roses aren’t always red

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Normally this little ditty ends with something about Love…but roses aren’t always red, and poems don’t always rhyme. Thing is, in spring and summer our garden is usually gloriously alive with roses. That’s the wonderful thing about having a gardener with a green thumb, who loves you beyond reason…always having […]

spring was a nice day

The weatherman was right! Spring was a nice day—today is cold and rainy. It’s a good thing yesterday was sunny and bright. Otherwise my walk with the camera would have been altogether too late. Rain, and the possibility of hail !!O NO !!, will shatter the wisteria blossoms without a doubt. O well…most of this […]

Hello Spring!

Took a walk along the creek, with the camera, this morning before the sun rose so far overhead that colors and shadows were lost. I was looking for beauty in the decaying world that surrounds Contentment Cottage—looking for God’s hand in the natural flora and fauna that remains, even in the midst of disrepair and […]

dancing daffys

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. _Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal – Thursday 15 April 1802 Spring has arrived in Central California, […]

a rose garland

A rosebud set with little wilful thorns, And sweet as English air could make her. Alfred, Lord Tennyson This morning I wanted to share my bouquet of Gemini Roses gracing our breakfast table with you. So lovely. Such a special treat to have Dick bring them fresh from the garden — a treat that will happen almost daily […]

how our garden grows

Spring is so unpredictable! Yesterday was a sunny 89° and today it is 65° and mostly cloudy with rain in the forecast. Spring brings such amazing wonders to our garden. Here are a few shots from the past week. Enjoy them quickly. Next week will be altogether different. The poppies and pansies will fade with […]