Category Archives: Living Simply

Around The Yard Again

The new Rhododendron bush out by the cabin has three beautiful blooms.We can see them from the house when the sun spotlights them. Lovely.

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Got To Take A Picture

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Around The Yard – Nine

Willow Salix matsudana ‘Golden corkscrew’ Deciduous Tree. Golden foliage on twisted golden branches.   Fast growing to 25’ tall, 25’ wide.  Heat and drought tolerant.  Likes full sun.  Maintain moist but not soggy soil. Planted in 2016 for my birthday.  … Continue reading

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Around The Yard – Eight

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Around The Yard – Seven

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April Showers Brought May Flowers

Violet (Evergreen Yellow) Viola sempervirens Wild herb growing singly or in low mats. Stems trailing, runner-like. Leaves: heart shaped evergreen, leathery. Flowers: on erect stems, yellow with brown to purple veins, lower petal spurred. Fruit : a capsule. At the base of the … Continue reading

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Happy May

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Around The Yard – Six

Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis A Story Within The Bleeding Heart The flowers hold clues to a tragic tale of unrequited love.To begin narration of the story, hold a heart blossom in the palm of your hand. Long ago … Continue reading

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Around the Yard – Five

Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa Natural.  Barberry family. Wild, common coastal evergreen shrub to 2’ high grows throughout the woods.Flowers: yellow in clusters.  Blooming May-June.Fruit: Look like tiny concord grapes with waxy hue on a holly bush. Acid, sweeter after first … Continue reading

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Around The Yard – Four

Tulips, Grape Hyacinth, Hyacinth and Anemone in the Rose Garden waiting for the Roses to wake up.

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Around Our Yard – Three

Camellia (Cherokee Rose) Mathotiana Supreme Camellia growing up over the roof of the house. We planted it in 1987 at the back of the house and it found it’s way up and into the sun over the years. I guess … Continue reading

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Around Our Yard – two

Violet (Common) Viola odorata Sweet Violets have taken over the front part of the yard. I love their cheery faces. The flowers are edible and are used to make tea for chest complaints, consumption;to make jam, jellies, syrups and candied. Add to … Continue reading

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Around Our Yard – One

Welcome to Hard-To-Come-By. Let’s take a walk around our yard and see what’s waking up in April.

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My Opus

I’ve been working on this project for years, my life story from Roots to the Present. Photographs, diary pages, mementoes, my writings, historicalnotes – all in consecutive order. My opus.

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Wise Old Owl In the Cherry Tree

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