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The Night-Blooming Cereus

The Night-Blooming Cereus — The plant world is full of wonders.  Amazing sights, scents and experiences abound for anyone who loves gardens and flowers. One of the highlights of a lifetime of loving plants has to be the opening of

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Befriending Birds - Blue Sky and Birds Nests

Choices – A poem about befriending our birds

Choices – a poem about befriending our birds — Contemporary American poet Tess Gallagher tells of a moment she made an important choice.  This brief and brilliant poem reminds us once again that we are stewards of our gardens, our

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Winter Forest – Return of the Sun

Winter Forest – Return of the Sun — We gardeners live by the seasons!  We are sensitive to weather patterns, wind and rain, fluctuating temperatures, and we especially appreciate the sun!  For some of us, the Winter Solstice is a

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beautiful now

beautiful now —  The first snow fall came in early December this year, in a part of the world where azaleas often bloom until Christmas. The beauty caught us unaware; the stillness reminded us that there is no need to

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Plum Blossom and Moon

Plum Blossom and Moon — This brief collection of plum blossom haiku celebrates the “Winter Gentleman”.  In the art of Chinese painting, the “Four Gentlemen” are plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum. The order of these flowers agrees with their

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April Rain Song

April Rain Song — Where would we gardeners be without rain?  Rain keeps our plants happy, and it also nurtures our hearts and spirits.  We’ve combined “April Rain Song” by the great American poet Langston Hughes with “Pride” by the

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A Silence of White – Winter Haiku

A Silence of White — In winter we enjoy the beauty of barren trees, the silent splendor of snow, the fire-warmed nights of dark and solitude.  In winter, we also dream of spring!  These selections of haiku from historic and

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Ode to Summer

Ode to Summer — Poet and gardener Joyce Stahmann eloquently invites us to join her in her exuberant summer garden!  What would we find in a Southern Oregon garden planted with so much passionate zest and horticultural knowledge? To discover

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Basho and the Art of Haiku

Basho and the Art of Haiku — Haiku, with its gentle guidelines and rules, is much more than counting syllables!  Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694), the father of traditional haiku and one of the most revered poets in Japan, is

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