For those who have never walked a garden during a snowfall it is difficult to perceive the quiet beauty that is the winter garden
In hidden spaces remnants of flowers are found frozen to the ground
Snow adds new dimensions to garden sculptures
Paths are hidden save for those that are outlined by their protruding borders
Melting snow creates droplets of ice which reflect next year’s new growth
Evergreens brighten otherwise neutral areas of the gardens
Twilight only adds to the ambient atmosphere
Balance is achieved
I am both a gardener and a caretaker of an official Certified Wildlife Habitat. For many years I have been faithful to the mission of providing food, water, cover and places to raise young for all species of wildlife that share the garden space.
I know the importance of removing invasive plants and adding native plantings.
Along with this commitment I also work diligently to create a landscape that provides for the humans who frequent the garden a space for peaceful contemplation and exploration.
A species of plant that is found at the intersection of garden and wildlife habitat is the hosta.
Utilizing its structural impact hostas create focal points in the garden landscape.
The multiple shades of green found in the myriad of hosta cultivars encourage the gardener to create their own unique garden palette.
Along with structure and color, hostas provide the four elements needed in a certified wildlife habitat.
FOOD – WATER – COVER – PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG
Look among the leaves in summer and you will find a multitude of insects hiding from the midday heat.
After a rain storm hosta leaves cradle droplets of water from
which the smallest of garden inhabitants drink.
Insects and arachnids utilize the safety found within the dense leaves of a hosta plant, to raise their young.
In autumn decaying leaves provide a refuge for insects and others who hug the earth.
Then in winter these same leaves provide sustenance for deer who cross the growing season’s boundaries.
By sharing your garden bounty, you will be rewarded!
To learn more about the Certified Wildlife Habitat or Hostas click on the links below
This new year I have garnered the courage to step beyond the garden gates and share the greater world in which I live. I hope all who join my journey find life as interesting as I
A Body of Believers
A unifying pattern of belief
Woven together in community
Celebrated in joyous sound
and mystical revelations
Symbolic representations of a greater truth
Meant to inspire those within
Click on the link below to learn more about this amazing church and its mission
Easton PA opens its doors to a myriad of local sub-communities and groups seeking support and collaboration. I am a part of one of these groups.
As a child my parents would drive through neighborhoods and I would be mesmerized by the lights that adorned the eves and trees that surrounded neighboring homes. As I grew older we would continued to drive through neighborhoods but I found myself trying to peek through unobstructed windows to see how others chose to decorate their homes for the holidays. Today you will not need to drive slowly nor strain your eyes to see what’s behind closed doors. You are welcomed to enter and see how one American family adds Christmas magic to their home!
Numerous articles have been penned extolling the virtues of native plants. The West Virgina Native Plant Society has posted this article
Exotics or invasive species squeeze out natives and diminish populations of both flora and fauna.
In order to preserve our native ecosystems we need to recognize the importance of our natives.
This stand of sumac was a mass of shrubs when we became the caretakers of this farmstead.
We carefully thinned out the stand and today we have sumac trees which feed our native bird population.
If you have Staghorn sumac growing on your property consider allowing them to reach their full potential.
Both you and native wildlife will be rewarded!