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Songs for Funny-Faced Ferns

May 10th, 2020 | 8 Comments »

The ferns are poking their heads up above ground, and I photographed several groups of them when I went out this morning for a walk.


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Much to my surprise, when I looked closely at the photos, it seemed that conversations were going on.  Some ferns were lecturing, or at least giving instructions to others that were still growing up.


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Some of those youngsters were looking puzzled, as if they didn’t quite get the message.


Huh? I don't get it.
Huh? I don’t get it.


Still others were simply having a long beautiful, down to there, hair day. Showing it and growing it. Streaming, gleaming, flaxen, waxen. Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty.

Oh say can you see/my eyes if you can/then my hair's too short.
Oh say can you see/my eyes if you can/then my hair’s too short. (With thanks to lyricists Gerome Ragni and James Rado; with music by Galt MacDermot.


However long your hair, I hope your conversations on Mother’s Day are full of fun, whether they are taking place face to face (well separated, of course!) or on line.

Yearning for Spring

February 25th, 2018 | 13 Comments »
It's grey and nasty today and all I can think about is spring. I know it will come but its arrival seems a long way away. So instead of moaning, I'm dreaming of snowdrops ...   [caption id="attachment_3744" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] It's easy to see how snowdrops got their name.[/caption]   and crocus ...   [caption id="attachment_6049" align="aligncenter" width="3456"] Yellow crocus are sunshine to the soul.[/caption]   and buds beginning to bloom.   [caption id="attachment_6057" align="aligncenter" width="1807"] When the yellow buttons of Cornelian cherry open up, the shrub becomes a haze


The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra-la

May 9th, 2017 | 8 Comments »
Gilbert and Sullivan got it right when they wrote about spring flowers. The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la, Breathe promise of merry sunshine — As we merrily dance and we sing, Tra la, We welcome the hope that they bring, Tra la, Of a summer of roses and wine. Right now, I'm dancing and singing. Because everywhere at Glen Villa, spring flowers are blooming. Daffodils galore brighten the path to the China Terrace ....   [caption id="attachment_5129" align="aligncenter" width="1319"] We planted these daffodils about fifteen years ago. The


Wild Names Flavoured with Wild Garlic

May 10th, 2016 | 6 Comments »
  NOTE: Several readers have let me know that this blog post only had photos without any words so I'm posting it again.   A walk in the woods at this time of year is a journey of discovery. So many things are there in miniature, waiting to be spotted if you take the time to look closely. Trilliums, for example. Not many are yet in bloom but they are beginning to open up as the days grow warmer.   [caption id="attachment_3890" align="aligncenter" width="2317"] Red trilliums (Trillium erectum) go by many common


Fibonacci numbers in nature

October 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Ever since writing in a recent post about Througham Court and how Christine Facer Hoffman, the owner and designer, incorporated Fibonacci numbers into the garden, I've been noticing photos of plants that illustrate this natural sequencing. Deborah Lee Baldwin showed this one in a recent entry on Gardening Gone Wild.Apparently this plant is euphorbia gorgonis.Who would have known? Not me.And I saw this one in my own garden, in a gravel section I'm playing around with.sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cobweb' This sempervivum is named 'Cobweb.'  A close look at the central white portion tells