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Growth, Renewal and Transformation, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives.” ~ Unknown ~ At first glance the picture above may not look like much. It may even look a little odd or foreign…kind of a “what is it?”. But, in actuality, like… Continue reading Growth, Renewal and Transformation, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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To Love Beauty is to See Light, by Beverly Hick Burch

“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo ~ They (just who is they anyway?) say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think anyone would be hard press to find this gorgeous blossom anything less than beautiful. I was really excited to see my Arctic Queen Clematis bloom for… Continue reading To Love Beauty is to See Light, by Beverly Hick Burch

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Without the Rain, There Would Be No Rainbows, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbows.” ~ G. K. Chesterton ~ southern indica ‘Formosa’ This past weekend we had rain. No, really…it rained. Sunday in particular. Most people bemoan rain, but I adore a good rainy day. My Aunt LaRue was… Continue reading Without the Rain, There Would Be No Rainbows, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Just Think, I’ll Have More Room for My Azaleas Now!, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Just think, I’ll have more room for my azaleas now!” ~ Miss Maudie To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Azaleas are the quintessential Southern icon…well, along with the magnolia tree. Azaleas are to the South what tulips are to Holland. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Southerner who at least didn’t appreciate these wonderfully, colorful… Continue reading Just Think, I’ll Have More Room for My Azaleas Now!, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Like Stars that Cling to Fairies Wands, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“There is a Music of Immaculate love, That breathes within the virginal veins of Spring; And trillium blossoms, like stars that cling To Fairies wands…” ~ Madison Julius Cawein ~ Immaculate love. You might be asking what is that exactly? Well, simply put it means love without stain or without blemish. You might go a… Continue reading Like Stars that Cling to Fairies Wands, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Everything Holds Its Breath Except Spring, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Everything holds its breath except spring. She burst through as strong as ever.” ~ B. M. Bower ~ I was wandering around in the backyard this weekend taking stock of all the many outdoor projects that need to be done to get the yard back into shape. My conclusion: It could take us a life… Continue reading Everything Holds Its Breath Except Spring, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Forest Primeval, by Beverly Hicks Burch

"This is forest primeval” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~ Sometime back I shared a photograph with you I had taken on a stroll down the path on the property at the back of my parent’s home. They own a few acres and Mom has a little path she has kept down just for that purpose…strolling and… Continue reading Forest Primeval, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Middle of the Bench, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room on both ends.” ~ Unknown~ In the short space of six weeks, between Thanksgiving and the beginning of January, there is ample reason for celebrating in our house. To be even more specific, from Dec. 24th… Continue reading Middle of the Bench, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Turning of the Sumac, by Beverly Hicks Burch

There’s nothing quite as spectacular as the sumac in the South as it begins to turn during the fall. By the time of its transformation it will we a glorious scarlet. Many consider sumac a trash shrub that grows on the side of the road and sometimes creeps into the borders of our lawns. Although… Continue reading Turning of the Sumac, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Ageratum, by Beverly Hicks Burch

I love blue flowers, but they are not the most abundant flower to find in the grander scheme of gardening. Years ago when I established some landscape design for my home I did quite a bit of research. I used my background as a horticulture student to do my digging and lead me where I… Continue reading Ageratum, by Beverly Hicks Burch