Six on Saturday

With all our eyes on the Ukraine situation, and since this WordPress site focuses on gardens, let’s try to concentrate on a positive outcome. Therefore, today’s SOS will feature scenes of spring in Ukraine. These are stock photos from my own online research.

Hopscotching across Ukraine, we begin at the Central Botanical Garden in Kyiv, established in 1936. Subsequently, it has grown to include a spectacular range of approximately 13,000 species brought here from all over the world. Coniferous trees, roses, shrubs, lilacs and magnolias fill the garden with color and fragrance. Scattered throughout the grounds are greenhouses and hothouses, each containing its own plant and flower extravaganza.

Botanical Garden Greenhouse, Kyiv, Ukraine

On to Lviv in western Ukraine, here are unusually tall greenhouses with specimen trees.

In Odessa, down in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, here is a city garden.

Odessa National University Botanical Garden stretches out below.

Spring arrives in the Carparthians, a system of mountains forming an arc across Central and Eastern Europe, thereby encompassing Ukraine’s west side.

And that’s my Six on Saturday hopscotch this week.


Celebrating just over fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. I launched this INVITATION TO THE GARDEN blog the summer of 2017 on I look forward to hearing your stories, too!

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