Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Autumn Patio

Pull up a chair and sit yourself down. Wonderful autumn colors here on the Asian Patio this past November. Let them embrace you, and enjoy just being.






Saturday, December 17, 2022

GUATEMALA - Land of Eternal Spring

I was fortunate enough to spend the last weeks of November and part of December visiting friends and my former students in Guatemala.  This was my fifth trip there.  The land is beautiful,  like a garden – often called The Land of Eternal Spring.


Landing in Guatemala City

 with one of the volcanos poking through the clouds


Here are a few of the photos taken on this trip.  I have dozens of photos from previous trips but this posting will only be some photos from this last trip. The many flowers are very beautiful.


I have no idea what their names are – maybe one of you can help with that.


Enjoy a little slice of paradise!


beautiful shade of blue


bush growing along the road ?




traveling a mountain road





another view ?


The city at night.

Sunday, December 11, 2022


Me, me, me.  Look at me.  No, look at me.  Better yet, skip all those and look at me!  Walking through the Gardens at Waters East, one almost hears this constant refrain.  Every plant wants attention.  Every bloom is screaming – “I’m so beautiful just look at me!”  In many cases they are right.  Take a look at some of the beauties basking in the sun and calling to be the center of your attention. Checkout the detail of some of the garden residents.


All of these “portraits” were taken here in the gardens.  Self-centered though they may be, the flowers do make you stop and stare.  They seem to be doing “their thing” just for you.  So why not indulge them for a few moments while walking the paths.


Here then are photos for this posting

Lots of blooms in this posting!!!


pause a moment - - - really slow down and pause a moment

see the detail

even if you only pick one or two of the photos - pause a moment.

(If you are like me - I race through the garden so many days

doing the work needs to be done

without pausing 

even a short while

to look in detail at the marvel of the blooms.)




Yarrow - pink

Geranium - Splash Splash

Spiderwort - Tradescantias

Sambuscus - Black Lace

Sedum - Dragon's Blood

Mallow - pink


Globe thistle

Poppy - Flemish

Daylily - hybridized at Gardens at Waters East

Purple Cone Flower

False Sun Flower

Balloon Flower


Monday, November 21, 2022

Blooms and Blooms and more Blooms from 2022

 Blooms and Blooms and more Blooms from 2022



Now that we are into winter, a quick look at some of the flowers at Gardens at Waters East from this past summer and autumn might lift our spirits. This is only a simple random overview – so many more but they will have to wait for another day.



Middle Walk

Asters mix

Cushion Spurge

Patio fountain

German Bearded Iris

Pandora Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Joe Pye Weed


Maximilin & Bee

Monarch Butterflies

There were hundreds in the fields this day.

September 16, 2022


Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

Solomon Seal


Sunrise May 30th.

Adds color to the gardens so early in the morning.

Trumpet Vine

Night view of the Whitespire Birch
and setting moon at the entrance.
With that
Have a good night!