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A Rhody & Briars

This unique Rhody is surrounded by blackberry briars. Protruding up through the bush from all directions, already towering above the shrub, the neighbor does nothing to halt the growth of the invasive briar. An affront to good gardening and being a good neighbor. The neighbor fails to cut his grass, so the weeds go to seed and blow with the prevailing wind. Moss, briars, decaying leaves and muck show a life distracted, consumed or just done. The neighbor’s house and yard is in neglect. Relationships with neighbors have dwindled or were never formed. No one attempts to bridge this gap of unfamiliarity. Shades and curtains always drawn. Decay inside and out. Yet this beautiful rhododendron puts forth unattended beauty. 

Rhody, Rhododendron, garden, photo, SwittersB


Abandoned or New Growth

“Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” Ralph Waldon Emerson

“Turning your back on nothing and walking away is not disloyal, it’s self respect.” Justin McFarlane Beau

The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted. Peter McWilliams

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Life’s Challenges……..Not Always Black and White


“Wherever the army has passed, briars and thorns spring up. Years of hunger follow in the wake of a great war.”  Lao Tzu

“Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.”  Cherokee/Slaves/Georgia Folklore

“Truths and Roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau


The Constant of Change…..

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“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You´re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you´re two months back in the middle of March.”

Robert Frost, 1934


Vines & Briars About to Spring

An old, historic farm house and outbuilding. The farm house is maintained as best as possible by volunteers, but the outbuilding is losing the preservation battle. Cracks in the brick, intrusive, prying vines and decay are having their winning ways. Holes and cracks are already active habitat for birds. The vines and briars are sprouting to life and soon will further force their way into nooks and crannies and ever so powerfully loosen the structure. Spring in coming to life and soon the tired structure will be encased in vines and briars. 

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