The first and only

The first, and so far the only, yellow rose of the season… Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Looking up

“Though my life is low, if my spirit looks upward habitually at an elevated angle, it is as if it were redeemed. When the desire to be better than we are is really sincere we are instantly elevated, and so far better already.” (Henry David Thoreau)


“If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.” (Therese of Lisieux) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

The wild majesty of ferns

“The forest is blanketed by the greenestĀ fernsĀ and moss and bonsai-like trees, a wild majesty that beckons hobbits and pixies and elves and dreamers.” (Shannon Mullen)

Tulip Poplar

There is a large Tulip Poplar tree behind our house and another one on our neighbor’s property, but this year I saw no blooms on either tree. However, on one of my walks I found blooms and pieces of blooms scattered in our drive and in the middle of our lane. Recent strong winds must…

Snowball Bush

Although it looks somewhat like a hydrangea, the snowball bush is a viburnum. The blooms start out green and then turn white. Our snowball bush was full of blooms this year, and our sweet neighbor girl asked if she could cut some for her mom. Of course I was glad for her to do so….

Blackberry Winter

Every year after the cold of winter, the weather gets warmer, and everyone thinks Spring has arrived. But then it turns cold again, and that’s what we call Blackberry Winter when the blackberry bushes bloom. “Blackberry winter comes without a warningJust when you think that spring’s around to stayAnd you wake up on a cold,…

A little excursion

While my 91-year-old dad is sheltering in place with my sister about 30 miles away, his mountain cabin is sitting empty. A trusted neighbor keeps his eye on the property, but because we live only about a 15-to-20-minute drive from the cabin, we decided to take a little trip over just to check on things….

Chinese Fringe Flower

Loropetalum is also known as Chinese Fringe Flower or Chinese Witch Hazel. An evergreen shrub, it blooms here in early Spring, and only a few blooms remain now. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Flowering Quince

We have three quince bushes, each one producing a different color bloom. They began blooming in the winter and are all done now. The smallest bush has these beautiful peach-colored blooms. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.