Texas Flowers, Clark Gardens, Weatherford, TX

Texas Flowers, Clark Gardens, Weatherford, TX

Beyond the stockyards, the boots and bar-b-Q spring is the time to see Texas flowers bloom.  East of Weatherford, TX is Clark Gardens Botanical Park. A private garden of 55 acres open to the public for spring and fall only.  My mid April visit gave me a glimpse of the famous Texas blue bonnet magic.  Great sweeps of blue mixed in with double ruffled pink poppies filled the ground in all directions.

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Donna’s Garden

Donna’s Garden

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, a place to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.“  John Muir…   Continue Reading

Yellow Season

Yellow Season

It is yellow season in the Desert Southwest.  It is that brief time between our short spring and very long hot summer when yellow flowering plants seem to be everywhere. No plant announces this season more beautifully than the Palo Verde tree in full bloom.   The small yellow flowers are like spring rain drops suspendedContinue Reading

What’s Your Sign?

What’s Your Sign?

What is the sign you look for to tell you spring is near? Is it a robin, a crocus poking up through the dead leaves of last fall, a just awakening snake in your path, a citrus blossom, a pussy willow branch, or that first walk out of doors without a jacket?  …   Continue Reading

Digging Deep

Fran Sorin’s 10th Anniversary edition of Digging Deep, Unearthing your creative Roots Through Gardening  Author Fran Sorin offers such a clear song of hope in an era of ernest gardening.  This book offers garden guidance, motivation and inspiration to reframe your definition of gardening. So many gardeners are digging in their plants with a fearContinue Reading

A Garden Love Story – Abkhazi Garden

A Garden Love Story – Abkhazi Garden

“A Garden is a perpetual reminder that there are no shortcuts to the important things in life”.- Princess Peggy Abkhazi  In Victoria, BC there are many fabulous gardens. The Abkhazi garden is an acre heritage site tucked away in a residential area of Victoria. This garden situated on a rocky ridge overlooks the Strait ofContinue Reading

The Artist’s Garden, edited by Anna O. Marley

“The Artist’s Garden American Impressionism and the Garden Movement”  edited by Anna O. Marley Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia C 2014…   Continue Reading

Garden Conservatory – A Crystal Palace

Garden Conservatory – A Crystal Palace

It is citrus season.  Outside my door the oranges are ripening on an overloaded tree providing a surplus of the sweet fruit. If you don’t have a tree right outside your door, you can still find an abundance of the succulent fruit right down the street at your supermarket….   Continue Reading

Seeds, One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees

  “Seeds” by  Richard Horan 2011   “One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton,”…   Continue Reading

Plants of Ice & Fire

Plants of Ice & Fire

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden A few years ago I had no idea where Tasmania was.  I remembered the Looney Tunes ® cartoon character of the Tasmanian Devil, but beyond that I knew little else.  Until this year, when I found myself in the Tasmanian Royal Botanical Garden in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, over 8000 milesContinue Reading