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It’s the little things …

Autumn is the time of year to wander through wooded and natural areas with sharp eyes focused on the little things.

Little things such as an intricate forest of moss surrounding a glacier-deposited rock.



The symmetry of seed pods standing tall in remembrance of the flowers that once were.



A lichen-draped boulder that anchors a planted bed during flower-showy summer months, but takes center stage during autumn.



Be thankful for these little things … the things we often take for granted.

Be thankful for the simple beauty that surrounds you, be it lichen, moss and seed pods, or a child’s soft cheek, or the hand-hold of a loved one.

Just be thankful.

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Garden’s season’s greetings

Winter may be just days away, but my gardens still offer a touch of holiday cheer.  And, with Mother Nature holding off our snow I was able to capture some season’s greetings … in expected and unexpected places.

Pieris japonica ‘Compacta’ … Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ … Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Maid’ cheerily brighten grey cold days.

Pieris japonica compacta-closeup 12-09      Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'-2 12-09      Ilex berry 12-09

Christmas ferns … native mosses … and santolina are contrasts in green.

Christmas ferns 12-09      native moss 12-09      Santolina 12-09

Shades of browns from a lovely beech … miscanthus grasses … and acorns dotting the ground.

Beech 12-09      miscanthus 12-09      acorns-2 12-09

But sometimes holiday cheer comes unexpectedly like below, in leaves of tiny stonecrop sedum, it’s greener cousin, and the pink-tinged edges of euonymus.

stonecrop sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea' 12-09      green sedum 12-09      Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety' 12-09

Finally, even a mish-mosh of of grapevines, mountain laurel, dried hydrangea, a couple of strands of LED lights, and an old whiskey barrel can bring holiday cheer.

grapevine tree-daytime 12-09           grapevine tree-early morn 12-09

Bon hiver … happy winter … to all.