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Saturday, February 6, 2016


It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
John Burroughs
"Winter Sunshine"

The woods behind our house. A winter wonderland!

The Hemlock is laden with snow and many branches are leaning on the lattice room.

This Maple didn't fare well....several large branches broke off. I think it's weakened from the huge amount of caterpillars that devoured it this past summer.

Red Maple tree in the front of the house

The obelisk is covered by snow

We had the first significant snow storm of the season yesterday. The snow is very heavy which means tree limbs came down and people lost power. We are lucky as we almost never lose our electricity.
As you can see, it is very beautiful. 

I'm gratedful for how beautiful this world is no matter what season!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Some of My Favorite Garden Shots Summer of 2015

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. 
Hanna Rion

I'm enjoying looking at the blogs that have gardens in doesn't look like summer, but, there's color in early February. Only because so many have posted early blooms I checked on my Hellebores and one of them is budding up. We really don't expect to see anything break the ground until sometime in March. If only we knew that the Spring was going to be early what a jump we could have on planting in the gardens!

Today, I'm grateful for the beauty of this earth even in the midst of crazy weather patterns.

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Thursday, January 28, 2016


"Flowers are those little beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts." 


Pink Lily-of-the-Valley

Golden Rod



Painted Daisy

Pin Cushion Plant



Blue Star Creeper


Crazy Daisy

Butterfly Weed


Black-eyed Susan




I've been pouring through garden pictures again. I love to look hard at a picture to see if cropping will improve it. Lots of times I keep the original as well. The above are the result of my efforts.
Today, I'm grateful for the winter sun that shines in our dining room windows almost all day!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Butterflies - Flowers in Flight

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may light upon you."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

I've been organizing my pics and made a folder for butterflies. If you love flowers, how can you not love butterflies! Here are some photos that I was lucky enough to snap before they fluttered away!

Can you see the second butterfly?

 As I was going through the pictures to create this post, I realized that we mostly see butterflies in June and July and hummingbirds in July into September......has anyone else noticed a similar pattern?

Today, I'm grateful for my oldest daughter, Julianne and her husband, Dave who is our son by another mother. Julie is such a loving daughter and wonderful to her younger sister, Allison, who is widowed and still finding her way.

Happy Gardening! Flower Freak

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Best of Last July

"It's so cold out I'm shaking like a jelly donut at a Weight Watchers meeting!"

Here are some photos of what was blooming in July in my garden. It brightens my day to look at them......I am itching to dig in the dirt again!

Winter finally made an entrance in my neck of the woods. We've had a couple of inches of snow.....the most we've seen all winter. Today has been the coldest day with a horrible wind blowing snow every which way.
It's good weather to pour over the gardening websites and catalogs. White Flower Farms and Schreiner's Iris Gardens are two of my favorites. What are your favorite gardening sites and catalogs?
Today, I'm grateful to God for a warm, comfortable home.
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak