July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.” – John O’Donohue July Backyard Gardens One of the best partsContinue reading “July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide”

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”

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”

10 Favorite Garden Roses

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller     This past week has been a chaotic and heart-breaking one, in terms of the world around us. From the terrifying scenario playing out in Ferguson, Missouri, to the war-tornContinue reading “10 Favorite Garden Roses”

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”