Thousand Word Thursdays #182

Monarch on a purple echinacea. Praying mantis–I think!–on a purple echinacea. Fly on the same flower. Spiderweb now on the same flower! © Rita Jacques 2020 My backyard. Windsor, Ontario.  

Thousand Word Thursdays #178

I have only one blanket flower plant and every year most of the blooms are misshapen. It always makes me aware of how incredible Mother Nature is to have most other flowers bloom perfectly. In any case, I look forward to seeing how each blanket flower turns out. I love how each is “perfectly” unique!… Continue reading Thousand Word Thursdays #178

Sanity Saved by Irises!

While photographing the irises in my garden, I often thought of van Gogh. The great artist painted flowers—including irises—while in isolation at a monastery/asylum. He referred to painting as the lightning rod for his illness. And, likewise, photography and gardening have kept me grounded during this pandemic. Have you found your own lightning rod? Let… Continue reading Sanity Saved by Irises!

Because I’m A Gardener…

Gardeners are odd people. According to non-gardeners, anyways. But, what do they know? Gardeners consider themselves driven, nature-loving and caring people. Let me give you an example or two. Non-gardeners will shake their heads like I’m indeed odd. Yet, I believe the gardeners will give me an understanding nod. About two weeks ago, I realized… Continue reading Because I’m A Gardener…

Silver Dollar Flowers!

Every year I would admire the beautiful, tall purple flowers called silver dollars (Lunaria annua) that appeared at my Mom and Dad’s home each spring. And every summer, my Mom would give me branches bearing the dried, flat coin-shaped seed pods. I’d plant them at different spots throughout my garden. But, silly me, come spring,… Continue reading Silver Dollar Flowers!