Category Archives: Garden


The Missouri Botanical Garden is open again for timed admission, copious-spaced visits.

I spent two hours there on Saturday, deliriously happy that one of my happy places is now open again for visitors.

All week long, I’ll be posting photos from the visit. D joined me, and took three of these himself.

Inspecting the irises at the Japanese Garden.

Reflective selfie.
D in a candid moment.


Morning scenes, in shadow and softness, from the garden this week . . . .

The Asiatic lilies are in full bloom.  Day lilies are emerging.  More of the perennials are blooming.  The squirrels are attacking some of the blooms, the little varmints.  The annuals are doing well.

And I’m delighted to have calla lilies in the garden this year!

7 a.m. Morning dew on the calla.


This week would have been my father and step-mother’s twentieth wedding anniversary.

JoAnne and Pop.

As more evidence that strange things are taking place worldwide . . . my garden is sprouting an elephant ear plant.

I never lifted the bulb 20 months ago.  I planted parsley on top of it last year.  This year the bulb is sprouting again.  But it should be mushy dead.

I’m not complaining.  But something has brought this thing back to life.  Elephant ear resurrection, I say.

I’m so thankful that the Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera every night.  Over the last eight weeks, I’ve watched probably two dozen different operas.  And happily so!

Revisiting artists such as Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Renata Scotto, Pablo Elvira, Natalie Dessay . . . this continues to be a delight.

I’ve determined that I’m going to listen to an Evensong recording every Sunday, since no one is doing Evensong right now.  I have enough recordings to last me for about three months.  Many of them are themed to particular days, such as Evensong for St. Etheldreda from Ely Cathedral, or Evensong for Easter from King’s College Cambridge, with Boris Ord! (That’s what was up on this Sunday, the last Sunday of Eastertide.)  Tomorrow is Evensong for Pentecost, and a week later is Westminster Abbey music for Trinity Sunday.