Denise Goldberg's blog

Thursday, June 20, 2024

dahlia delight

The first dahlias of the season are starting to appear in local gardens.


Monday, June 17, 2024

approaching low tide

The approaching low tide convinced me it was a good time for a walk on the beach.

While the wildlife refuge beach is closed for the piping plover nesting season it is still possible to walk the beach on the north and of Plum Island. A reasonable temperature (ahead of the predicted heat wave), a constant breeze, and the outgoing tide combined to create wonderful walking conditions.

beach walk, Plum Island

Saturday, June 15, 2024


Peonies in pink create a welcome splash of color.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

garden rabbit

As I walked through a garden this evening I watched rabbits enjoying the grass, eating, running.

I was happy that this one posed for me; I guess I stopped walking far enough from him that he didn't feel the need to run.


Sunday, June 09, 2024

curves & color

Bearded iris in the garden continue to show both curved petals and amazing color.

bearded iris

Thursday, June 06, 2024

lifting fog

While today's predicted rain didn't appear, fog floated over the coast.

My mid-tide walk on the north end of Plum Island was enhanced by the moving fog.

fog on Plum Island

Sunday, June 02, 2024

pale pink

It's rhododendron season at Maudslay State Park.

I really like these flowers in pale pink.


Friday, May 31, 2024


As I walked in the Strawberry Banke community garden in Portsmouth on Wednesday I saw a bearded iris that looked like a painting. Its center petals were yellow while the outreaching bottom petals wore a light violet with an edge of brown.

What a beautiful flower!

bearded iris

Monday, May 27, 2024

morning iris

The perennial garden at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens is a home to bearded iris.

My first iris-seeking visit to Stevens-Coolidge this past Friday evening showed lots of buds but only a few flowers in bloom. When I headed to the garden early this morning I found many of them in full bloom.

I love this one wearing pure purple!

bearded iris

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


A bearded iris shows off several shades of purple.

I've always been fascinated by the shape and color of this intricate flower.

bearded iris