Enduring Love

 **The man hurried to his early morning doctor’s appointment, anxious to see his physician and leave in time for his next appointment across town.  The practitioner asked the man what the urgent demand on his time was. He replied he went every morning to see his wife at the memory care facility where she’d been […]

Finding Hope in Hot Pink

With half of the nation imprisoned beneath a layer of snow and ice, I feel guilty reporting about what I found in my yard this week—a dozen camellia blossoms—already opened and blooming hot pink in the winter sun. I say winter because we’re still in February, which is amazing, considering past seasons in Oregon this […]

To Bloom Where Planted

Earlier this spring my husband brought home two discarded whiskey barrel planters from a work site. Delighted by their size and matching exteriors, I filled them with compost, planted flowers, waited for blooms. The containers didn’t disappoint. About a week ago, though, I noticed an odd green leaf poking out the side of the barrel. […]

A Bicycle Built for Two Baskets

24, Wrought iron. Knee high. Black. The two-wheeled bicycle plant stand caught my eye as my husband and I shopped the garden center offerings of our local supermarket. No chains. No brakes. Only two basket holders—one over the front wheel and one behind the tiny seat. Space enough for a bouquet of petunias or pansies. […]

Finding a Place Your Soul Can Rest

The first signs of spring signal me to think about summer flowers. When I first gardened, early in my marriage, my efforts amounted to a hanging basket or two, and a vegetable plot. Now, with years of cultivating experience within my gloves, I plant flowers with a therapeutic approach.  My garden has become a sanctuary […]