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!

Thousand Word Thursdays # 157

Here are a few pics of purple coneflowers—Echinacea purpurea—to bring some colour to a dreary winter’s day. Enjoy! Photo credits are shared with my hubby, Guy. Neither of us can remember who took the pics! © Rita Jacques 2020 Windsor, Ontario.

Gardening Goals!

Gardeners display a rare optimism. Despite factors beyond their control—such as extreme weather conditions and Japanese beetles to name just two—gardeners continue to plant each year and hope for the best. And, the amazing thing is that plants usually turn out well. I am no different than the average gardener. At my previous home, the… Continue reading Gardening Goals!

Thousand Word Thursdays #149

These purple coneflower–or echinacea–photos were taken about a month ago. I credit my husband for the best pics. Neither of us can actually remember who grabbed the camera that particular time! © Rita Jacques 2019 Windsor, Ontario.

Thousand Word Thursdays #139

Well, today, I finally discovered what kind of wild critter was eating my sunflower plants. My bichapoo, Sophie! She puts a paw up on a branch to draw it closer to her, and chews  the leaves. Non-toxic and a source of Omega 3’s–well, the omega’s are in the seeds but apparently, dogs like to eat… Continue reading Thousand Word Thursdays #139

Thousand Word Thursdays #132

Just a quick phone pic on my way into the Chatham courthouse. I was struck by how the bold weeds were free to grow among the beautiful tulips. Like the weeds of society mingling with the good people in the courthouse, until tended by a master gardener.  “Flowers grow out of love and kindness.  … Continue reading Thousand Word Thursdays #132