Category Archives: A Closer Look

On Mother’s Day

             Whether you’re a mother, daughter, son, or father, my wish is that you take a moment today to see the beauty and wonder that surrounds us. You don’t have to travel the world to … Continue reading

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Generous Souls

I’ve always admired generous people.  You know the ones.  If you say how pretty or how nice something is, they offer it to you. Casually, easily. Without strings. They hug fiercely and give frequent, genuine compliments and praise.  Nothing stiff … Continue reading

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Jack Frost

The garden looked gray and lifeless this morning. But when I looked closer I saw this on the sage:       And every petal of this coneflower had been delicately feathered with ice. I could imagine someone bending down to … Continue reading

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Bejeweled Morning

Ice diamonds dripped down the neck of  the cherry tree this morning.              And fresh snow formed a lace doily over the sedum’s head.                       … Continue reading

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Enduring White Oaks

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Scoured

Scoured by wind and emptied of color, plant structures emerge from beneath the yoke of summer.                                                 … Continue reading

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Gardening, 101

  Foliage provides color that lasts for months, not just a few weeks in the garden and requires almost no maintenance. Shrubs and evergreens stay green all on their own. Who knew this was a desirable feature?    Not I. When … Continue reading

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In A Whirl

The inflorences of this Prairie Dropseed dance in the slightest breeze.  Ornamental grasses capture wildness and then hold it out to us with both hands. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Briefcase Bounty

In the late 1800’s, commercial nurseries hired salesmen to travel the country and take orders for trees and shrubs for the following spring.  And what’s a traveling salesman without samples of his wares?         This is a … Continue reading

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Well Named

Turtleheads. The reason for this plant’s common name is obvious. Well, except for the color. I’d guess not many turtles are bright pink. They wouldn’t survive long in the pond if they stood out the way these flowers do! The … Continue reading

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