Life in the Garden


The Clematis blossoms dried

and remain on the vine

interesting still in the straw version of themselves


Romero sheared the Foxtail Ferns to the ground

As he promised, they sprang from the soil

into mounds of green Foxtail forests.



The leaves of the Bromeliads turned brown

in the winter freeze and

I thought they were dead

Suddenly, a blossom appeared from the ruin


The Bird’s Nest Ferns

with their leather leaves

are spilling over their pots

in a kind of celebration of the coming summer


The Pintas are busy making new buds

and blossoms too


New leaves spring up like green Seahorses

from the centers of the ferns


And Miss Lily has returned

to make the garden her own.

56 Comments on “Life in the Garden

    • And that was a snap in passing late one day. I have the habit of snapping her. It borders on obsession, I reckon. I prefer to call it “tradition” since she and I and the camera go way back, as they say. Chuckle… I kind of liked her mood that evening too. Thanks, Lynn.


    • Thank, Kilted. What the heck is your name? Chuckle… Actually, you don’t look like a “kilted” to me. I love the guy in the Gravatar. Such a fascinating expression. A benevolent and intelligent and thoughtful man who is slightly amused by what he sees. I’m happy that you like my garden photos. And, thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚


      • Hi George.
        Thanks for the very kind words about my fizzog. It was actually taken by my daughter after a long day walking in the mountains..I was very tired to put it politely. Kilted yes I wear them a lot. Hence the name.
        I like flower pictures you do a great job at that.
        Have a great weekend…David ;0)


  1. It’s so nice to see the growth and changes after the winter. I especially like the shot of the bromeliad blossom–it looks so healthy and velvety. I discovered a couple of weeks ago that we had blossom in one of ours on the sunporch. I also love the shot of the Bird Nest fern–such wonderfully-shaped leaves.


    • I was astounded to see the blossom since the plant leaves were brown. I had considered throwing the plant out. I like bird’s nest ferns too. These are a first for me. Yes, I am delighted to see the garden growing again. πŸ™‚


    • Thank you very much! I am happy you like the photos. I love everything that grows and constantly shifts and changes in the garden. I am especially happy to see the plants return since we had a bad winter. Growing plants make me optimistic, I suppose. And, I love sharing their pictures. Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Paula! πŸ™‚


    • Thank you, Linda! I do love the garden. I suppose I see it a bit differently because I spend so much time there and on the porch from where I can see it growing and changing. It reminds me constantly of the ever-changing world and the transience of life itself. I suppose it’s an old people thing, but I developed a love for it from my mother. I am happy when you share my feeling about it. πŸ™‚


  2. Its wonderful to catch up on your garden’s progress – and I like the way you are so personally involved with each plant. I hope you’re fine, George. Adrian


    • Ah, I do love it when everything in the garden springs to life overnight, or so it seems. It’s hard to remain pessimistic in the face of such natural optimism, for sure! Thank you, Adrian. I am well. And so, I hope, are you! πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Scott. You should make a garden wherever it is that you are headed. With a little “mountain stream” right in the middle! Thank you for stopping by, it’s good to see you. πŸ™‚


    • Thank you, Celestine! I just realized that it’s the beginning of winter in your part of the planet! Crafty Gran from South Africa reminded me that it’s the color of khaki there now. I thought that was a very descriptive word for it! Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I hope all is well with you and your babies! πŸ™‚


  3. Your lovely post was a gift this Sunday morning! Always I enjoy your way of seeing, my dear George. No worries about stopping by here and there. Your offerings are so generous in themselves. Blessing~ xxx


    • I forget that our winters are opposite! Glad you enjoyed the photos, Charlene. How is baby cheeks doing? I know you’re one happy granny! πŸ™‚


      • Dear George, she is gaining weight like a good girl! She is a lovely baby, loves to be cuddled, which mum loves to do. Some would say spoiled, but her mummy has the time, opportunity and enjoys it. When she is busy, I am only too happy to cuddle her. I did the same with my 3 babies, and don’t regret it at all. Yes is means very much more hands-on, but we enjoy it. I bought mum a pouch to keep hands free and baby close and they both love it. *very content sigh*


    • Ah, Susan! I am delighted to see you! I haven’t visited in forever. Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I smile at the sight of the green seahorses too. πŸ™‚


      • I do apologize ~ I have not had much time to filter through my favorite blogs lately…and then I see posts like yours and realize how much I am missing! πŸ™‚


    • Hi, Ann! I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for stopping by to visit me and for leaving such a nice comment! πŸ™‚


  4. That monster of a winter extended it’s frosty fingers all the way down to you, George? How frightful! I’ve always imagined your climate was like mine here in south-east Queenslane, with the ferns, bromeliads, and pentas – and Miss Lily, of course (though she’s a very forgiving lass, adaptable to resettlement over almost the entire continent!) – until you told me about the clematis. There are certain painful forfeits to living in the tropics and sub-tropics, I’ve found – most of them revolving around missing certain plants – clematis being a sad inclusion. Gorgeous collection dear.
    PS – I adore the effect of the fuzzy fly screen πŸ™‚


    • Hi, Meredith. Yes, we had ice and freezing temperatures. I am not at all certain that the clematis will grow here. It’s in a pot. The nursery people said it would grow. It looks fine, but is not putting on new growth or blooming again. There are Texas varieties, but they aren’t very pretty. I know what you mean by missing plants. I love pines and cedars, but they don’t do well here. The Japanese Maple is another favorite of mine that we can’t grow. Our soil is very alkaline. Gardenias and acid-loving plants don’t do well. And, now, it seems that we will get the freezes that try their best to kill my palms! Chuckle… Everything survived this time, however. I photograph lots of stuff against the black cloth screen on the porch. It filters the light that is so harsh outside. Thanks for stopping by to chat! πŸ™‚


    • Do you grow them in Georgia? I have serious doubts about this one. It grows in the northeast. The nursery said that it would grow in a pot here. It looks fine, but it is not growing or blooming again. I think it doesn’t get enough hours of sunlight. We’ll see… It’s hard to believe that there is no sunlight all day in TEXAS. Usually, there is no shade! We’ve planted so many shade plants to shield the porch that I’m looking for sunny spots now. Chuckle… However, I still have the cursed heat and humidity. I have a surprise visit for you from Miss Trumpet. Yes. She survived Romero’s blade and is tearing up the sides of the pergola with a vengeance. She bloomed! I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw it. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Elisa!



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