Posts tagged #Nature

Pine Cones

Natural elements are always my first choice for winter or holiday decorating, with pine cones being a favourite.  Of course having a pine forest gives me a bias and no short supply!  I have a nephew that loves pine cones.  When he walks in our forest he dutifully collects all that he can carry (which doesn’t take long!), leaving them in precious piles when he can hold no more.  This adoration makes me stop to really appreciate a pine cone.  It is a miraculous little bundle with row upon row of wooden tongues that start green and tight as a pineapple, ripening to nutmeg brown to then spread and splay and release their papery seeds.  Pine cones are perfect for collecting, decorating, or just admiring the masterfulness of nature.

Note – Canada has several cone producing trees, or conifers, not just pines!  Spruce, fir, juniper, cedar, hemlock, cypress, tamarack and yews all produce cones.  Pine cones are just the most popular for decorating and crafts.

Posted on November 22, 2014 and filed under Inspiration.

Misty Autumn Morns

The morning meadow has a haze of swirling fog, steaming as it is warmed by the sun.  The spicy scent of damp foliage, rotting leaves and aging blooms encourages deep satisfying breaths.  The dew hangs in heavy droplets on the grasses.  Ripe red leaves glisten in the early morn glow.  Crystal blue sky highlights the festive branches.  It all reminds me that we live in a gloriously gorgeous country.  It can be easy to forget.  Look around and notice the natural gardens with magnificent trees, native shrubs, meadows loaded with grasses and wildflowers, ferns, berries.  Nature is the spectacular garden for everyone.  And in the autumn, we Canadians are the envy of many in the world, with a colour show that is craved and never forgotten by any visitor.

Posted on October 6, 2014 and filed under Inspiration.

In the Meadow

To the side of our property there is a meadow, and at this time of year it is aglow with swaying drifts of colour. Radiant goldenrod blazes in its reflection of the sun.  Wild asters in regal purple have rusty centers with bees buzzing.  And there are more asters with dainty sprays of white.  Queen anne’s lace has been blooming for weeks without a rest.   Its intricate circles of creamy white frisk about in the breeze.  Wildflowers that thrive on their own with no care, and then bestow such sumptuous splendour!

Posted on September 20, 2014 and filed under Inspiration, Perennials.