The Garden by the Woods

There are no fences

Life is not contained and moves freely from wood to garden and back again

Seed pods explode – plants propagate

A welcoming place, a happy space

Hellebore

female bullfrog

Eastern Garter snake

hellebore

female bullfrog

Eastern Garter snake

female bullfrog

 

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Emergence

the process of coming into being

of becoming important

prominent

Each spring layers disappear and what lies beneath waiting

Emerges into the light of a new season

Scilla emerging from the snow

Iris emerging from the snowSweet violets amongst the rocks

Self-seeded helleborus

 

Under a New Fallen Snow

There is a peace that permeates one’s being while walking through a garden after a new fallen snow.

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But along  with that peace comes a feeling of sadness as the realization of knowing another season comes to an end.

Blood Red Maple leaf on Praying Hands hosta

Endings may be not be what they appear

Purple Alyssum

Look into hidden corners of the garden and see what emerges from the snow cover ground

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Allow your eyes to be drawn to vibrant colors in an otherwise neutral landscape

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Rejoice in knowing this is not an end, only life passing through celestial cycles

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Feed the Birds

Allowing native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants to  proliferate not only strengthens the web of life it is partnering with Gaia.

Blue Jay bird on sumac

Adding additional food sources to the gardens helps to feed the creatures who share our space.

Chipmunk on sunflower

In eastern Pennsylvania October is the time to help gardens ready for the coming winter.

The potting shed in autumn

It is also a time to help the wildlife around us get ready for darker, colder days.

Downy Woodpecker on sunflower (bird)

Due to their high metabolic rate birds in particular need high-energy foods, those high in calorie and fat content.

Eastern Towhee (bird)

Juniper berries provide this important source of energy, containing 46% carbohydrate and 16% fat.

American robin bird on Eastern Red Cedar

Sunflower seeds contain almost 30 percent fat as well as fiber, protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron potassium and vitamin E.

Tuffed Titmouse on sunflower (bird)

Sharing a space means becoming a caretaker. We are an important part of the web of life. At this moment in time we are the only ones who can completely destroy it or strengthen each strand.

Black-capped Chickadee on sunflower (bird)

 

 

The Butterfly and the Liatris 

Tiger Swallowtail on Liatris

Mornings offer a quiet, peaceful time of day. The creatures of the garden are awakening and beginning their search for food. Upon finding an appropriate banquet they settle in and begin to feast. 

Last Night

Twilight

Oriental lily

Aromatic scents fill the air

Perennial flower border

The earth’s perfume – sweet, earthy, musk and floral notes tease our sense of smell

Sunflower at twilight

 A walk through a garden is experiential

Oriental lilly and Drumstick allium