Gayety in the Garden

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Those of you who have been following my blog know that it has been a challenge this season tearing out my gardens that I have lovingly attended to for over twenty-five years. What remains are flowering shrubs, ornamental trees, and lots of bare soil needing mulch. Not so long ago problems with my back laid [Read More...]

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...]

A Walk through the Gardens

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A Walk through the Garden

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A Walk through the Gardens

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The Northern Catalpa, sometimes called a Catawba tree, is primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree–lovely flowers too!  Settlers planted Catalpa to produce fence posts…the wood is lightweight, and the heartwood is resistant to deterioration when placed in the ground. For these same reasons, railroad companies grew plantations of them for railroad ties [Read More...]

Equus Passage 7/2

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And since all this loveliness cannot be heaven, I know in my heart it is June. ~Abba Goold Woolson             [Read more...]

A Walk through the Gardens

Opuntia

    This winter-hardy cactus is Opuntia, sometimes called prickly pear cactus. Its fruits and paddles are edible! And the man that keeps the 95 acres growing (and the garden society’s resident hero)!   [Read more...]

A Walk through the Gardens

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Along a dappled woodlands path at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan. [Read more...]

Autumn Prayers

Autum Leaf

Autumn moves in with its usual quiet grace. I took note the other day that the shrubs and trees have become peppered with color. I smile to myself and think of my own autumn-of-life with hair becoming peppered gray—and the next thing I knew, almost white! I had changed and like the trees, in due [Read More...]


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