The Dogwood is beginning to bloom. Let’s hope it can survive tonight’s low temperatures. We’re under a freeze warning, and the temperature is forecast to drop to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius). Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day


My friend asked me to care for her Amaryllis plants while she was away during December. They had been outside in pots, but I brought them home and put them upstairs where they would get plenty of sunlight. (I live in the woods, and the main floor of my house doesn’t get direct sunlight.) Sadly,…

Spring Festival 2022: Week #10~Tulip Poplar

The Tulip Poplar trees are very tall, and it’s difficult to see the flowers from the ground… But sometimes the flowers fall to the ground intact… Linked to Dawn’s Spring Festival 2022 and Cee’s Flower of the Day

In the dead of winter…

Once again this year my Flowering Quince bushes are blooming in the dead of winter. The buds and blooms have survived many nights of below freezing temperatures. We have what may prove to be a severe winter storm coming this weekend. I hope the Quince survive the ice and snow that are predicted to be…

In our woodland garden: Sweet Shrub

My childhood memory of Sweet Shrub is that it had a lovely, spicy fragrance. We have two Sweet Shrubs in our woodland garden, and neither has any fragrance at all. What happened? Linked to Cee’s FOTD

Dance upon the mountains like a flame, 2018

Flame azaleas grow wild here in the mountains of North Georgia, and I always look forward to seeing them bloom in the spring.  They may very well be my favorite flowers.   “Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains…


Tenacity – the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.  Our tenacious azaleas continue to bloom even in December.

Dainty in White: Country Clematis

  “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.”        (G.K. Chesterton)

What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: Joe Pye Weed

It’s everywhere here and attracts butterflies like a magnet.  A flowering plant in the sunflower family, Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern United States and Canada. But who was Joe Pye anyway?  The plant is reported to have been named for Jopi (pronounced Joe Pye), a  Native American healer who used the plant…

What I found on my walk down the road: Jewelweed, nature’s anti-itch medicine

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also is known as orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam. It is an annual plant native to North America and has been used by Native Americans and herbalists (and my family) to treat all manner of skin rashes and even insect bites. The leaves and the juice from the stem can be used to treat poison…