Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The ASTERISK - This Garden Writer's View

As is apparent, I enjoy writing about gardens, plants, landscapes, design, color and 'big picture' ideas.

I also like to explore the intersection of the art of writing and the art of gardening....

this particular interface is not well known - but you can see it clearly in the little punctuation mark called,

The term asterisk comes from Latin 'asteriscum' which means  "little star". It is is a typographical symbol that resembles an image of a star...

but I beg to differ, I think it resembles a FLOWER!

and so I would like to think that all those footnoted sentences have little flowers behind them...and why not draw little flowers within our sentences? better than smiley faces, yes?

So here is my paean to the lowly Asterisk...may you always see a flower when you see one.


anemone blanda by Jan Johnsen

Anemone blanda
These spring-blooming bulbs have daisy-like flowers in blue, purple, pink, or white. The foliage is fern-like. The plant grows three to nine inches tall and has a spread of three to six inches. Plant some bulbs (really corms) now for spring!


  1. Asterisks are shaped like flowers. And I agree that instead of using smiley, why don't use asterisks to indicate a flower. Flowers add beauty to life.

  2. I agree! more asterisks please....


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