still in bloom

270/365: meadow rue

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I’m always happy to find flowers still in bloom in early autumn – besides the ubiquitous mums, of which, I a not a huge fan. The meadow rue can easily be taller than me, despite its delicate appearance. I like things that manage to be mighty and tender all at once.

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dancing queens

264/365: red and yellow dahlias

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Can’t you just hear the music? I see a dance hall full of swirling red and yellow skirts, smiling faces, warmth and energy.

There are no wallflowers among dahlias.

all in the neighborhood

260/365: sedum flowers

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I always feel that the sedum flowers are the ‘girl next door’ in the garden. That is to say: gorgeous and overlooked.

I had to check to see how often I’d posted them in the past…turns out it’s been five years. Definitely time these beauties get another turn in the spotlight.

Visit the 2010 sedum post here. I really like what I wrote about them back then.

ding dong

234/365: bells of ireland

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Call it the luck o’ the Irish.

One of my favorite green flowers appeared in our garden quite by surprise. I know I didn’t plant it and I almost pulled it, thinking it was a week. Something made me wait and see.

I love to see my less-than-fastidious gardening practices rewarded! With a little time, space, and sunlight, who knows what might blossom?

embarrassment of riches

As if the wealth of sun-ripened berries and full rainbow of farm-fresh veggies weren’t enough – the farmer’s market is now bursting with blooms in such exuberantly colorful & random bouquets that is almost feels like too much. Almost.

blog071615_farmers-market-bouquet193/365: farmer’s market bouquet

i never promised you a rose garden

Everything, all around, is so lush and green. This scene just struck me in its austerity.

I love the contrasting cheer of the bright yellow flowers -a hint of the visual racket outside the frame.

blog071515_branches&weeds@nokomis192/365: branches & weeds, lake nokomis

shine on

One of the many beautiful things about gardens is the way the flowers complement and contrast with one another  at the same time that each one is is busy being its own individual miracle.

One shining star doesn’t throw the rest of the garden into shadow – it just helps every other thing to shine more brightly.

blog060215_purple&gold150/365: salvia and irises

alternative gardens & cracks in the sidewalk

Lately I’ve been thinking about how much I enjoy the juxtaposition of natural subjects and human-built elements. It’s one of those common sightings that we often take for granted but there is something interesting in the tension that exists between these elements. I guess I like to see how we can all co-exist, how it looks when we allow nature to have its way sometimes.

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148/365: sidewalk crack with prairie flax