She Kept A Parrot


The sun was shining.  It was warm. I headed off to the garden center To find plants for the Garden Bones Lilies and Hibiscus and Ferns What I bought was a Coral Cactus Grown by Costa Farms In Florida The directions said to water her infrequently Keep her in bright light Suitable for a desk I wondered whose desk is in high-noon-desert light? She’s sitting on the porch ledge against the screen… Read More

The winter freezes left a skeleton garden Covered in the corpses of Fan Palm Fronds Pygmy Date Palm Fronds Flowering shrubs Hibiscus The Carolina Trumpet Vine Gone from the pergola Leaving only shadows To stand in for shade And A baby Tree Frog Taking refuge under cover of the rocks That protected the winter fountain Where there was a view of graceful Pygmy Fronds Sheltering the porch Only bearded Pygmy trunks remain… Read More

An ancient Pygmy blossom Dried on the trunk of a Pygmy Date Palm tree Tiny dates once grew on the stems During pruning of the old fronds, these dried blossoms were overlooked They were undoubtedly among the first fruits produced by the tree Years ago The blossoms were once heavy with clusters of tiny dates The shell was green and the blossoms were bright yellow The tiny fruits developed from the stems Although… Read More

Every year, the doves appear in the spring. They add new sticks to their flimsy nests And set up housekeeping for another season. They built shabby nests under the eaves at the entrances to both of our houses. Every year, the nests grow bigger with the addition of new building materials. And, every year they lay their eggs and raise their young in the old nests. They visited the garden and sunned… Read More

My image of Holland is drawn from childhood It features Windmills Woolly Sheep Wooden Shoes And Tulips The woolly sheep image comes from old Delft pottery designs I have an old Delft wall plaque with a figure herding A drove of wonderful woolly sheep Which has nothing much to do with tulips ◊ Those of you who remember my adventure with the Christmas Tulips Won’t be surprised that these tulips captured my imagination…. Read More

The Polar Vortex came On the heels of the murderous Frost And wrapped the Garden in ice Black Ice The Fans made a sound like rustling parchment When the wind shifted Cracked ice crashed onto fans below Each leaf encased in its own glass coffin Shiny Black Ice Transformed the leaves Into stiff caricatures of themselves Dead Pygmy Palm leaves And live ones too Froze in a robotic dance Cardboard Palm leaves… Read More

We celebrate Birth and Life. We avert our eyes from Death and Dying. We see life in Kodachrome. We see Death in monochrome.  After the recent freeze, I went into the garden on a mission to study death and dying in the plant life there. I made many photographs of what I saw. I want to share the death of the Staghorn here. After the frost, The Staghorn anchor leaves changed from tender green… Read More

There are Faeries in the Garden. I know it’s true. But don’t expect to see them Unless, of course, You’re a very small child Who knows Surprise Or An Ancient Hermit With squinty eyes In the Faerie World There are brown days And white days… And midnight days… But… Round about midnight When the cold wind blows Faeries know something only Faeries know. It’s time to summer in the south of France! Still…… Read More

A Dahlia From The Thinking Cowgirl’s Garden. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Families gather at the Thanksgiving table. It is the busiest holiday of the year as families travel Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. I visited an English farm today. The Thinking Cowgirl’s farm. I came away with this flower plucked from her garden. Thank you, Sarah. May each of you find beauty and joy… Read More

A visitor recently said she would like to see a panoramic view of my garden. I have often thought that my friends here probably wonder what the garden looks like. If I could persuade Rita to fly over with my camera, I could do it. The next best thing is to walk around the garden and try to show you what it looks like. All of the photos of flowers and plants… Read More