In our woodland garden: Antique pink roses

The antique pink roses on the rosebush by the road finally bloomed, and they are lovely pale shades of pink. “The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process…

In our woodland garden: Irises

“What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned… The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself In the dark forest… What still pulls on your soul?”  (Rumi)      

In our woodland garden: Trillium

Trillium flowers face downward, so my photos this year are largely of the underside of the blooms.  Last year, in trying to position one for a better photo, I damaged it.  I didn’t want a repeat performance this Spring.  The state of Georgia where I live has more trillium species than anywhere else in the…

In our woodland garden: Azaleas

“Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted.“(Anna Quindlen)

And now they’re white

Last month I posted about our balloon flowers, all of which were purple.  Even when the buds appeared to be white, the flowers were purple when they opened.  Balloon flowers continue to pop open by our fence, but now all of the flowers are white…   “White… is not a mere absence of colour; it…


The deer love to eat our hostas.  But ever since new homes were built on the ridge behind us, cutting off the deer herds’ travel lanes, the deer have stayed away from our woodland garden.  The hostas are flourishing…   “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure…

Autumn azaleas?

Our azaleas always bloom in the Spring, and although there is a type of hybrid azalea called an Encore Azalea that also blooms in the Autumn, ours are not Encores.  Nonetheless, two of the azalea plants in our woodland garden are blooming.  What a surprise!