Zebra Swallowtail butterfly on Agastache
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies:
know more today about the world than I knew yesterday
and lessen the suffering of others.
You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.
These are the qualities that define us as human beings,
and propel us, on occasion,
A Pearl Crescent butterfly feeds on catmint flowers.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018
A female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly feeds on our native buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
Honoring the Fathers among us,
present and absent,
yet alive and those departed;
biological Fathers and those
who become Fathers by affection and commitment.
Being a real father is a choice.
How would any of us be who we are today,
without their guidance and their love?
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Tags: Butterflies, Father's Day, Flower photographs, Forest Garden, Pollinator Portraits, Silent Sunday, Summer garden, Sunday dinner, wildlife gardening
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Verbena ‘Lollipop’ at the Heath family’s garden in Gloucester.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.”
“Beauty is not who you are on the outside,
it is the wisdom and time you gave away
to save another struggling soul, like you.”
Shannon L. Alder
Alliums with Iris, Gloucester, VA
“I believe that what we become
depends on what our fathers teach us
at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
Allium in our Forest Garden
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up
trying to pay back the people in this world
who sustain our lives.
In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender
before the miraculous scope of human generosity
and to just keep saying thank you,
forever and sincerely,
for as long as we have voices.”
The rare daylily left ungrazed to bloom in our garden; for which we are most grateful!
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016
With love and appreciation to all of those Fathers
who give of themselves so generously
to make this a more beautiful and more loving world for all.
Zantedeschia aethiopica in our Forest Garden
“You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also
in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance.”
Posted in Allium, animals, Bulbs, butterflies, Calla Lily, Daylily, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, Environmental Preservation, Garden Tapestry, Gardening addiction, Gardening How-To, Gardening in Williamsburg, Nature art, Nature Photography, Perma-culture, Photography, Plant photos, Silent Sunday, summer solstice, Sunday Dinner, Symmetry, Zone 7B Cultural Information
Tags: Allium, Brent and Becky Heath's display gardens, Bulbs, eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, Father's Day, Forest Garden, Gardening in Williamsburg, Nature Art, Nature Photography, Silent Sunday, Summer garden, Sunday dinner, Verbena 'Lollipop', Zantedeschia