500, Thank You – Whose Behind the Curtain 

It’s been over 5 years since I published my first post on WordPress. It has never gone viral, it remains a little blog sharing insights into the beauty of the natural world with a few diversions.

Butterflies at Pedernalas State Park Texas

Thank you to all who have stopped by over the years. I’ve enjoy meeting all of you and thank you for allowing me to peek into your worlds.

For those who have stopped by, you know only my avatar has given you a glimpse into who I am. Today this post looks behind the curtain. Why, I am not sure, other than it’s time to share a bit more! Thank you again,

Bonnie michelle at Pedernalas Falls State Park Texas

Bonnie Michelle


Come Back, Back to the Gardens

I’ve often said life gets in the way of living or perhaps its the other way around. However one chooses to interpret the statement, these past months life has indeed put obstacles in the way of living.  Even though the winter in Eastern Pennsylvania was not harsh to the outer world, it was harsh internally.

The labyrinth in spring
The labyrinth in spring

Early blooming daffodils

As days grew longer and the earth moved into another spring season I moved back into the gardens and pictures were taken and stored.

Lilac blossom
Lilac blossom

Daffodils near stream

Single Daffodil

Life continued to swirl around me.  Many changes occurred including retiring from an 18 year vocation. New paths are being created in the gardens and new paths are opening before me.

Pathway to the barn

Come back to the gardens and enjoy their ever-changing vistas.

Newest garden Ragwort and Ajuga

Reseeded hellebore

Who Watches the Garden Grow?

Twelve winter seasons at this place we call home

The labyrinth January 1st, 2016

Twelve years of growth, of knowledge, of mistakes

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine 2
Invasive orchid

Alyssum and violas have braved freezing nights




But never have Helleborus rose so confidently above a barren ground



Projects begun and completed

A waiting game - bowling ball pyramid


Dreams of those yet to come


Join with us who watch the garden grow in anticipation of what Gaia has planned for us.


All images of flowers taken January 1st, 2016 excluding the invasive orchid

Sumac berries
Sumac berries

Fast Forward

What lingers is the internal memory of the cold

I felt as though I could never get warm and wondered if I would ever feel the warmth of the sun on my body

Now I cherish the sunshine as does Mother Earth

The vegetable garden in winter, early March 2015
The vegetable garden in winter, early March 2015


The vegetable garden in summer, 2015
The vegetable garden in summer, 2015


Every garden has corners, alcoves, hidden recesses


Vignettes only appreciated from unusual perspectives

Tulips by the potting shed

Plantings that make your heart leap

Parrot tuilps by potting shed

Flowers that are coveted

Parrot Tulip

My small planting of Parrot Tulips makes my heart leap and fills me with pride that they continue to survive

The potting shed and parrot tulips

A few years ago I created this post chronicling the history of these amazing plants don’t forget to click on the title to check it out!

Parrot Tulips – A Magnificent Mutation

Parrot Tulip 2

Daffodil Days

Immortalized in poetry

Close-up of early bloomong daffodil

Burned into memory

Daffodils on bank

Anticipation of sunshine here on earth

Daffodils rescued from a local cemetery

Only here for a fleeting moment

Close-up of daffodil cup

Returning next spring

Late blooming daffodils in lower garden

Beside the lake beneath the trees fluttering and dancing in the breeze 

from  William Wordsworth‘s  Daffodils

 Early bloomong daffodils All daffodils photographed  in this post were rescued from local homes and cemeteries