Category: Art From Wisconsin

a good morning

a good morning
and especially good year
daylilies and hosta

The perennials are a wonderful source of inspiration, because of course the years contain challenging times too. This year, with our long rainy cool Spring, some farmers were not able to plant their fields. So we see some fallow fields with a few corn plants that grew from last year’s seeds. Conditions vary in the wider area here. Perhaps we will have a longer warm Autumn, and crops will have more time to grow. We have not seen the hosta flowers as abundant as they are this year.

Photo by Karl – late July 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

Garden Photos

The Farmer’s Market bouquet from last week is fading, and we placed it outside so the petals can fall there. Karl took the closeup photo today.

Hosta almost ready to bloom!

Peonies begin to fade, and are as lovely as ever.

I think this ground cover began in a planter years ago.

Garden Journal
July 14, 2019
Photos by Karl


Beautiful flowers from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin.

Photo today
Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photos

as if they could
store the sun
small blankets
on a chair
add color to
the scene
as they await
to warm
another time

rereading poems
new layers of meaning
every year
all the colors
of any given day

winds and warmth
summer reaching its fullness
after the longest day
in the North

wildflowers grow
by fields of corn
words of poetry
uplift my soul
keep me strong

Poems are from July 2014, and still true this July.

Busy Bee
Sheboygan Interurban Trail
July 27, 2018
Photos by Karl

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

July in Wisconsin and Creative Note

I read in an old chair by an open window and listen to summer sounds. Several books to look at here and there. Soon there will be many daylily and hosta flowers. Peonies are in bloom.

Poems from my archives

many trees
provide shade
for this street
on a varied
route to the
I find books
this time that
tell personal stories
and grant some rest

I was looking at new nonfiction books at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  When I was browsing, I remembered a haiku.

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper

As a CREATIVE NOTE, sometimes readers refer back to a short post from August 2016 about Joanne Chase, an artist from Wisconsin. Here is the post and information again.

We enjoy buying greeting cards by Joanne Chase, from Hartland, Wisconsin.  Her watercolor designs are beautiful.

This morning I enjoyed seeing many pictures at Chase Greeting Cards.

We often buy her cards at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly here in Oostburg.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The image is courtesy of wpclipart.