Category Archives: Gardens

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS, 3

Poor thing! Read the sign and weep, for the poor straggling diffident plant that’s been stuck with a double-barrelled loser of a name: Field Pussytoes, Antennaria Neglecta. And let that be an example for us all, not to neglect our antennae! (Even in … Continue reading

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This week’s theme, FRAY, was really challenging for me, photographically speaking.  I began with the idea of a battle, a skirmish, a tussle. Okay; but in a peaceful New England landscape, how’s that going to play out? We don’t run to … Continue reading

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There are textures in the garden of the simplest kind: grasses. Grasses too come in different varieties. These are ornamental grasses: and so are these: while here is the grass of an ordinary lawn — but rimed by early frost on a fall … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CONTAINERS, 2

Then there’s a box of stone unexpectedly containing — flowers! It makes me think of a famous haiku by Basho: The temple bell stops. But the sound keeps coming out of the flowers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CONTRAST

What is a lighthouse doing on a lawn? What is a witty urban red-lips sofa doing outside in the country?   Answer: At one time or another they both caught the eye of one of the great collectors of Americana, Electra … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: EXTRA! EXTRA!

A little something extra in the garden — To add interest? To chase you away? I can tell you, I didn’t linger!

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A Welcome Face!

Pansies = Pensées = Springtime! Here they are, a closeup from the pot outside the front door, some welcome faces of Spring after the winter from Hell. A welcome sight for sore and winter-blinded eyes!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LETTERS

Words. I love them. I’m a writer, so they’re my stock in trade. And words are made up of letters. So I love letters too! These particular letters are well worn and time-tested. Obviously used lovingly. I found them in a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: THRESHOLD

How many senses there are to the word “threshold”! I’m starting off with a genkan, a kind of no-man’s-land space between  the street and a house in Japan. This threshold figuratively marks the difference between inside (no shoes) and outside (shoes). The next threshold opens from outside gardens to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECTS

The challenge this week is to come up with photos featuring objects. Well, it’s too cold here still to venture forth. Fortunately, a while back we visited a place that has its own name, but I think of it as … Continue reading

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