Mark Your Calendars!

One week from today, the fabulous four will, once again, celebrate the beauty of fashion and nature!  You won’t want to miss the June addition of When Fashion and Nature Collide, next Wednesday, June 20th!


The Arty Plantsman



June is going to be incredible!  But, while you are counting the days until next Wednesday, why not check out our past editions!

March Edition


April Edition


May Edition

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“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”
~ Roda


*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…
Nature’s Lens

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A Bloom Fit For a Faerie

This morning I took my morning walk through the gardens, knowing that our irises are just beginning to bloom.  It is extremely difficult for me to have a favorite flower, but I must admit, irises are at the top of my list!  I was not disappointed, for the blooms were magnificent.  Many seasons, due to late frosts, few of our bearded irises even bloom.  This has been the strongest year, in the past three years.  I guess there is something positive about a slow beginning to Spring weather!




It looks like the faeries will be arriving soon!  They have many beautiful new homes to choose from…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


Our little garden cottage




Garden Droplets

Weekly Photo Challenge – Liquid

An early morning, dew covered garden is one of my most favorite places to take photos…

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Garden Dew Drops
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Morning Web
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Drip, Drop…
A Spider’s Art
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Mist Filled Web


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Droplets and Rainbows

“You are not a drop in the ocean… You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” ~Rumi

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…