Category Archives: My Garden

FORSYTHIA

April 21, 2019

Forsythia

Forsythia is a word I enjoy saying because of how it rolls off my tongue. It’s also a shrub I have fallen in love with over the years as it’s one of the first signs of spring. It mutes out the grey, dreary “sticks” of winter with the most vibrant pops of yellow. It renews my spirit and gives me the belief that spring is coming. It’s sunshine on here on earth, and it brings joy as it melt...

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THE MANY FLOWERS OF MY GARDENS

March 24, 2019

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

It’s all about survival for me during these cold and grey winter days to let the many flowers of my gardens occupy my mind and heart. So, with the first day of spring having sprung (though you would never know it looking out my window), it’s my joyful reminder to start planning the flowers to grow in my gardens and for cutting. Are you as excited as I am to think about, dream of, and plan the ...

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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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