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. 

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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

Not For the Faint of Heart – Creatures of Valley View Who Share the Garden Space

There is a beauty and tranquility that gardeners aspire to create in their garden spaces.

Iris in small molded pond

What we sometimes seem to forget is that before we began to  move’ dig or change the landscape there were creatures who inhabited the space before us.

Green frog

In order to create a space rich in energy and in balance with our Mother,

Nursery Web spider close-up

We must honor those who live near and beneath our feet.

Eastern Garter snake eye half closed

I have come to understand these creatures and do not seek to harm them in any way.

Venusta Orchard Spider on leaf

First and foremost it’s important to know these amazing reptiles, amphibians and insects are not poisonous, they do not seek me out to harm me.

Nursery Web spider with egg case

Instead we have a symbiotic relationship.

Green frog with reflection

I create garden spaces and they take care of things that seek to harm it.

Eastern Garter snake

For those who garden in areas where creatures live that may do the gardener harm, care is of utmost importance. But if like myself you are fortunate to live in an area free of harm, enjoy and honor those who share your garden space!

 

The Kitchen Garden

It begins anew every year.

The Early May Garden
The Early May Garden
The Late May Garden
The Late May Garden

Changing – expanding

Broccoli
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cauliflower

Seeds are harvested to be planted again

Red Oak Leaf lettuce grown from harvested seeds
Red Oak Leaf lettuce grown from harvested seeds

The cycle continues

Dill grown from harvested seeds
Dill grown from harvested seeds
Dill seed heads
Dill seed heads

There is unbound  joy from garden to table

Yellow Summer Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
French Breakfast Radishes
French Breakfast Radishes

Vegetables harvested, prepared and eaten the same day

Purple Pepper
Purple Pepper

A bounty to be shared with family and friends

The garden in Early June
The garden in Early June
The Garden in mid- June
The Garden in mid-June