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…

Love the blue!

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”  (John Ruskin) Mophead hydrangea   Lacecap hydrangea   Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day


My husband is the horticulturist in the family. He knows all of our plants by their common and Latin names.  However, ever since he suffered a stroke in February, he can no longer remember the names.  I took these photos a few weeks ago, and I think this shrub is a Viburnum. I love the…

Tulip poplar

The tulip poplar is one of the largest of the native trees in the eastern United States and is a valuable hardwood tree.  Early European settlers in the U.S. called it “Canoewood” because Native Americans made dug-out canoes from its trunk.  It also is known as Fiddletree, Whitewood, Yellow poplar, and as Tulip-tree because its flowers…

A gift of Freesia

Fresh flowers!  What a lovely gift from daughter #1. She was disappointed that they had no scent, but they were beautiful.   Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day