Every Picture Tells a Story
Sitting here on the porch, Willie Nelson crooning and birds chirping under cloudy spring skies, I am supposed to be churning out one of my quasi-educational, native plant articles that blend science and beauty in a way that warms my heart and makes my grandmother proud. Trouble is, May has been such a rich chapter of life — the beauty of springtime, the sustenance of rain, the tragedy of tornadoes, my son’s 20th birthday (and all of the emotions I feel surrounding these things) — how can I narrow my focus enough to make sense of it all? I try to concentrate, but my thoughts ricochet around like a pinball. I finally decide to look at suitable photos first, then write about them.
Well, 700-plus images later, I finally acquiesce and submit to the power and beauty of what Mother Earth has placed before my eyes. I figure she can do more in a few photos than I can in a novel.
About the author: Steven Chamblee is the chief horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford and a regular contributor to Neil Sperry’s GARDENS magazine and e-gardens newsletter. Steven adds these notes:
Come see Chandor Gardens while she wears her glorious spring cloak of blossoms! Go to www.chandorgardens.com for details. Just take I-20 west to exit 409, hang a right, go 2.1 miles and hang a left on Lee Avenue. Head straight 12 blocks and you’re driving in the gates. Call 817-361-1700 for more information.
I can always use another road trip! Let me know if you’d like me to come out and speak to your group sometime. I’m low-maintenance, flexible, and you know I like to go just about anywhere. No city too big; no town too small. Just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work something out.