Category Archives: Gardens

This summer’s first gaillardias


I love gaillardias. More will follow and provide a large patch of vibrancy, as they have each year since we planted them. They outlast the sunflowers, and display their sunny brightness at the edge of our driveway.


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Anticipating a sunflower

For the several years my husband has planted sunflower seeds in the spring, they have come up tall and strong by the onset of summer in all their Sunflower Yellow glory. Ours are now forming flowers in their still-green stage. Their stalks are straight, tall, strong, and prickly.

I was trying to recall who wrote a poem with a refrain, “And I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder,” and came up with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in whose poetry I lost interest while I was still in high school. I Googled the quote anyway, and it seems lots of people have used it, and it wasn’t expressly clear whether Ferlinghetti was the first.

Whoever wrote this line, it enters my mind when I await the bloom of sunflowers, and other wondrous and beautiful bounties with which our Creator blesses us, for nothing we have done.

A sunflower begins its complex process of blooming: it will undergo   metamorphoses from verdant to gold, and prickles to petals.
“I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder.”

Another fitting line: “Death is the mother of beauty.” (from Wallace Stevens’s poem, Sunday Morning).


Filed under Creation, Gardens, Nature, Photos, Reflections, Seasons, Thoughts & Reading

Effie: Rhapsody in Green

Effie finds grasses and shade the chief virtues of Effieland these summer days. The activities are endless for the Effielander: munch brome, move with the shade, take dirt baths. . .all compelling virtues of her outdoor domain.

Effie simply would not perform her dirt bath routine on camera this time, so I used this endearing photo from a previous post. ^-.-^


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Effieland’s first poppy heralds the beginning of summer

Effie gazes at the first Purple Oriental Poppy of the year, home grown in Effieland.


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One of the best features of Effieland. . .

is the best dirt bath in the whole world!


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Good morning, Effieland (Quick, before it rains. . .)

I proffer a catnip leaf to Effie, and I notice we need a claw clip today.

The pink lupines are budding.

Effie’s lavender

Flax blooms throughout Effieland. Fortunately, it is not tasty.

The Effielander on patrol


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Diversity in lilac

These boughs are all on one bush. I’ve never seen another multi-color lilac, but there must be others; most categories in nature manifest the delightful trait of color diversity. Our other lilac bushes represent all the colors this tree has, but each bush has just one color bloom.


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