Beyond the Veil of Darkness

No moonlight illuminated the paths this night

The blackness appeared more intense like that of rich velvet

Yet I knew something waited just beyond

Vinca bud

Their scent was heightened by the their lack of visual beauty

Oriental Lily

I knew what I would find, but I did not know just as the blackness appeared more intense this night, so to were their colors

Turk's Cap Lily

Gerber Daisy

In previous years I’ve ventured out after dark

Please take a moment to see what past forays have revealed

Impending Darkness


Just Beyond the Darkness


Last Night


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

Garden Walk – Middle Gardens

Every garden has its transition area, mine is the middle garden

Hosta Glen, once an area comprised of raspberry canes and invasive weeds, now an alternative walkway to the house

It’s base is 12 loads of shale dumped by a former owner to make an access what was then a horse pasture and now the lower gardens

Looking south, the “grass” (mostly weeds!) is atop the shale

The sun bakes the slopes in the afternoon,the grade is steep

A work in progress
Slope behind the house, a work in progress. When we moved in this was all grass and weeds.

But the areas already tamed are beautiful!

Walkway to Middle Gardens with Praying Hands Hosta in forefront
Larkspur and shrub rose Elsie Mae
Larkspur and shrub rose Elsie Mae in terraced gardens behind the house

New flowers have been planted

Oriental Lilies
New flower garden planted last year

And others have jumped into the gardens


The area has been used to grow pumpkins and gourds and will once again hopefully host the Great Pumpkin this fall!

American robin gathering nesting material
American robin gathering nesting material