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Sharing the Passion……..

for gardening, for flowers, for the results of months, if not years, of effort. One of the things I so enjoy is living in a neighborhood with folks that want to share, with humility, their gardens and the results. Bouquets are carried up and down the street as gifts, individual blooms are displayed. Even the other night an elderly Italian lady brought a large hibiscus bloom that had fallen to the ground to our house because she found it pretty and hoped we would too. Some are true Master Gardeners, others like me putz about doing our best, studying and planning to do better next year. All agree the cycle is changing. One can sense it in the air. Some plan for next year with optimism. Some, I imagine, pray they will be here next Spring for yet another round. A bit somber today…those little, old ladies do that to me.



Reach out….Grow

“The beginning and the end reach out their hands to each other.” Chinese Proverb

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Bunches of Beauty

“What a lovely thing a rose is!… Our highest assurance of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

Arthur Conan Doyle

Roses-Photography-Flowers-Gardening-Emma's Rose-SwittersBIt occurred to me today, to count how many roses I tend to. I counted 30 roses. I am not astute enough to know all their names. I know where they came from in my parent’s old garden or my aunt’s old garden. I have some how, over time, acquired a love for roses…and fuchsias, clematis and geraniums too. All of this the imprint of my Mother, Father and Aunt. So far, I don’t see it imprinting upon any of my children. In the mean time, I will be busy.


Let There Be Light! Get off your ass…..

While Light Deprivation leads to Super Potent Pot, it leads to ever increasing inertia in my psyche. I start craving light and warmth about mid-February as the constant grey days close in and rob me of motivation and momentum. 

photography-macro-fly tying-woolly bugger-SwittersBI don’t think I am in the throes of SAD (Seasonally Affected Disorder), but I surely need brightness and more exercise.  I have become too wussy to Winter Steelhead for very long and much too sedentary with a computer on my lap. I went hiking this past weekend to take photos…a simple hike…and felt muscle soreness the next day…a clear indication that more activity is in order and that this linkage with technology is askew. Let there be light & I need to get off my ass. Fly fishing, hiking, photography, wild flowers, gardening, fresh air! Get up…get out. 

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