“It is easy being green”


Quite a few years ago, Kermit & Lena Horne teamed up to sing to us about how it’s not easy bein’ green. They made a good case for their point of view but, I would like to differ somewhat in responding to this week’s photo prompt about the colour Green.

Depending on your perspective, it is really not so difficult!

What is it about green that encourages us to look forward?

To this spring season poet, I am energized by the change of seasons, seeing that life cycle unfold each year, right before my eyes. It is a hopeful chain of events, so encouraging!

Perennials signify that process so well, methinks. Already, with this unusually mild winter, bits of green are bursting forth in the front garden, dedicated to herbs and flowers of the perennial sort. Chives are tallest of all,  as they have been in the previous year, shown here in my photo. Looking forward to clipping a few to top those fresh potatoes!

On a final note, today , Earth Hour day, is the 10th anniversary of turning off the lights for 60 minutes, around the world. It is a small initiative that gives us all a moment to stop & think about our dear planet. Have a good one!






This week’s photo challenge theme happens to be chaos.

It seems to be a suitable choice for this time of year. Trees are changing colour, people and animals are harvesting for winter days to come and perennial gardens are reflecting a state that could be described as chaos. This photo with its beautiful shades of orange and amber reflects the disarray of flowers and ornamental grasses in my garden after they have peaked. Despite the chaotic look of the perennials, they express to me that special beauty of the autumn season!



Along with this photo, I wanted to share the good news that one of my poems is posted today — haiku by Patricia McGoldrick . I wrote it in response to a call for poems on the theme, prized possession.

This green object of my poem was a small fixture in our home when I was a child. Seems to me that it might have been a constant in the sometimes chaotic midst of a family of 10 — 2 parents and 8 children. I have inherited it, so to speak, since my parents have passed. It has always been in the background, somewhere, as a new family has grown.

Now it sits atop a china cabinet in the dining room, hosting a shamrock  for the winter.

It catches my eye as I pass through from the kitchen. Not worth any great monetary value but it reminds me of the special people who made it such a prized possession.



H2O is the Weekly Photo prompt. How timely to have this focus on Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada!

So vital for our lives on this planet, water is to be treasured as a resource.

Sadly, sometimes, it has been taken for granted, misused, polluted.

Other times, water has been the inspiration for artists, photographers, planners.

After a very dry summer here in southern Ontario, I am thrilled to capture water in a rain barrel at the side of our house. I used that water to sustain perennials in the garden. These little roses are some late bloomers for autumn!



I am always excited and amazed to spot raindrops on roses, sometimesjust like the song!

As we ease into the Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada, I am thankful for all our blessings — water, harvest, family & neighbours. Have a good one!



Perennials are my favourite! They are the pure essence of gardening, it seems to me.

The continual reappearance of green plant growth after months of winter is a wonder of nature, to me. The blooms that follow throughout the summer are a refreshing tonic on hot summer days.

Particularly, I enjoy the day lilies. These ones with the golden blooms are so cheerful to see. The pure tones of their blooms are amazing!


They also remind me of a favourite poem, Nothing Gold can Stay by American poet, Robert Frost. His words have a heartening, pure tone to them. Here is a link to The Outsiders film in which the poem was quoted.

Enjoy your weekend!