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Seattle Fling 2011

Garden bloggers meet in Seattle in 2011

The View from the Bedroom Window

View from the bedroom window 2-9-14

This view from the bedroom window, taken on Sunday has not changed much in the last few days. Temperatures have stayed very cold;  minus 2 degrees this morning. Occasional snow showers and the frigid temperatures have kept the snow pristine and amazingly sparkly. Big storm predicted for tomorrow. We’ll be prepared, but we’ll see.

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Slow But Sure Progress in the Garden

Daylily Bank 2009

Slow but sure is the gardener’s motto when plants first go in. This is the beginning of the Daylily Bank in the Spring of 2009. We decided on this  solution to a bank that was hard to mow.

Daylily Bank 2013

At my time of life five years pass in the blink of an eye. This succeeded beyond my dreams, with daylilies added row by row for four years.

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Christmas Trees Thirty Times Over

Fruit ornaments on Christmas tree

Christmas trees were the hit of the Christmas party held by the Greenfield Garden Club.  We have the best meetings and parties! Our hostess has dozens (I lost track) of themed Christmas trees as well as the big gorgeous fabulously ornamented tree in the living room. I cannot show them all here.

Teddy bear Christmas tree

Christmas shoe tree

A shoe tree!

A quilting Christmas Tree

Our hostess is a mistress of every type of needlework including quilting.

Feather Christmas tree

Admittedly a faux feather tree, but a style all its own.

Christmas bird tree

When I saw a version of this tree many years ago, I was inspired to create my own bird garland.

My bird garland

This garland tops our 8 foot window wall.

View from the bedroom 12-17-13

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! It’s almost Christmas.

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Tea Party in the Garden on Wordless Wednesday

Tea Party in the Garden

Behold this Tea Party in the Garden. My husband has been taking a drawing class at Greenfield Community College this semester, a gift to himself to celebrate his semi-retirement.  I have occasionally given him a hard time, but he holds no grudge and painted my fantasy of a Garden Tea Party. Not quite finished yet.

Camellia chinensis

Of course, before there is a tea party there must be tea, which begins  with the tea plant Camellia chinensis. Pastels, both. He’s been doing tea and tea cups every which way, some of which I never dreamed of. Great fun.

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View from the Bedroom – November 2013


November 2, 2013

The View from the Bedroom is a new attempt to capture the passing of the seasons.

November 9, 2013

November 24, 2013

Another dusting of snow which will disappear quickly.

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The Weather Outside is Frightful

Succulents in a trough

The weather outside is frightful 29 degrees, breeze and clouds.


Have to get the firewood in out of the snow.


The birch is weeping golden tears.


The holly  with its scarlet berries doesn’t mind the wind and snow.

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Golden Gingko – Fallen in Fall


Heavy frost on Monday. 21 degrees yesterday! The gingkos are unleafed all at once. As is their wont.

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Krishna Amid the Autumnal Sumac

Krisha amid the sumac

Krishna – a closer view

Krishna is the eighth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. He is often shown with his flute with which he seduces milk maids, but my Krishna’s flute has been lost to the ages. He is no less seductive.

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Geese on Their Way to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Geese hurrying to Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum

These geese were crossing the street, against the light, in their hurry to look at the newly redesigned and planted Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum‘s Monks Garden. No luck yesterday. The Museum was closed, but the Monks garden is officially open today – a magical woodland stroll garden. Michael Van Valkenburgh, and his associates, are geniuses.

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Phoenix by Xu Bing – in detail at Mass MoCA

Phoenix by Xu Bing

PHOENIX by Xu Bing is on display at the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachussetts. It is very difficult to photograph the whole with a little point and hope camera. But the details of the construction debris that comprise these two magnificent birds can be appreciated.

Coronet of one Phoenix by Xu Bing

The Phoenix is a mythical immortal bird that rises from its own ashes.

Coronet of the second Phoenix by Xu Bing

Xu Bing’s Phoenixes. which will eventually fly in Beijing , symbolize the rise from greed and corruption to compassion and justice.

Bamboo and steel

Now for the details.



Grinding wheels

Steel plates

View from under the tail


Postcard – night view of Phoenixes in Beijing

The next stop for Xu Bing’s 12 ton Phoenixes is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.

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