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The more things change...

Change is not so much what we make as it is what happens to us unawares. Not everything that changes is progress but it is inevitable that everything changes. The seasons flow on, all too quickly. We tighten our life-vests, and try to steer clear of the rocks. Along our way down the river, we are grateful for every resting place. Here's ours. Above, as it was in our first August here in 2016, and below, as it is now. We still miss the old cherry tree in the foreground of the first photo. It died the year after we moved here. We've carved a garden out of the hill and planted blueberries on the slope above. One thing hasn't changed. We're still here. It's still home. We'll hold to that reality as long as we can.

The Wild Garden - new arrival...

Found this beauty in Hendo for the Wild Garden. Cascading white flowers in spring, bronze new growth into summer, showy buds in the fall, green year round.

Pieris japonica is native to the mountains of Japan. Pieris is in the heath family (Ericaceae) that includes rhododendron. Needs some sun. Needs some shade. She's waiting in her pot until she tells me where she wants to grow.