Category Archives: Flora

The Boldness of Pussy Willows

Earlier in March, I cut a few branches from my pussy willow shrub and brought them inside. The warmth of the house quickly turned the silvery white pillows of the catkins into yellow caterpillar creatures.  They seem so alive, they … Continue reading

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Beauty Break

An unexpected visitor – a debilitating backache – appeared four days ago. I suspect that over-consumption of toxic political news left the back door open for this unwanted house guest to slip in. It reminds me of another house guest … Continue reading

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A Rare Find

A couple weekends ago, my husband and I went for a drive to parts of the county we had not been to in years. As usual, I scanned the landscape for beautiful vistas and wildflowers. That morning, we saw scarlet-red … Continue reading

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Harmonious Aging

A lovely spring bouquet of tulips began to show signs of aging – petals fell off or shriveled and curled on the stem, colors changed, and shapes contorted themselves in unexpected ways. Not unlike the aging process in our human … Continue reading

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Visiting a conservatory is one of my favorite winter survival tools. It’s like going on a mini-vacation to the tropics without having to board a plane. When I entered the conservatory at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, North … Continue reading

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