My namesake is starting to flower, and it is gorgeous! On Today’s Date in the Past: Our “Orchard” Happy Mother’s Day!

From the impressionistic perspective of Monet to the field that Dorothy runs through in the Wizard of Oz, I have always loved poppies.  These perennial beauties attract birds, bees, and other helpful insects to your garden.  Here are some poppies I captured at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park.  What do you think?  Do you have […]

My favorite wildflower, the purple coneflower or echinacea, is a medicinal plant whose flowers can be used to make immune-system-boosting tea.  The genus name of the flower comes from the Greek word echino which means hedgehog and refers to its spiny cone.   As we approach our first freeze of the season and the cone flowers […]

While most people see dandelions as weeds, my youngest daughter calls them “wish flowers” and never misses an opportunity to pick a puffy stem, make a wish, and blow the seeds with gusto.  Oh to keep a child’s perspective as we grow older! You Might Also Enjoy: Dandelion Other Flower Posts

The long, cold, dark days between January 15th, when the Plaza lights go dark, and spring can be really depressing here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-US.  Everything seems so barren and grey.  As I shot these dead, dried-up wildflowers along Lake Lenexa, I dreamed of just a few months from now when spring arrives and I have beautifully colored […]