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in the garden

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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glorious garden colors

As October rushes head-long toward November, our garden glows with color. Piles of mums border the fence against a backdrop of evergreen, the last of the summer roses and a few herbs and peppers. With the morning sun turning each pile to pure gold, the […]

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the Prize Pineapple

Thought you might like to see this little jewel, which Mr. L grew from the top of a grocery store pineapple. It lived in the greenhouse for a while, then moved to the south side of the house this summer. First it produced a fruit, and now […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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the color of rain

We live down the lane, in a little old cottage the color of rain. First let me just say, “I strongly dislike this daylight savings time thing.” It messes up my mornings. Actually, it messes up my whole inner clock. Last night was one of […]

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a Valentine blessing

About a decade ago we planted several bare root roses in our garden.  My favorite was a hybrid tea called “Just Joey”  He was the star of the show in  February 2012 when we moved him to a full-sun-spot near the front door. Joey lived and […]

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how’s it growing?

Half way through February …spring in full swing …our garden remodel is coming along beautifully. February is being…well February! Today is cool, with huge puffy clouds sailing over the garden. Wednesday was cold, rainy, windy and reminiscent of winter. Monday it was 70°…and so it […]

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awakening the garden

The first week of February in a California garden means signs of spring everywhere. So.o.o this week, between rain and a couple of nights of 31° temps, Dick carried ten bales of garden soil (3 cu. yards each), spaded them into the new beds and […]

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