35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring

Here in Ohio, Spring has been hard to find. Winter kept its grasp on the weather and continued snowing up until the last week of April. It’s difficult to feel like winter will ever end on years like this one. And yet, spring is indeed arriving, even if it is a few weeks late. Now,Continue reading “35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring”

100 Times to Experience Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Today I am ready for the reawakening of Spring. It snowed today for hours with white-out conditions. By this time in the year,Continue reading “100 Times to Experience Spring”

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”

Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy One week ago, ferocious wind and sideways snow blew through the little corner of Ohio where I live. Here in Ohio,Continue reading “Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy”

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”

5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844 After such a dark week last week, I need a colorful fix of beauty and light, one of my favorite kind, of flowers, flowers, flowers. My hands are in the dirt more often now,Continue reading “5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs”

Blooming Recklessly, Spring

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 towards him. ~Auguste Rodin Every year about this time I remember one of my favorite quotes, unknown inContinue reading “Blooming Recklessly, Spring”

Prague and the Longest Day of the Year

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  -Bern Williams In Prague, there is one sure way know that it is the longest day of the year: it is officially dark  from 11:30pm to 2:30am. Yes, we are at the shortest night of the year, and I can hardly imagineContinue reading “Prague and the Longest Day of the Year”