This and That

Just a quick mix of fun finds. The fluffiest ranunculus I’ve seen. Random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A feline photobomb…with my fluffy ranunculus. More random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A beautiful bundle of late-summer blooms from our kind neighbors. And still more random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. And a…

Perfect

Another stop on my day off: the Missouri Botanical Garden. A perfect place on a perfect day. But honestly, if I only saw the Autumn Crocus, I would’ve been totally happy.

A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…

That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

Bloom

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.  I’ve watched in awe this summer as my neighbors’ garden has filled with a stunning assortment of blooms. Different shapes, colors, textures and heights have all worked together to create a welcoming front entry and a comforting back yard…

Magic

I pulled a photo of my flowers into the Hipstamatic app and this is what happened. I am geeking out.

Abundance

“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Surprise!

It’s Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily season! My heart. I learned something new about this flower this week, thanks to the Botanical Garden’s Instagram feed: “Surprise lilies’ foliage sprouts in the springtime, only to die back around June. Then, later in the summer, their flowers spring suddenly from the ground.” I love them even more.

Friday Flowers

“Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.” – Morgan Harper Nichols I love that quote. But given that I bring fresh flowers into the house at least every other week — sometimes…

Bee Blossom

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.” 

Weekend According to the iPhone

Just a few scenes from the weekend: the Botanical Garden yesterday, Forest Park on Friday (and today), and Rockwoods Reservation today.

Gratefully

“If you must look back, …do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, …do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… …Gratefully.” – Maya Angelou Today I’m grateful for my first trip to the Botanical Garden in months.

Life Lately

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve been on an extended trip away from home to help my older son recover from surgery and, while it’s not a vacation, I’ve decided to use some of my time take photos on my daily…

Sometimes

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

Pretty Simple

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  – Mary Oliver (And take LOTS of flower photos.)

Iris Season

Spring has so many seasons all of its own. And this Iris season has been a doozy.

Every Day

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” – R.J. Palacio, “Wonder”

Nothing

“The richest human is rarely the one who has the most, but is often the one who needs less. “Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more. “Pay close attention to your family and health today. Nothing is more valuable in times like these. “And nothing lasts forever.” – @marcandangel, Instagram

Moments

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown The anxiety, isolation, sadness and uncertainty of our current circumstances make happiness seem like kind of a tough pursuit. Contentment or even staying afloat from day to day…

As I suspected…

Research suggests that having cut flowers and plants in your house has positive health benefits!  (Now really, are we surprised?) The American Society for Horticulture Science evaluated surgical patients and the therapeutic influence plants can have. According to the study, patients exposed to flowers had: lower blood pressure and heart rate lower ratings of pain,…

No Filter

Our local park is currently candy-colored…

There it is.

“Jesus wept.” “Not just the shortest verse in the Bible, but a powerful reminder that we don’t have to find the silver lining in everything: to express pain is valid and necessary. Even holy. If you needed permission today to fall apart for a bit and just have a good old fashioned cry, there it…