pulled down and tufts of white and dark-brown fur are everywhere.  The curtain lies crumpled on the floor (Exhibit-F) probably yanked from its place in an attempt to climb it.  This led me to a hanging ornament notably missing its shiny jewel. I eventually found the jewel in the center of the cushion.  I know of only one suspect with the manual dexterity capable of removing it.

Berry-stained prints leave a trail of his progress across the room where he knocked the cushions off the sofa and tipped over the candle on the small table (Exhibit-G).

One last bit of vandalism.  Really?  Why the sudden urge to destroy my clothespin?

Have you guessed the identity of the culprit by now?

Yes, it was a member of the five-fingered, berry-loving, white and dark-brown furred, climbing, jewel collecting, love-to-chew and knock things over, raccoon family that live under one of our decks all summer long.

Life would be very dull without them :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Phoenix Rising

From dark earthy ashes

Petals unfurl to greet a new day

Filling the sky with crimson flames

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sky-dyed Blue

Curled petals of a hue
The most delicate blue

It's rare to find a flower that is beautiful, uniquely coloured, hardy, easy to grow and disease resistant.

This is the current star in my August garden - my Hibiscus "Blue Satin" also called "Rose of Sharon."  I bought it in a 10inch x 10inch pot two years ago and it has already grown to 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

There are plenty of seedlings growing at its base and I am dreaming of creating a fantasy forest in blue!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Teacher

It's not what you do for your children,

But what you have taught them to do for themselves,

That will make them successful human beings.
~ Ann Landers ~

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Made of Stone

The best artist has that thought alone
Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor's hand can only break the spell
To free the figures slumbering in the stone.

~ Michelangelo ~

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pond Life

I have a pond in my backyard that runs about 12 feet long by 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

I started off knowing absolutely nothing about ponds and between myself, my husband, my children and the internet, we managed to figure out, in a trial and lots of error kind of way, just about everything the pond needed to be healthy and balanced. 

It's amazing how much we've learned, and in the process, developed even more respect for the complexites of Mother Nature.

For example: I learned that if the pond is in full sun, the surface of the water should be covered up to 50% by plants.  After purchasing the plants above, I learned that raccoons love to eat the bulbous parts :(

The pond goes from looking sterile and bare in the spring, to covered in moss, and flowers which continue to change throughout the seasons.

Sometimes it's what's around the pond that brings out a colour or shape
that went unnoticed until now.

My number #1 wish was that the pond would be a place for dragonflies to lay their eggs.  Of course the chance of that happening was slim because you can't exactly tell dragonflies what to do...

This year my wish came true and we are the proud (adoptive) parents of several dragonfly nymphs :)  Dragonflies live 2-3 years as nymphs underwater before they crawl up onto a plant, shed their skin and become the dragonflies we all love.  They live above-ground for just one season, during which they lay their eggs and eventually die.

We also have a few baby goldfish swimming around, 10 points if you can spot one in the photo below!


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