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…

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…

Daylilies

They’re all along the roadsides now and in our garden… “So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees.”…

On Walking to Get the Newspaper…

It’s been awhile since I was able to walk down our road to get the newspaper. Today was only the second time that I’ve walked that distance since my husband fell and sustained a fractured spine.  Our sweet neighbors have been bringing our paper to us. The newspaper is delivered to a newspaper “tube” located…

“All things are alive and beautiful”

I don’t know if the mushrooms growing by our river birch are poisonous Jack O’Lantern mushrooms or edible Chanterelles, but they are quite large and quite beautiful.  “By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented…

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #10: Last Hurrah

I thought most of the leaves had turned completely brown now or had dropped to the ground.  However, these have just begun to show color.  I’m not sure if this is a small tree or a shrub, but I noticed it this past week while walking down our road.  As of today, the colors were…

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #7: Along our road

We finally have brilliant color! Here are a few photos taken on my cell phone during my walk down our road today.   See more autumn leaves or join the Festival of Leaves challenge here.    

Animals in the sanctuary: The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Earlier this month, many churches here in the U.S. celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with services that included the blessing of animals.  St. Francis, born in the 12th century, was a lover of nature, looked on all creatures as his brothers and sisters, and is the patron saint of animals and the…

Autumn azaleas, 2018

A year ago I posted that our azaleas had surprised us by blooming in October.  This year they are in bloom again right now.  For 20 years the azaleas bloomed only in the Spring, but for two years now they have bloomed in the Spring and the Fall.  Interesting…