In the midst of winter cold, I received the link to a poetry prompt that made my day! Nature’s wonder, Lavender, is the theme of today’s prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads website. Hannah Gosselin has provided some visual and sound inspirations.

Thought I would share a poem that I wrote about lavender some time ago at Poetic Bloomings. It fits with the theme for today.


the screen door slams

as I step out onto the front porch


lavender lingers in the air tonight

fills my lungs with precious pause


spritely sprigs of white and pink and mauve

replenished with today’s June showers

emit their secret scent to the night air

smile as they line the flagstone walkway and

border the garden

filled with white daisies and pink roses

that renew my spirit each year

on every summer’s day


now, after midnight

the moon hides from me

in a black cloud-filled sky

but I am reassured

as I breathe in the sweet mist of lavender

that lingers in the air tonight

© Patricia A. McGoldrick



With the change of seasons, there is always a tinge of excitement in the air. The cycle of life is moving on to its next stage in so many ways. Changes are happening in colour, activities, routines.

One thing for certain, there is a more disciplined approach with schedules, appointments, goals.

Each year, as I see the leaves start to change colours, I realize that, yes, life is a cyclical process. We humans are truly part of a bigger picture!

These pink cosmos seem to be standing at attention in the perennial garden after arriving so late with their blooms.

The red geraniums are still flourishing as temperatures drop.

Vegetables are plentiful. The root vegetables such as carrots are excellent ingredients for soups. The slow cooker is well used in this season. I recommend checking out slow cooker books in the library. Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan is a wonderful source of recipes!

Hope you all have a great autumn season. Each year I am fascinated by the range of colours. Enjoy!



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