Icon Writing Retreat

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Last week I was at an Icon Writing retreat at the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Center, at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan. The days were long and at times physically demanding, and I was grateful that the facility had accommodated me with an adjustable chair and angled stand for my work station. The experience [Read More...]

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A Walk Through the Garden

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Well now…autumn came right quick! [Read more...]

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A Walk Through the Gardens

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Aw nuts! But honestly, I delight in these coral-colored fruits. They’re so cute and puckery. Though not good for human consumption, the buckeye is an amazingly beautiful tree that will become quite large (50-70 ft.). It graces the landscape with flowers in early summer and vibrant colors in autumn. This is the fruit from a smaller [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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Today’s walk actually wasn’t…I didn’t feel  well enough to do a lot of walking. Yet I felt an obligation to you, my readers, to post pictures of posies…that’s what I do on Wednesdays. So on my way to rest in the embrace of Our Lord at the Adoration Chapel, I stopped at my favorite greenhouse [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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We’ve had a lot of rain in the past 24 hours…not much to see in the gardens but a lot of leaf debris. The storms last nights were intense! Lightening strikes and strong winds broke a lot of trees. My Jonagold apple tree took a beating…the canopy collapsed under the storm (kind of hard to [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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The tomatoes are ripening, the corn is coming in, and bushels of cucumbers stay cool in the shade. The season of abundance has begun…and even the finches take part.         [Read more...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

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Of what remains in my gardens, flowering shrubs and ornamental trees, this blue Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’, is still my favorite. Makes for a nice view against the Bottlebrush Buckeye, Aesculus parviflora var. Serotina  I was given a special gift in the garden this week…but that on Friday’s blog. [Read more...]

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A Walk Through the Garden

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The fragrance this morning from the small upper meadow was amazing! One of the volunteers snagged the camera and caught me coming back from checking on the Ratibida columnifera that was introduced two summers ago (its the tall yellow prairie coneflower).           Why yes, I am wearing my favorite gardening  t-shirt from Elizabeth… [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

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