Spider Flower

Cleome I found this beauty among the hundreds of colored plants in my wife's flower garden(s). The unusual structure of the flower head caught my eye: beautiful shades of lavender petals standing on spider legs surrounding the deep purple stamen at the top of a 5' tall stem. And a funny name to boot: Cleome … Continue reading Spider Flower

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Rest Stop First of July and the butterfly garden looks to be in good shape. In full bloom are Gaillardia (yellow), miniature Cone Flower (pink) and Soapwort (white), commonly called "Bouncing Betty". Behind these colorful perennials are Common Milkweed, where Monarch Butterfly lay their eggs. Also, Goldenrod, Nebraska's state flower, and giant Sunflower. I'm … Continue reading Butterfly Garden

Monet’s House & Garden

Monet's House and Garden Two surprises awaited me when I visited Claude Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, France. One, his house was much bigger than I thought it would be -- a mansion for the times he lived, and two, his gardens were less formal than imagined. Mid summer was the perfect time to … Continue reading Monet’s House & Garden

Opportunity

A seven foot high brick wall surrounded the property.  No roof or evidence of any building rose above the wall, only a few trees.  A curved brick walkway led to a gate, the only break in the brick wall.  Entry was denied by a heavy solid wooden door, locked with a sturdy gate latch.  The … Continue reading Opportunity

Master Gardener

Annually, there is a charity fundraising event that allows you to walk through the gardens of several local gardeners, serious gardeners.  These are a few shots taken at a local medical doctor's residence -- five acres of gorgeous plantings, tasteful yard art, and just plain relaxing beauty. Yes, this piece of Americana is the doctor's … Continue reading Master Gardener