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“Light is creation.

Darkness is the space necessary to create.”

Erica Jasmin Cartaya


Peony bud

Peony bud

“May it be a light to you in dark places,

when all other lights go out.”

J.R.R. Tolkien





“Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate:

only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.




“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us;

shedding light over this world can alone help us.”

Walt Whitman


Perennial Geranium

Perennial Geranium

“I will love the light for it shows me the way,

yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

  Og Mandino




“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;

the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”






This Memorial Day weekend, our garden in luminous. 

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It is cool enough to enjoy working out in the garden, and so we have been out there doing things from early until late.

Whether the task at hand is pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, or re-potting plants; it is done with appreciation for the opportunity to have a hand in this beautiful garden.

Rose scented Geranium

Rose scented Geranium

We  remember that the garden, like ourselves, is made of light.

The plants feed off of light, just as we draw our own energy from light.

Annual Geranium

Annual Geranium

To observe the plants as they grow, basking in the light reflected from leaf and petal, is the chief reward  a  a gardener may enjoy day to day.

Assorted Geraniums, Coleus, and Moonflower vines share a pot on the patio.

Assorted Geraniums, Coleus, and Moonflower vines share a pot on the patio.

Each new leaf unfolding itself out of a stem, each cluster of petals opening to reveal the beauty of a flower makes this light manifest as matter.

Coleus with a new Dhalia in its pot, Creeping Jenny and Sedum.

Coleus with a new Dhalia in its pot, Creeping Jenny and Sedum.

Our world is luminous, and we are also made from a fabric of light.



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014



About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Luminous

  1. I love all your pictures! Especially the roses 🙂 I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

    • We did. I hope you and your family did, too. I can’t look at your cheesecake post, Michael. So sorry- my will to resist just isn’t strong enough, and next thing you know, I’ll be at the mixer cracking eggs and measuring sugar… Best wishes, WG

  2. Beautiful post! I love the quotes and the photos – very we’ll done. I’m glad you are enjoying fine weather and time to garden. I’ve loved seeing it come into bloom. Blessings, Sarah

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