Category Archives: My Garden

JOY, SURPRISE AND FRUSTRATION

July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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CLEANING OUT MY CUTTING GARDEN

May 20, 2018

Cleaning Out My Cutting Garden

After this very long winter, I’m cleaning out my cutting garden, as it’s a complete mess this year. It has never looked so bad. It has tons of weeds and overgrown grass, though there is one plant that I will keep: my Orange Oriental Poppies. I don’t know how, but year after year they reappear in exactly the same place in a perfectly straight line. While other flowers will reseed, I never kno...

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PROCRASTINATING ABOUT PLANNING MY CUTTING GARDEN

May 06, 2018

Procrastinating

I’m procrastinating about planning my cutting garden again, for no good reason. While others have already started to germinate seeds that need a head start, I’m still sitting here debating what I want to plant. I know I get overwhelmed with all of the beautiful possibilities. Also, I'm always wanting to create my best cutting garden yet. For obvious reasons, though, that won’t happen as som...

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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: HOW DO I PICK THEM?

April 15, 2018

Blooming Subjects: How Do I Pick Them?

Get it?…my blooming subjects: how do I pick them? Actually, I don’t hand pick any of them unless I photograph them in my studio. When it comes to choosing my blooming subjects, I look for something unique. I always love the well-known flowers like peonies, tulips and cosmos. The artist in me also pushes me to look for the unique, curious and unknown. I find it also opens up a new world of wond...

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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION

April 08, 2018

Blooming Subjects: It's All About Location

So how do I pick my blooming subjects? First, as they say, it’s all about location. In this case, I have six places I photograph: Out in nature, is a very peaceful and calming place to experience other wildflowers. I shoot in my studio/office. I don't shoot there as much as I did when I started, as I find there is something special about experiencing flowers in their own habitat. My own...

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FLOWER QUOTE: FLOWERS LEAVE SOME

April 02, 2018

Flowers Leave Some Of Their Fragrance

MY TWO CENTS Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them… One interpretation of this quote is that there is no act of kindness that goes unrewarded. I read it to mean more or less the same, that by giving, it is amazing what you can receive back. I know by sharing flowers you will always be giving a smile and receiving one too. When was the last time you gave someone a s...

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THE REAL DIRT ON PREPARING YOUR SPRING GARDEN

March 25, 2018

Preparing Your Spring Garden

Last weekend in Westport, CT I attended one of Terrain’s Coffee and Conversation Events: Preparing the Spring Garden. I was there to get the real “dirt” on how to prepare my garden. Angela Truck, who is their Exterior Design Specialist, lead the conversation. As I have found from the other Coffee and Conversations, she has a wealth of knowledge and information. I learn something new every ti...

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I AM

February 18, 2018

I Am

I’ve been watching the winter Olympics in PyeongChang as many of you are, and one female competitor had on her gloves, the words: “I AM”. It’s a very powerful statement. It reminded me of the first time I saw something like it, a few years ago, when our hostess was seating us for breakfast. I noticed the tattoo on her foot: ‘As I am’. The latter may look like a statement of complacency...

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PLANTING IN THE SNOWFALL: PAPERWHITE BULBS

January 07, 2018

Planting In The Snowfall: Paperwhite Bulbs

In the Northeast, there is a blanket of white covering the ground and snow falling all around. I’m planting in the snowfall, though not in my garden, but in my studio. The forced Paperwhite bulbs I purchased in December and have kept in a paper bag for over a month now have given me something to look forward to during the cold months of January and February. As I open the bag and peek in, I’m ...

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FLOWER QUOTE: TO BE HERE IS GLORIOUS

October 30, 2017

to be here is glorious

MY TWO CENTS To be here is glorious... Rob Bell said on one of his podcasts, The RobCast, “to be here is glorious” and ever since I heard him say that I created a reminder to read this quote everyday, as it is so true. With having said that, I do struggle with having that very grateful and appreciative attitude, but in reflecting, I believe that has to do with the fact that being present is ...

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