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After gardening for decades

I think of myself as fairly attuned to nature.

Observant of it’s changes.

Aware of it’s endless offerings.

Then came last weekend.

Sunday morning

Just as I’m heading off to the shower

The phone rings.

It’s Christianne with news.

Our annual outdoor worship service

Has been moved inside.

The weather is a little unpredictable.

So…could I make two flower arrangements for the front of the church.

This is my normal pattern but put on hold this week.

Since we planned to worship

Under the canopy of that great

American Elm tree on the front lawn of the church.


The cool late spring.

Combined with high winds and rains on Saturday

Had left me we very few blooms.

But I told Christianne I’d give it a shot.

Two days before we both had endless Viburnum blooms.


Now we had what she describes as “snow”

Created from fallen petals.

I didn’t have much time

Or many flowers

But out I go in hopes of finding some protected blooms

On the Viburnum.

No such luck,

It looks nothing like it had the week before.


But as I looked a little closer

And found that though the petals have fallen

What’s left is just as beautiful

And makes a great flower arrangement as well.


What a lesson.

Look beyond what you normally see

Look deeper

There is beauty there

There is life

There are lessons to be taught

And learned.

Within 24 hours

The skies would darken over our beloved state.

Several communities would be hit

By tornados more powerful than we have ever known


26 people including 10 children would lose their lives.

Thousands of people would lose their homes

They will spend weeks

Sorting through the rubble


Looking for bits and pieces of what we call their lives.

But they have learned to see differently

Look beyond what they lost

And focus on what they have.

There is beauty there

There is life.

And gratitude.



Filed under Tornado, Uncategorized, Viburnum


My current garden is my 2nd perennial garden.

We moved into this house shortly after

I quit designing garden for other people

So I brought with me all of that experience

Mistakes and good ideas

Successes and failures.

This garden is bigger than any other I’ve had


So I made the conscious decision

To use more flowering shrubs.

And as is typical in spring

Every week something new would bloom

And I’d go out and buy 3 of them!

There was method to my madness

Flowering shrubs take up space

Lots of it

They also give literal armloads of flowers

Which are fun

To cut and share

So the bones of my garden are

Hydrangea & Roses


Lots of these

Because they give you so many blooms

Off and on during the season

There are fewer Peonies

Because they just bloom once.

But who can live without them!


Then there are those early spring-flowering bushes

That take on a life of their own

Forsythia, Quince, Spirea, Lilac

And Viburnum


You may know it as Snowball bush.

That first spring I bought 3

I don’t actually remember where I first planted them

Somewhere in the middle I think

In a sort of triangle.

By the next spring

I realized I had made a mistake

They were going to get too big for their present home.

So we dug them up and moved them.

Now remember that these were all 3 about the same size.

Two were moved to the west gate.

Where they reside today.


What’s wrong with this picture?

Why the left side is not as healthy as the right

Is likely a conversation for another day.

Then there is the third one.

We couldn’t really come up with a logical place for it.

So we just put it in a hole on the far east side of the yard.

Along side of few other “homeless” plants.

We never did find it a real home.

Over the years it has driven me crazy.

I’ve actually wished it would die.

It’s under one of our big old cedar trees

And keeps growing into it.

I’ve whacked away on it

Year after year

Just to keep it kind of under control

Or so I thought

I guess I must have missed its annual haircut last spring.

Because this year

It’s well … GIGANTIC


And loaded with blooms

Which is wonderful

Because with the late spring

My yard has been pretty void of blooms.

So I’ve been cutting and cutting.


Armloads of flowers are such fun

To cut

And share

The stems are woody

So when you cut them

Be sure you either slice or smash them

And feel free to cut away


Because a happy Viburnum

Is a big Viburnum

So why is it that sometimes

The things that annoy us the most

Turn out to be our best friends

When nothing else is blooming!

Enjoy this wonderful weather.









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