Wednesday Vignette: Take Care of Our Heart

Take not for granted our precious, clean water. It is a privilege and gift!

Forest Garden


“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean?

Because the ocean is the cornerstone

of earth’s life support system,

it shapes climate and weather.

It holds most of life on earth; 97% of earth’s water is there.

It’s the blue heart of the planet —

we should take care of our heart.

It’s what makes life possible for us.

We still have a really good chance

to make things better than they are.

They won’t get better unless we take the action

and inspire others to do the same thing.

No one is without power.

Everybody has the capacity to do something.”


Sylvia A. Earle



“There is such solace in the mere sight of water.

It clothes us delicately in its blowing salt and scent,

gossamer items that medicate the poor soul”


Sebastian Barry



“What begins at the water shall end there,

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Wordless Wednesday

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Daily Prompt: Minimal

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Sunlight creates sparkles and shadows on snow… or could it be stars amid clouds?

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The Tuesday View March 21

Just wanted to show why I’m still not posting any spring flower photos. As you can see, it’ll be a while yet.

With a nod to Cathy at Words and Herbs, who hosts a weekly meme of photos taken of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the last year’s views for full circle comparison. It’s interesting to note that last year, spring’s arrival was a lot earlier. There is no way that the garden will look like this in 10 days’ time. We seem to be stuck in a cold and snowy weather pattern this year. Never a dull moment in the nature.

Looking forward to the next growing season!


April 1, 2016


June 11, 2016


June 28, 2016


July 26, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

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In A Vase On Monday – Fothergilla

img_7120After a mishap destroyed half my Witch-Alder shrub (Fothergilla major) in front of my porch, rather than throw the branches in the brush pile, I thought I’d try to force them into bloom.

A marvelous native plant, its honey-scented, bottle-brush 1-3″ blooms attract scads of pollinators in May. While the forced blooms weren’t as large as they’d be if attached to their roots, the small, faintly-scented blooms still brought forth the memories of warm days past and ones I anticipate are just around the corner.

It’s the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and although snow still blankets my area, the sun shines more warmly and the days grow longer. It won’t be long before the snow has melted and green buds will be pushing forth. To my friends in the southern hemisphere, enjoy the cooler days ahead!

Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts this weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, is celebrating her fifth blogiversary.  Wander over to wish her well and to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

Aglaonema Red Sumatra

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March Comes In Like a Lion, Goes Out Like a Lamb

mudseason“March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.”  ~ Proverb

Here in New England during March, we can experience a broad range of weather from raging blizzard, like Tuesday’s storm Stella, to warm days with temperatures reaching the 60sF (15C). So far this month, the proverb is holding true– we’ve had the lion and now we’re hoping for the lamb.

For those who live on dirt roads, it is also mud season, which, depending on the rate of thaw, is either “not too bad,” or “living hell,” with axle deep mud.

It is also when maple sap flows and we flock to sugarhouses for that delicious treat: maple syrup and sugar candy.

ImageIn varying degrees, we also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, breaking out of winter’s doldrums with total abandon by imbibing glasses of green beer, or for those more temperate, cheery bouquets of green carnations, bells of Ireland and potted gifts of Oxalis, commonly known as shamrocks. The triple-leaved symbol was said to be used by St. Patrick in the 5th century to teach ‘pagans’ about the Holy Trinity and the three Christian virtues of faith, love and charity. (The four-leaved clover, because of its rare occurrence, became associated with good luck, symbolizing respect, health, wealth and love.)

For those who garden, you can generate your own good luck by growing Oxalis from bulbs on your windowsill or patio. Easy to grow, they come in many varieties. The family Oxalidaceae has 6 genera and over two hundred species originating from all over the world, with the majority from the Americas and South Africa. The latter being the easiest to cultivate.


Bulbs planted in full sun in spring form mounds of foliage in four to six weeks and are covered with blooms until cooler weather sends them into dormancy. Not winter hardy below US zone 7, they must be dug up and stored overwinter. After a period of rest, they can be repotted in 50/50-coir/perlite mix and will bloom indoors throughout the winter. Not liking wet feet, water sparingly only when dry.

Oxalis regnelli is the classic green shamrock with bright green foliage, topped by abundant white, five-petalled blossoms. O. triangularis has large purple leaves with deep pink interiors. O. tetraphylla ‘Iron Cross’ has bright green leaves with purple splashes at leaf junctions. For the unusual, O. vulcanicola ‘Molten Lava’ sports chartreuse to orange foliage with yellow flowers. All make great additions to outdoor container gardens.


Oxalis tetraphylla ‘Iron Cross’ at Powell Gardens, photo: Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”  ~ Irish Blessing

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