Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

If I had to choose one favorite color, but I have a special link to the color green spot because my late grandma. She loved the color of napa cabbage and pastel green. Whenever any family member talked about getting a new car she’d ask if cabbage green was a color option. Oh grandma; she had funky taste.

Another fond memory of green comes from my high school history teacher who used green pens instead of red to grade papers. According to her, red was too critical and discouraging so she chose green: “Green is for growth,” she’d say.

It’s true that mistakes are an inevitable part of life that you can learn to become a stronger and wiser person. For me, shades of green in nature revives hope, health, and wonder.

K, before I bore you with how much I love green in nature, here are my green foliage pictures.

Thanks Cee for hosting this challenge! I was surprised to find old pictures of just green foliage and they didn’t need any other colors. One color was enough to show off their beauty and uniqueness. Hope you and my blog readers have a fantastic mid week and are enjoying the summer breeze.

Photo of a determined tree

Can’t stop this tree

How does this happen?! And how do you fix it?

Still an interesting sight, and a great reminder that fences can’t bind nature.

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall that sends the frozen ground swell under it.”

“My apple trees will never get across
and eat the cones under his pines,I tell him. He only says,’Good fences make good neighbors.'”

“Mending Walls” by Robert Frost


Nature can be so sneaky

Every spring, I’m amazed at the speed of how little buds burst into leaves. Some trees produce delicate flowers and then blow away.

So many mysteries and questions with nature’s cycles. One morning the branches are bare; next morning little buds miraculously appear.

I’m an eager botany student, but the learning is slow going. But it’s fun to learn through observation and admiration of nature doing its thing faithfully every season.


Do these pink flower clusters come before the leaves?


“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.”

-Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Thanks Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge! Happy to share…https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/59080076/posts/35529

Flower of the Day: December 10, 2018

Autumn is soon over and all the leaves will drop with the rain and colder weather.

On a rainy day this fiery-orange leaf rested perfectly on top this lettuce-looking plant. I think the wind blew it there.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
– Emily Brontรซ

A little flower blooms despite hostile conditions

Words from my six-year-old son gazing at our abandoned plants: “Mommy, we are terrible planters. Everything dies.”

My gardening skills are disastrous. I could take a perfectly thriving plant and kill it in days. But my hopeless optimism convinces me to plant seeds each spring. Occasional crops that sprout drive this desire: a mini watermelon; a tiny zucchini; couple of jalapeno peppers; and a handful of green beans and basil.

  • Our many gardening attempts through the years. The photos above show the flowers and plants at their best. Photos were not taken at their worst state.

In spring 2017 we opted to plant flowers instead of vegetables. We implemented good gardening habits: watering daily, supplementing with vitamins, and trimming. Then, life got busy and flowers neglected.

Maybe it was denial or laziness (probably the latter), but I left the plants to just dry up. I think I silently hoped they would disappear or disintegrate on its own. Other times I convinced myself that it had a cool vintage look. However, the recent rain and warmer weather bloomed new flowers; little spurts of life in dried soil and stiff stems.

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We screamed with surprise! The resilience of these little blooms remind me of beautiful wildflowers blooming along the highway and in unlikely places. So wild, charming, and untamed.

Life is resilient too. When we think there’s nothing left, something begins to sprout and gives hope that all is not lost.

โ€œLike wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.โ€ – E.V. Lucas