Gardening, photography

Under Maidens Bower for a Kiss

“…And the days dwindle down to a precious fewSeptember, November,And these few precious days, I’ll spend with youThese precious days, I’ll spend with you.” –”Knickerbocker Holiday” (1938) Music: Kurt Weill / Lyrics: Maxwell Anderson In the days of front porch visits to court your love interest, Maiden’s Bower was grown on the Western side to block out the strong afternoon sun. […]

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food, Gardening, Spanish Culture and Language

How the Heck Have You Bean?

August has bean a special time for our garden. Little pinkish white flowers appear on our beanstalks. Then tiny little legumes, no more that a centimeter long punctuate their tendrils. What seems to be only a day later, full grown ones bursting with ripening seeds magically take their place. I pick as many as I […]

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Gardening, Nature, photography

Shy to Fly Hither and Nearby

The giant swallowtails are on watch, any hint of a device or camera and they flitter away post haste. They are a skittish butterfly, wings in motion as they sip nectar. I’ve read they prefer pink flowers. In their bid for world dominion, I thought the phlox of the garden were a bit overdone this […]

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Gardening, Nature

August Blooming Rose of Sharon Tree

This Rose of Sharon tree is the daughter of the original that grew near our place. She is not an only child, however! Several robust sisters surround her. The tree is prolific; each pollinated flower yields a hand full of seeds, and each tree produces thirty blossoms at least. In this case, it is fortunate […]

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Gardening, Nature

Could it Be the Golden Snitch?

Metallic dragonfly coppery winged fairytale creature I hear you sing; come play mosquitoes dash to me gnats tasty small beetles such joy you bring. –Rebecca Cuningham Could this sight inspire fairy stories? Is this the mother of the Golden Snitch? Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! I appreciate your comments and poetry challenge submissions. ¡Olé! –Rebecca […]

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Gardening, photography, The Americas

Is Culver’s Root the Bees’ Knees?

Our garden is not symmetrical, ordered, or precise. Kings of France would look askance. No manicured lawn, no topiaries, no annuals. We have low mow grass where kids can run and as many native wildflowers as I can take care of, and then some. Currently the bumblebees and honey bees are feeding on Culver’s root, […]

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