This awesome tree is in Nashville's Centennial Park. It not only grew out of concrete, but extends down into the water and back out--a seemingly impossible feat--and what a grand reminder from the universe to be flexible as we embrace and adapt to our environment in our own unique way.


eye in the back of my...

I suspect would-be predators think the markings appear to be eyes and faces? He/she is pretty cool, huh? (click to enlarge)


leaves (fcp)

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"...Albert Camus
I just wish this "second spring" lasted longer!



What does it mean that my summer roses are much healthier and prolific now that winter is approaching?
"Every new year is a surprise to us..." Henry David Thoreau

dive in...

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for staying ashore."
...Vincent Van Gogh



Sitting on the front porch this morning thinking about old friends and family. All of a sudden this brilliant light came thru like a sign from above . . . . .

“. . . . openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”


Not your...

You have seen those "not your mother's jeans"? Well these hydrangeas that are so beautiful they look fake are NOT your sisters...they are your mother's! I put them in the window near my sad and pitiful hydrangeas hoping to inspire them. Green thumb? I wish. (fcp)



didn't know these old lilies were left in a pot from last year until they bloomed


Brugmansia (fcp)

Ever heard of this plant? I discovered it this morning at the farmer's market. It is a tropical plant that blooms all summer long, closes up at night like the photo below...

and when it is growing on the plant, it is upside down like this:

I was told that it starts out a pale buttery color when closed, looks white when open and begins to turn a peachy pink like the one above when the flower begins to fade. 
So having a combination of old and new flowers in a vase together looks a lot like having a bouquet of different kinds of flowers! I think the closed up version is my favorite and is very Georgia O'Keefe-esque. 


Irises (fcp)

"I am following nature without being able to grasp her. 
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers"...Claude Monet


time for peonies...(fcp)

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"...Henri Matisse


pretty in pink (fcp)

Happy Mother's Day!
"The artist is the confidant of nature.
 Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. 
Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs toward him"...Auguste Rodin

Our Mother's Mother's Mother's Roses

Rain, rain . . . go away

unless I can wear these rainboots from Santa Fe . . . . .

I hate it when that happens . . . .

"Look before you leap, for snakes among sweet flowers do creep"
~old proverb~


the five fam (fcp)

(photo by Teaworthy)
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents, and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people"...Thich Nhat Hanh


doves (fcp)

I was so excited to see that after several days on a nest (built by robins last year), that doves had chosen this location. Then within one day after I saw the egg, it had disappeared along with the mom. I watched as they tried to build another nest over a doorway ledge. The straw kept falling off because the ledge was so narrow, so after another week, they abandoned that effort, and she appeared to have relocated atop a hedge. Eventually they gave up on that effort too. Sigh. 

Podophyllum peltatum

We have a zillion May Apples this spring. They begin in a closed umbrella shape and then as they open up to a full umbrella shape they cover a lot of space and provide a great sea of green. This little May Apple caught my eye because she did not have that shape at all and was standing straight up. Or . . is it a guy?


up in the air

North or South?
Don't care . . . I'm packed . . .

I finally saw the movie . . . . what a difference a book makes!


ode to spring (fcp)

Enjoying Pop's "Purplebud" trees with my best girl. 

a n d . . there it is


the waiting game

I have not one purple iris. I have 'moved' all my bulbs, even Mamo's, which really makes me nervous. Including her peony! I had all the old spent azaleas pulled out. And, all of Ms. Bark's lilies. My beautiful Easter lily that my son gave me years ago. Making way for new azaleas and moving all the other stuff to sunnier beds. They are all in clumps, pots and buckets. Just hankering to be planted. As in . . . when the landscaper gets the beds ready . . . the one that was scheduled to be here last month . . . So . . . I took a walk in the woods. Which is actually only feet from the back door. And, I found some purple. Have no idea what it is except that it is a wildflower. And, remember May Apples?


a little Purple for Prosperity (fcp)

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece"...Claude Monet


could it be?

After much coming and going, could it be that I now have new tenants? 


happy b-day

"Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, 
it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, 
sometimes more than once."  ~Dave Barry


shamrocks (fcp)

An Irish Blessing
"May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!"

all gone . . . .


I was looking for my favorite Irish butter today to go along with all the traditional fixings and there was none to be had. Leaving the store I spotted these fresh tulips. They are grown by a family in Virginia - so, I was thinking about our Irish ancestors that traveled down thru the Shenandoah Valley and thought these would be appropriate . . . Erin Go Braless


open house today! (fcp)

Apartment for rent. Cozy abode for two,
 Great location for starting a family!
 Nice view, shelter from inclement weather,
 Accompanying ledge/deck for entertaining or learning to fly.
 Must be accepting of nosy landlord with camera.
 No cats allowed. 
Every spring is the only spring ~
 a perpetual astonishment. 
 ~Ellis Peters


blues . . .

I do love those grays . . looks like we were in the same neighborhood?


grays (fcp)

I never appreciated gray days until I started to paint, but now I know neutrals make colors really pop. But then you have always embraced those muted shades, haven't you? I'm just slow to get it, I guess.


the best girl

"I wanted so badly to study ballet;
 but it was all about wearing the tutu."
Elle Macpherson


hey...you lookin' at me?

"Could you keep it down out there? I'm trying to get some sleep here....
Hey, is it snowing again?


then again . . . . .

this was about five weeks ago - it still looks like this


chocolate (fcp)

"All you need is love. 
but every now and then
 a little chocolate doesn't hurt"...
Charles Shultz



We have beautiful turquoise skies today. Crispy cool but very pleasant. And, just look what I found at the grocery . . . . . I miss the snow . . . .


complementary culahs (fcp)

Colin Cowie says food looks best in white plates where they are the star, and while I "get" that, I also love how orange looks against the blue. These look a little anemic because I used a flash, but you get the picture.

Sweet Potato slices, drizzled with olive oil and a little salt, baked in the oven--a little vitamin A for you today.

Stay warm--our snow melted already!