Category: Garden Journal

all that lasts

all that lasts
all that returns
all that endures
daffodils, primroses,
ferns, daylilies, hosta . . .

The gardens are an endless source of education and inspiration. There have been losses, and other plants seem to always return – over the years and different weather conditions. Our gardens are all perennials now, and we usually buy a planter of flowers from a local store.

I recently completed the draft for a new book of poetry. We decided on Karl’s photo of swans and Lake Michigan for the cover. My goal is to publish by the end of the year. And that can be revised. The last few years, I began a new book a few times. So having completed the draft now is an achievement. Grateful.

Karl’s photo of the winter beach is the cover for Quiet Christmas Poetry (site and large print chapbook).

Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Garden journal: haiku and photos

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer

Today I am looking through my photo archives for April and May.

My poem was the Daily Haiku: Nov. 4, 2019 at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

April 2017 – Hyacinth from a store
May 2015 – Hosta grow again by the birch tree.
May 2016 – Forsythia blooms, peonies and daylilies grow.
May 2017 – near the garage

Ellen Grace Olinger

Inspiration: Snowdrops

What a good year for the snowdrops. They grow and endure, and return each year. The first flowers in our yard. They picture a kind word, a small poem, everyday blessings. A post in my Reader, a devotional book from a thrift store, and a small plant by the window. I do not know when they first grew and bloomed in the gardens, and we have been here a long time.

Ellen Grace Olinger – April 10, 2017