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…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Path

  “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”   (Anatole France) Lens-Artists Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Photos can be submitted any time before the next challenge is announced. You can join this week’s challenge here.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Small is Beautiful

  A few small things I photographed today with my phone while sitting in the sun on my front porch… Lens-Artists Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Photos can be submitted any time before the next challenge is announced. You can join this week’s challenge here.

Gladiolus

When we moved here over twenty years ago there were gladioli blooming in the flower bed by the side of the garage.  Over the years we’ve removed a number of the plants and tried to grow other flowers, but the gladioli keep coming up. Two days ago, while checking on things after another torrential rain…

Lingering into Spring

During the winter the American beech tree can easily be spotted in wooded areas, as its leaves do not drop.  The leaves turn brown but linger until Spring.  As new leaves begin to sprout, the old ones fall to the ground.  If our warm weather continues, it won’t be long before these leaves fall…  …

“Let the rain kiss you…”

Flowering quince in the rain “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”  (Langston Hughes)

View from the hospital

Last week my husband was in the hospital for an operation on his throat. We had wonderful views from hospital windows. Here are a couple of photos looking north before the snow started. Once the snow began to fall in earnest, oldest daughter and I had to stay overnight at the hospital, but that’s another…

Birthday flowers usher in October

We celebrated my dad’s 89th birthday yesterday evening on the last night of September.  Before the celebration, our daughter made a quick trip to the supermarket to pick up something she needed, and when she returned she brought these lovely flowers.  What a beautiful way to decorate for the party and to usher in my…

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: 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…