Earlier this summer, as the ferns were pushing up their lovely fiddleheads I was smitten.     When the trees filled out, I discovered that my yard was enveloped in shade.   Mostly.  Cool, peaceful shade.  As I came to realize that flowers were not to be major players in my gardens, my eye was continually drawn to ferns.  Especially the giant Ostrich Ferns. When you walk a woodland path, do you find a swath of ferns cool and restful?  Is there something about them that rejuvenates your spirit?   Don't you wish that you could have that feeling every day?   Here are some … [Read more...]

Not long ago I was walking in my neighborhood when I noticed a ground cover plant that has been a favorite of mine for using in container gardens.  I love its variegated leaf and that it fills out nicely, as well as growing long cascading vines, over the summer.  When I lived in Michigan I would over-winter it in my garden to have for my containers from year to year.  One year it grew like crazy over the winter and I discovered that my container vine was also a fabulous ground cover.    Lamiastrum g. 'Variegatum'  This spring I had been looking for it in all the local greenhouses and garden shops.  I … [Read more...]

Do you ever have a day when you can't seem to focus? Today was like that for me.  I'm not sure why, but I just flitted around and accomplished little. And so, I've given myself permission to share some things with you that recently crossed my path.  They are completely random.  And they either caused me to think, blessed me, or were simply... simply lovely. 1 Photo by Keely Marie Scott The Nester writes about Tanzania.  It's a ways into this article.  Wait for it.... "I have everything I need." And I have no words.  I think I'need to read it again.  And again. 2 If #1 left you grappling, … [Read more...]

  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  James 1:2-4,  from the  NIV Bible   Have you ever thought that your response to an unpleasant circumstance should be one of joy?   This past week a "digging machine" along with a crew of men from a plumbing contracting firm in my little town arrived at our house.  An extension was made recently to the town sewer line and we are now … [Read more...]