The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making


I’m in Love

I’m in love with sunshine, bird song, Spring, my husband, my little cabana (Cedar Kottage), paints, shells, sand, soil, plants, flowers, the air, Cedar Key and more … so much more!

I can’t believe it is mid-February already, and remember not so long ago when I felt encapsulated in time in a dark, dusty house (that seems so expansively large to me now), pinging from window to window like some lost particle in space pondering how anything could endure such a dreadful, void season. I never dreamed (or even wanted just a little bit) of a Florida migration. I never dreamed I would love Florida. But who wouldn’t love the meaning of the word, “flowery Easter?” Things change.


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Making Way for the New Year

I feel like I’ve been absent. I suppose I have been distracted by all the happenings and buildings of things I hope to accomplish in the New Year … but here I am now.

Something I have been contemplating for awhile, I finally ended so I can make more room for things that matter to me. I have deactivated my Facebook account! I am tired of living through social media, stating my whereabouts, and what I’m cooking or eating for dinner and who with, and regurgitating quotes about how to live a meaningful life, or heaven forbid, ascertaining political views.

I want to live through my art and garden in the here and now, in real life and time. I want to be a participant in my own life not a narrator. I no longer view my life through a screened device.

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The Spirit of Christmas


This is our 5th year visiting Cedar Key and although it feels like home to me, that’s five years I haven’t spent Christmas with my immediate family. This year it caught up to me — I have nostalgia and I want “Christmas.” This may be unknown to you, but it certainly isn’t a secret, my husband — whom I love dearly — is a scrooge. I don’t mean just a “bah humbug” kind of scrooge, but a if-I-could-I-would-CANCEL-Christmas scrooge!

No matter I am taking Christmas by the antlers!

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