Gardening Grey

A garden is usually vibrant in color --- even simple whites pop against lively green leaves like lilies of the valley.  But, have you noticed the greys?  Dusty miller wears yellow flowers while lamb's ears show off pinkish-purple spikes.  There is no "all or nothing."  Like life.  Like the Tao. Look closer at that familiar …

Moth Meditation

Walking to the garden this evening, this little beauty caught my eye resting on the window screen.  I was so taken by the intricate wing and body  pattern that I ran to get the camera.  Take a good look at the lines, circles, color variations and textures from smooth to frayed edges.  Maybe you'll be …

Savoring Sunday’s Symphony

  Guilt slips in and around the cool morning breeze for taking time to slip into my favorite summer chair and be in Sunday morning. A confident breeze eases the heat on my sun-warmed skin, stroking my cheek with the only classical music absent of customary stuffiness --- Mozart, Bach, Gershwin, Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony no. …

Nature Doesn’t Need a Smartphone

The peonies are blooming now.  This is how I mark my time.  I do not use a "smart" phone but rely on Mother Nature.   The late May calendar shows white and lavendar colored phlox, lilies of the valley, and deep purple, almost black columbine.  Wild geraniums dot the pachysandra, and grandfather rhododendron (15' high) arrived …