August typically isn't a great month for a flower show. So i keep sneaking in any thing i come across. today i planted mums, sunflowers and coneflowers. just the little bit made a huge difference on the garden appearance. the addition also used up all my little foot spacers. i'm not sure how i will get around in the garden now! lol!!!
Anyway, i am working long hours every day to complete Toad Hollow so it will be published and ready for october. i am still working on Impressionist Summer Cottage, but am in no hurry to complete it.
As of September, my focus will be on cheer obligations. i am in charge of cheer and homecoming decorum. i will be very consumed by this, as i plan to personalize and customize all the decor and memorabilia.
**********************Always busy! Always me!***********************
My iris are in bloom! my favorite color too (orchid). so beautiful.
ode to iris. haha
Can one conceive of any reason for a flower's beauty excepting our ability to enjoy their exquisite splendor? Of course there are scientific reasons for flowers beautiful colors such as attracting animals to spread nectar and enabling them to reproduce. Just the same, there could have been many other ways to allow for plant species to reproduce. It is my belief that the world is beautiful so that we could have the pleasure of enjoying it. A flower is a testimony that the world is designed for our enjoyment.
A couple of poems.
Song: Fair Iris I love and hourly I die
By John Dryden from Amphitryon
Fair Iris I love and hourly I die,
But not for a lip nor a languishing eye:
She's fickle and false, and there I agree;
For I am as false and as fickle as she:
We neither believe what either can say;
And, neither believing, we neither betray.
'Tis civil to swear and say things, of course;
We mean not the taking for better or worse.
When present we love, when absent agree;
I think not of Iris, nor Iris of me:
The legend of love no couple can find
So easy to part, or so equally join'd.
DYK? In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.
Somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
E. E. Cummings, 1894 - 1962
i do not know what it is about you
that closes and opens;
only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes
is deeper than all roses
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As you can see, i have made good progress on the pop n play castle. I'd say you would never know it was a castle! There is still more painting and stone-work to be completed. Now, if you are not doing anything to the back, then you will be very close to finish. However, the back is the secret garden. so the stone-work needs its mortar lines painted in and the garden will be partially painted and silks glued on. and a pretty blue sky. so stay tuned for more How-To!!!
“The earth has music for those who listen.”
― George Santayana
A flower garden is a little piece of heaven on earth. I don't know what it is to put the notion in one's head that alot of back-breaking work is worth one's effort to have a flower garden. Philosophically, it would be far more practical to plant only edible specimen. There is something awe inspiring about a flower garden. I haven't had the desire to plant or care for flowers in years. Yet all it took, to take me down, was one heavily flowered pot of foxglove! of all the flowers to to inspire me. Foxglove - a digitalis (used for drug preparations that contain cardiac glycosides). This genus is native to western and southwestern Europe, western and central Asia, Australasia and northwestern Africa. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. Foxglove is a very popular plant for the english garden. Perhaps thats what caught my attention. Foxglove is not very common around these parts.
My husband and i spent this mother's day weekend planting a tiny english garden. He ripped out a monster bush (and it's stump) that i never liked. I planted a variety of sun loving flower specimen, including a few plants that will prefer a bit of shade.
Here's what i planted (most of the plants are from a retailer called English Gardens):
foxglove (rotten little instigators! lol)
Angelface summer snapdragon
spider flower (cleome)
marguerite daisy (butterfly)
"I believe in an everyday sort of magic - the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places and people; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone."
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