Mountain Witch Alder

The Mountain Witch Alder (Fothergilla major) is native to the woodlands here in the Southern Appalachians. This year the bottlebrush flowers appeared before most of the leaves emerged. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Azaleas in profusion

Azaleas are everywhere here, and they grow to enormous sizes and can be found in a myriad of colors. Most of the azaleas in my garden are in shades of pink or fuchsia and are in full bloom. I have one that has white blooms, but they are just beginning to open. I’ll have to…

Cherry blossoms

“What a strange thing!to be alivebeneath cherry blossoms.” (Kobayashi Issa) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Carolina Jessamine: Beautiful but deadly

Also known as Carolina Jasmine, the Carolina Jessamine vine has beautiful, sweetly scented yellow blooms and will flourish in a variety of conditions. However, all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans if ingested, and deer and rabbits will not eat it. The sap also may cause skin irritation. This beautiful vine can be…


We have several dogwood trees just behind our house, and many grow wild in the woods beyond. One little tree was planted by my husband at least 20 years ago, seems to have barely grown and has rarely bloomed. But it has three blooms on it now… Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wildflowers in a mountain meadow (???)

Not really. Just the white violets in my front lawn before it was mowed today, the first mowing of the season. “When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in the early spring.” (Farkas Bolyai)

Pocket of joy: Camellia blooms after the flash flood

Recent heavy rains brought flash flooding to my father’s mountain property. One foot bridge was completely washed away, and the other, larger bridge was destroyed. A wooden walkway was moved by the rising water. The air conditioning compressor is ruined. Water is under the house, and now the inside of the house smells musty and…

Pocket of joy: Colorful trees of Spring

The trees in the pasture in Kellum Valley always are gorgeous in the Autumn, but they also are lovely in the Spring. I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy…

Always changing and never changing

“But even when the moon looks like it’s waning…it’s actually never changing shape. Don’t ever forget that.”  (Ai Yazawa) When things around me are in a state of upheaval I look at the moon and realize that though everything is always changing, some things really never change. My father may be in hospice care, and…

Through the woods

As Spring approaches, the afternoon sunlight through the trees is changing. Here are three views through the woods, taken from my front porch. If you look closely at the first photo you can see the roof and chimney of my neighbor’s house. She is an amazing artist, and the house was once a railroad station….