Saturday, February 28, 2009


Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy before the LORD, for he cometh to judge the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:33
"I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing robin, sing:

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring."

~ Christina Rossetti~

sisters - granddaughters-garden girls

Life is a child playing around your feet, a tool you hold firmly in your grip, a bench you sit down upon in the evening,
in your garden.
~ Jean Anouilh~

Friday, February 27, 2009

Frosty Fog



Who can resist a foggy morning in the garden. Add on top of that, frost, and you get MAGIC. Everything is traced in white.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pastel Books

Recently I wanted to add a fresher look to the bedroom and using books again I picked pastel coffee-table books to use as risers for vintage fans and a fun wire chair. I enjoy seeing the way the pastel colors mix. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Old Books


It's not only fun to read an old book in order to savor a classic in it's richest form but to use their rich colors and patina in decorating.
I like to choose ones in the colors I'm using in a room for the particular season. They make great risers for other accessories that need to be a bit higher. Or just add a stack on their own.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rainy Day

Rain has returned to the garden so Leif, who is with me today, and I are going to curl up with a good book.


I love Old books to read and also to decorate with.


I will be adding more ideas for books in decorating in my next post.

Also a favorites book list.

Monday, February 23, 2009


To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them,
of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table,bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries.
~ Anne Raver ~

That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow's lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God to think for him.
~ Martin Luther~

What is joy? It is a bird.

~ Sri Chinmoy~

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I love having helpers in the garden, especially
when they come in cute boots!

All gardens, even the most native and naturalistic, benefit from the hand of an artful pruner. In this season where the garden is poised for the green flood of springtime, remember that our gardens are co-creations, shared with mother nature. And like any good mother, she expects you to tidy up your room. Now get clipping!
~Tom Spencer~

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pruning Roses

I know this doesn't look very artful, but pruning very large roses is sometimes more about the big picture than delicate art. These large climers have become so overgrown that their supports were tipping or sagging. We are doing some heavy-duty pruning with the help of Ben, Shannon, John and Drake.

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
~ Arnold Toynbee~


Little by little, even with other cares, the slowly but surely working poison of the garden-mania begins to stir in my long sluggish veins.
~ Henry James ~

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


It is a happy talent to
know how to play.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I grow up
I want to be a little boy.

~ Joseph Heller

We may play with and pass on a garden, possessing one is an illusion.Gardeners must dance with feedback, play with results, turn as they learn.Some gardeners don't grow old and stop playing; they stop playing and grow old.Nature's playfulness is a gardener's delight.A garden is a sporting field, an area for play.

~Michael P. Garofalo,


Time spread over her face that dark gray patina which gives to very old monuments their season of beauty.
~Victor Hugo

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~Kahlil Gibran


It's February in my huge garden. Perhaps a bad time to start a gardening / photography blog. But moss is everywhere and we are going to celebrate it!

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