Summer Gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing down. Most of the year, out of necessity, I’m moving too fast. Busyness becomes a routine, andContinue reading “Summer Gardens”

A Gardener’s Color Guide: 20 Favorite Garden Flowers

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet I love flowers. I always have, and probably always will. This year, I’m more excited than usual to get planting — I have a garden to plant, a blank slate. Before my family and I moved to Prague, my gardens at our former house overflowed withContinue reading “A Gardener’s Color Guide: 20 Favorite Garden Flowers”

Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables   During the month of May and the first half of June, the weather blew into Ohio in hot gusts, dry enough to wither theContinue reading “Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal”

Peonies and Beauty

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. – Alice Walker   I have always loved flowers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fields of red poppies or vibrant yellow rapeseed across Europe, the Redbud and Dogwood trees here in Ohio this spring, from the small garden in my backyard,Continue reading “Peonies and Beauty”

A Lasting Spring, in photos

“Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses…” – Sir Alan Herbert This past weekend, I took advantage of the warm hours of sunshine, slipped on my gardening gloves, and headed out into the gardens with the pruners. The remnant of last fall’s foliage, weathered and grayed and lifeless, lay strewn in mounds. After aContinue reading “A Lasting Spring, in photos”

On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross   I haven’t always loved flowers, or maybe I have … but I remember vividly the dayContinue reading “On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty”