Subset of Morning 4


    deep gray clouds huddle low on the ridge
    darkling mist clings to the treetops
    tarnished silver morning

    extravagant yellow dawn pours across the cove
    spilling rich sunlight onto the water
    golden coin morning

    cold rain lashes the bare shivering trees
    tiny rivulets run across the gray bark
    deep pewter morning

    deep orange sun forms on the hot horizon
    casting the molten clouds
    bronzed statue morning

    pale blue sky filled with bright clear sun
    and slender crescent moon
    sterling silver morning

    navy blue sky slams against the dark ridge
    sledged with hard thunder and strong lightning
    cold steel morning

Subset of Morning 3

Feb morning sky


Monet morning
waterlily clouds float above lavender horizon
impressionistic plein-air dawn

VanGogh morning
sun fills the sky with broad strokes of deep orange and brilliant gold
sunflower dawn

Pollock morning
gray and black clouds splatter and pour across the horizon
abstract expressionistic dawn

Picasso morning
azure sky sapphire clouds indigo cove
period of blue dawn

Rembrandt morning
dramatic sky streamed with beams of smokey light and moody cloud shadows
chiaroscuro dawn

Adams morning
sharp contrast light sky against black and white rocky ridges
photo perfect dawn

Subset of Morning 2


Beethoven morning-
complex symphonic dawn
a joyful breeze skipping over a pastoral landscape

Mozart morning –
happy little minuet dawn
with a touch of melancholy clouds

Bach morning –
humid fugue heavy dawn
sky of rolling clouds in minor keys

Vivaldi morning –
melodically bright dawn
concerto sky exuberant with color

Tchaikovsky morning –
dark overture dawn
filled with cannonous thunder and muffled drums of rain

Chopin morning –
blue rondo dawn
cartwheeling clouds dancing across the sky

Subset of Morning 1


Bluejay morning -
Sky feather blue with wispy white clouds-
A raucous song for the days start

Bluebird morning-
Sky feather blue with blush of red sun-
A flight of song to greet the day

Cardinal morning-
Sky feather red against black clouds-
Flash of brilliant song sparks the day

Mourning dove morning-
Sky feather gray with soft deep fog-
A  cooing lament to start the quiet day

Red tailed hawk morning-
Sky feather fast with rough rouged clouds
A sharp piercing cry to open the day

Goldfinch morning-
Sky feather yellow  with clouds molten gold-
A charmed song to start the day

silver morning

july morning

seldom heard but often sung
the perfectly silvered song
of a spring morning
gilded with rims of highly polished light
till the melody is striking as wind
in chimes ringing
clear pure tones
crystalline dawn rises singing
to meet the harmonies of sapphire sky
and morning moon
enveloped into the chorus
of birdsong and sun

A Refreshing Dip in the Garden

finch in bath

finch in bath 2

crowd at the bath

bluebird at the bath 1

bluebird in the bath 2

bluebird at the bath 3

mr and mrs at the bath 1

mr and mrs at the bath 2

The garden birdbath was a busy place this afternoon! We had many visitors taking a refreshing pause in the cool water.
I was so excited to see the bluebird couple – they have nested in our bluebird house on the old oak tree again this year. Must have taken a moment away from the rowdy chicks for a few moments alone!

A Sunday Afternoon in the May Garden

May Garden 2 5 18, 2014

foxglove May 2014

Faerie glade 2014

Dragonfly garden 5-18-14

May afternoon in the garden

The garden has a mind of its own this year – the columbine are a jungle of colorful blooms and lush green foliage – some have grown almost waist high!

The small dogwood trees are doing a great job of filling out and shading all the other plants. After losing our big saw tooth oak tree a couple of years ago, shade has been sorely missed and the garden suffered a bit because of it.

But now all is shady and cool and filled with chipmunk trails and faerie glades. Not too much rabbit damage this year. The hungry vixen has taken down that population to feed her kits. She and I came face to face this weekend. I was filling the hummingbird feeders early Saturday morning, when she popped over the rock ledge. Startled us both, but it was wonderful to see her and her foxy beauty – lean, with a gorgeous red coat. She trotted to the edge of the yard and went back to her den. Hope that she and her family will make this their permanent residence for a while.

The foxglove are blooming and the astilbe are beginning to fill out. The hosta look happy for the shade of the little trees. I will let the columbine seed pods dry and then harvest the seeds to share with friends and family.

I love sitting in the garden – watching the birds and the insects – the bumble bees are as busy as ever. The sound of the waterfall, rustling of leaves, dappled sun bouncing over the flowers – a soothing and relaxing space – filling my heart with spring.

I hope you have a quiet green space to visit and enjoy – and your heart is filled with spring too!

A walk in the May garden

Herons garden in May 2014

hanging garden

pinks in may 2014

Iris in May 2014

Garden in May 2014

Ahhh – the garden is filled with color and the bees busy at their tasks. Our iris have begun to bloom sending the old fashioned flags above the garden, stately with their strapping green leaves.

Iris always remind me of my grandmother, Albertine Nettie Savage Gresham, Teeney for short and Mam Ma to her grandchildren. She had iris on the slope of her yard in Waco, TX. The night air in May was filled with their fragrance. And they always seem to look like older ladies to me – with colorful scarves covering their well coiffed hair and smelling of sweet floral perfumes and powders.

The fringed pinks are blooming too – their scent of clove and spice mixing with the sweetness of the iris.

Our columbine are beginning to show signs of going to seed – their season is never long enough. And when they go to seed, my garden does too, until the husks are dry enough to harvest seed for friends and family and to broadcast the next generations into the garden. Then the dry stalks can be cut back to make way for summer flowers.

The heron watches over the pollywogs – will soon have tiny frogs to contend with along the path. Water brings its own magic into the May garden.

Hope you can find a little garden magic too.

A Visit to the May Garden

Riot of columbines 2014May Garden 5 2014Riot of columbine 2 2014Fairie garden 2014May Garden 4 2014Blues and double blues 2014May Day 2013May garden 3 2014

Now, this year, the columbines are just showing off!

The garden is thick with these sweet flowers in a riot of color and form. We have the palest of clear white to deep burgundy to double blues for the first time.

The bees are drunk with delight. You should see these big old bumbles working their magic – cross pollinating to beat the band, and leaving the secrets of their work to be revealed next spring. They tumble thru the garden, loaded with golden pollen, to finally make their way to a hive hidden in the woods. I wonder what columbine honey would taste like?

The iris will be in bloom in the next few days and the pinks are just showing color. Hostas and ferns are making their way. So the summer garden is taking shape.

I am sure the fairies are enjoying this garden – dancing and reveling in the magic of the columbines every night under the new moon.
I keeping hoping to see them one night in their merriment – might even join in the dance.