Pocket of joy: Roses

Although I regularly post photos of flowers, the roses bring me special joy. Both my pink and my yellow roses are in bloom right now. 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…

Snowball Bush Viburnum

One of my favorite shrubs in the woodland garden is the Snowball Bush Viburnum. The blooms start out an apple-green color before changing to white. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

It’s baseball season

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
If it’s Spring it must be baseball season. Baseball is just one of the sports Ben plays, and our hind catcher of five years ago now plays first base and also is becoming a good pitcher. I was able to see one of his games last week when I…

Golden Ragwort

Noxious weed or beautiful wildflower? This one appeared in a raised bed formerly used as a vegetable garden. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Facing Fears & Jumping Off Docks

Originally posted on Sweet Peach:
While recently at the lake (see my previous post, “Lake Life”), my 10 year old son, and his cousin of the same age, decided to try jumping from the second story of the dock. Don’t worry, the dock was designed for this, with a special gate opening up at the…

Sweetshrub

Always one of my favorites, the sweetshrub also is known as Carolina allspice, strawberry-bush, sweet bubby, sweet Betsy and spicebush. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Purple Formosa Azalea

Larger than most azaleas, the Purple Formosa has blooms that can be magenta, lavender-pink, or a deeper purple. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

White azaleas

“White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” (Gilbert K. Chesterton) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the…

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