Summer parkstrip on Oakdale

Summer parkstrip on Oakdale, © 2013 Celia Her City

The 500 block of West Oakdale is one of my favorites, partly because of these wonderful old brick row houses that, because of their white paint, seem like they belong in Washington, DC.  I think these are some of the oldest attached houses in my vicinity, dating back to the early 1890s. More

Mosses for meditation

Mosses for Meditation, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, © 2013 Celia Her City

Among the most unusual items in the Garden Show was this panel, displayed on an easel in a wooden frame, entitled “Mosses for Meditation.”  It certainly is arresting, and, when photographed, acquires an additional novelty.  The plant matter becomes abstract, and its scale impossible to determine.

Well, it is certainly very beautiful-looking, but how long will it last?

I believe I would prefer to meditate on the mosses at the base of a tree . . .

Mossy tree, © 2013 Celia Her City

or growing up, star-like, among last season’s leaves . . .

Starry mosses and leaves, © 2013 Celia Her City

or growing in combination with tender spring shoots . . .

Moss and spring leaves, © 2013 Celia Her City

or even growing all over some creepy fungus.

Moss on fungus, © 2013 Celia Her City