Sunday Thoughts – July 21, 2019

“Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by Nature.” ~ George Harrison

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  My post this morning is about the beauty of Nature and also, beautiful words.  I believe in our ever-changing, often alarming world, both of these provide hope and comfort.  At least they do for me, and I hope they do for you as well.  So, please join me for a virtual stroll through the beauty of nature. I hope you will embrace the lovely words given to our world by these marvelously talented souls.  Collecting wonderful words is something I have thoroughly enjoyed since my early teens.  Many, many moons ago.

senerii: “ Butterfly by *bydandphotography ” Beautiful, Monarch Butterfly.

“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one.” ~ John Ruskin

A precious hummingbird enjoying a honeysuckle bloom.  They are such a delightful gift.

“I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live life, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.” ~ Bob Goff

stepfordwasp: “Derwent Edge © @andymapp ”

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Wild poppies

“Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.” ~ Richard Rohr

swansong-willows: “(via (90) Pinterest • The world’s catalog of ideas) ”

“The forest and I was all there was.  In the deep still silence I could feel the Earth’s beating heart.” ~ unknown

Great Smoky Mountains - Craggy Steps by Joye Ardyn Durham

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” ~ John Paul II“All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.” ~ John Lubbock

“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.” ~  Michelangelo

Dear friends,  thank you so much for your visit.  Know I am wishing you and yours a day of beauty, joy, and peace.  

And…

May you see the “Earth’s loveliness” and find joy along your path.

 

Wild Flowers: romantic Dahlia

 

“Each flower is a soul opening out to Nature.” ~ Gerald DeNerval

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

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Zinnias To The Rescue!

“There is no gardening without humility.  Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” ~ Alfred Austin

Good morning, sweet friends. I am happy to see you this morning.  Please find your coffee or tea and join me as I share a gardening story.  

I have always been a firm believer in listening to the little voice I believe we all have inside of us.  You know the voice, the one that says, “No, I don’t think so” or “Maybe I should think about this a little more.”  I don’t know about you, but usually, my little voice doesn’t fail me.  And, such was the case with the olive jar and lavender.

A few years ago, we lost a magnificent purple beech tree (another story).  So, of course, something had to go in its place.  One day I came upon a wonderful olive jar (hard to find) and my mind immediately went to lavender.  Now, I well know many varieties of lavender are not fond of severe cold.  In our region, we can experience temperatures of twelve below zero during January and February.  Our planting zone is 6-A.  Knowing our planting zone and temperatures, I went on the hunt for a variety of lavender which would suit our area.  And I found a beautiful variety, ‘Lavandula Grosso,’ hardy Zone 5 through 9.  Now understand, when a plant is marked hardy to zone 5 that means it is hardy under conditions of minus 10 to minus 20 degrees.  I was ecstatic and proceeded to order my plants.  But did I have reservations regarding my decision? Oh, yes, it was that little voice saying, “Sandra, are you sure about this?”  Anyway, my beautiful and healthy plants arrived and were planted around the olive jar.  And so began my lavender dreams.  Marvelous fragrance, wispy blooms gently swaying in the breeze, and watching the bees and butterflies dance.  Truly, I was in lavender heaven.

“Gardening is not a rational act.” ~ Margaret Atwood

In this photo, you can see the plants at the size they were when planted in May 2018.

This photo was taken in October 2018.  The plants had spread just as they were supposed to do and were even beginning to bloom.  I had a clear vision for spring.  It would be absolute magnificence, sitting in the garden sipping lavender lemonade and enjoying the beauty.  To say I was thrilled with the progress would be a complete understatement.

“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” ~ Jeff Cox

Now, I am sure you are wondering, “What happened to the lavender?”  Three below zero is what happened.  And the plants obviously were not hardy to zone 5, as stated.  We allowed the brittle twigs of the lavender to remain in the ground until the end of May, in hopes to see green.  However, all we continued to see were the brittle and dead plants.  I was sick and heartbroken.  Mike was also, he loved the lavender as it grew.

So, what was a gardener to do?  Clearly, we didn’t want to look at an unadorned olive jar and no blooms for the summer.  I didn’t want to plant any type of perennial as I had not given up on the lavender. But, I wanted something happy to help with my sadness of having lost the lavender.  Zinnias were just the ticket, they came to my rescue.  Their blooms are so cheerful and they have engulfed the olive jar, perhaps they knew they were needed.

We are truly enjoying this lovely stand of blooms.  However, we are not the only ones they make happy.  The bees are simply beside themselves.  They do not know which bloom to visit first.

The more one gardens, the more one learns; And the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows.” ~ Vita Sackville-West

In closing, I hope you have enjoyed hearing how I turned ‘brittle sticks into blooms.’ The most significate lesson I have learned from this experience is, thoroughly and I do mean thoroughly, research the plant of choice.  I am in the process of correcting the ‘error of my ways’ as there are two other lavender cultivars I am considering.  

  Look closely, you will see an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on the orange zinnia.

Meanwhile, the bees and butterflies are happy and so are we.  Hope to update you on my progress in the fall or next spring.

 

“Words, are flowers. Poetry, is a garden.” ~ unknown

Wishing you a beautiful day, full of blooms and bees and butterflies.

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts – July 14, 2019

“ Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful. ” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Good Sunday morning, sweet friends.  Wherever you may be, I do hope this finds you wrapped in summer beauty.

Today finds me thinking about kindness.  The sprinkling of little things can truly elevate our lives and enhance the quality of our days.  Such as a little package my husband and I received this past week from our dear friend, Janice.  I had the good fortune of meeting and working with Janice many years ago, probably around 1978.  Janice quickly became a wonderful friend to both of us.  She is great fun and has a fabulous sense of humor.  For instance, when I turned forty, she placed a banner on the front of my car which read, “Honk, I’m 40.”  Not until I arrived home did I understand why all the cars were blowing their horns. 

After all these years, Janice is still up to her mischief, good mischief.  She is ‘the one’ who would knock on your door with a bundle of wildflowers she had picked just for you.  Or send a package with kitchen towels which read, “Live life in full bloom and Let’s Flamingle” (Mike loves pink flamingos).  The list of Janice’s “thinking of you” goes on.  But, have you ever noticed it is the people who have endured great loss and sadness who think of others?  On days when it is probably difficult for them to put one foot in front of the other, they think of you.  Janice does.   We are not only blessed to call her our friend but she is such a total package of inspiration.  Indeed, folks like Janice inspire us to be better people.  Her actions “speak volumes to what’s in her heart.”  

“Sometimes ~
Our voice is hard to find…

We stumble over our tongues
trying to put together the words
that reflect our thoughts…

And Sometimes ~
There are simply no words beautiful enough.

But actions ~

They become the voice,
the words that may never reach the lips,
yet speak volumes to what’s in the heart.” ~ Neva Boone

 

 

“Set a high value on spontaneous kindness.” ~  Samuel Johnson

a-delightful-moment: “ Signe Bay ”

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are ~ particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me…”  ~ Jonathan Carroll
delta-breezes: “Susan | @susanlicht ”

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day. 

May you be blessed with unexpected acts of kindness and bless others in return.

 

“You blossom under kindness, don’t you? Like a rose.” ~ Sylvain Reynard

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

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“Walking on Sunshine”

“Beauty should be shared.  It is a right that belongs to everyone.” ~ William Morris

Good morning, dear friends.  “I’m walking on sunshine” and I hope you are too.   “And don’t it feel good?”  Now, don’t ask me,  where those words came from? But, do lyrics from songs ever pop in your head for absolutely no reason?  They sure do mine.  I will attribute this particular song to sunshine and summer blooms.

Speaking of blooms ~ the garden has kept me quite busy this year and it does seem to take a bit longer to accomplish the things which need to be done.  I wonder ~”could age possibly be a factor?” Anyway, therein lies my reason for not writing a post for a few weeks.  Along with the fact that my ‘inspiration hasn’t been blooming.’  You see, I am in the final stages of ‘spring bloom withdrawal.’  This always occurs as the spring blooms leave.   

flowersgardenlove: “ Pink Mums Flowers Beautiful ”

But summer blooms came to my rescue and the days are finding me “walking on sunshine.”  I am so grateful for the beauty of summer.

“I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.” ~
John Vance Cheney

These lovely hydrangeas shout, “Summer is here!”

And, is there anything prettier than a mixed summer bouquet?

That said, for my needed dose of inspiration, the subject for today’s post is ‘Beauty’ ~ my absolute passion.  Because I feel beauty is vitally important in our lives, it seems as though I always have something to say on the matter.  And, with the help of the internet world, beauty abounds.  Therefore, I hope you enjoy your visit and leave totally inspired.  Because my friends,  beauty does make our lives sweeter.

“Beauty is charm.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

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Beauty in our homes and gardens need not be extravagant to be charming and lovely.  Just as in this photo, there is the charm of the lace curtains and soft light in the window.  Of course, the blush roses take the photo over the top.  I have no doubt the ‘lady of the house’ is seated in a marvelously comfy chair, reading a grand book, enjoying her surroundings, and a delightful cup of tea. 

“There is beauty in simplicity.” ~ unknown

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“In a simple and a peaceful cottage…

with a beautiful view, you will not be dreaming about the palaces or the heaven, because you already have a perfect thing!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Beauty comes from tenderness.” ~ Katherine Cente

Butterflies are so beautiful.  For some reason, I always feel as though I should be still and quiet when they are around.  Dancing from bloom to bloom, never making a sound, they cause us to pause and be in awe of their beauty and gracefulness. I think they are saying, “I have come to thank you for the blooms, so please stop what you are doing and watch me.” 

The delicate beauty of wildflowers should not be ignored.  They happily live without any attention, other than a drink from the heavens, and thrive to beautify our roadsides and fields.  They are most worthy of our attention. 

“. . . as I wandered the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a wildflower singing a song. . .” ~ William Blake

“Beauty is an accumulation of details, the kind of layering that takes a long time.” ~ Hélène David

Our homes are filled with an “accumulation of details.”  These details can remind us of people we love and perhaps places we been or plan to go.  The beauty of them is, they come together and are a representation of our lives.  Such beauty takes time, as does living.

seabois: Mildred Anne Butler (Irish; 1858-1941) ~ Artist PaintingArtist, Mildred Anne Butler (Irish; 1858-1941)

Most of us have a certain piece or two of art which speaks to our hearts.  These make us happy and there is something about each piece we love which captivates and charms.    As Pierre-Auguste Renoir once said, “. . . painting that lends joyousness to a wall.”

Or, perhaps you may have a collection of beautiful vintage teaspoons sitting in your grandmothers spooner.  Years ago, spooners were most often kept on the kitchen table for easy access.  Mine has a place on the kitchen counter.  The spooner and spoons are special to me because of the lovely details on the spoons and the beautiful memories of the many places they have been collected from throughout the years.  And, I can assure you my morning coffee tastes better stirred with a silver spoon.  Do you have a spooner and spoons?

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“Surround yourself with things that you love, and you will always have inspiration in your life.” ~ Amelia Cooke

Whatever the things are that you love, how they have come to have a place in your home are part of the ‘details’ which make them beautiful.

“Beauty is above genius, because it does not require understanding.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was correct, ” Beauty does not require understanding.”  When we see something which makes our hearts pound. . . all we need to do is stand in awe and enjoy.  There is nothing to understand about the beauty of these gorgeous lilies, one just needs to drink their beauty.

picturetakingguy: “Lilies ”

“I felt a sudden shock of beauty so strong that I could only stand frozen in wonder.” ~ Billy Baldwin

lil-cookie99: “🌸🌹Yesterday was a beautiful day with a wonderful friend of mine🌹 🌸 ”

“They blew in the wind softly, this way, that way. They were not disappointed when they saw the scissors, rather they braced themselves sweetly and shone with willing-ness. They were on tall and tender poles, with wheels of leaves. They were soft as the ears of kittens. They felt warm in recognition of the summer day. A dozen was plenty. I held them in my arms. They were silent the way the deepest water is silent. If they wondered where they were going they didn’t show it, as they sprinkled freely over my shirt and my hands their precious gold dust.” ~ Mary Oliver
stefano-bonalume: “Lilium speciosum var. Rubrum ”
“It was a glorious evening, the sun seeming to hesitate in the process of setting, as if it couldn’t bear to end the day. It was teetering on the horizon, throwing ribbons of pink and mauve across the sky like life ropes, and the air was sweet with jasmine.” ~ Kate Morton

East Texas Sunset

In closing, know how much I appreciate your visit.  I do hope you have enjoyed your time spent with me at Maison De Jardin.  It is always my goal, to begin your day on a happy note and give you an image or a few lovely words to tuck away in your heart.  I believe we all need these things to move us forward in our daily rounds.

So, until we meet again, know I am wishing you glorious summer days “Walking on Sunshine.”

And. . .

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.” ~ unknown

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

Notes:

The lyrics to “Walking on Sunshine” were written by, Kimberly Rew.

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Sunday Thoughts ~ July 7, 2019

“We need songbirds and church bells and the smell and sights of spring, green to keep us human.” ~ René Dubois

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  There are so many dear little birds which provide us with such sweet songs.  We have a song sparrow which seems to know when we are in the garden.  He/she always appears on the peak of the garage roof and sings for us, beautiful songs.

Camouflaged by the branches in a sea of spring green at Sage Farm.

And, what a lovely sound to hear the ringing of church bells.  In our little town, we are blessed to hear the bells of the Catholic Church ringing every morning.  At noon, the Presbyterian church sounds her magnificent chimes.     

“For bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search the hearts of young and old.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Morning in nature is glorious.  The beauty of nature, dressed in “spring green,” is truly a feast for our eyes and medicine for our souls.

In closing, please know how much I appreciate your visit.  Also, I am wishing you and yours a perfectly beautiful day and week ahead. 

And along your path,  

 I hope you will  hear ‘birdsong and church bells’ and enjoy the ‘sights and smells of nature.’ 

For, they do help ‘keep us human.’

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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Happy Birthday America !

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Good morning, dear friends.  Today, all across our great land folks are preparing to celebrate the 4th.  There will be small celebrations and huge family gatherings, all celebrating the birth of our country as an independent nation.   image

On this day, let us all take a few moments to remember those who bravely fought, the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and those currently serving in the military to ensure we remain a free nation.  As we pause, the words of former President, Ronald Reagan are, in my opinion, certainly worth considering, “We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something ~ for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.”

For me, one thing which always seems to make the day so special, as well as festive, is our dear ~ “Red, White, and Blue” which will be flying in all her majestic glory everywhere.  From coast to coast, in cities and small towns, all will know it is America’s birthday. 

“I Am An American 

That’s the way most of us put it,

just matter of factly.

They are plain words, those four.

You could write them on your thumbnail,

or you could sweep them across this bright blue summer sky.

But remember too they are more than words,

They are a way of life.

So whenever you speak them,

speak them firmly;

speak them proudly;

speak them gratefully;

I am an American.” ~ unknown

So, celebrate the day.  Enjoy your family and friends.  All the festivities.  And remember why we celebrate.  Let us work together to keep our land a most special place, not only for ourselves, but for future generations.

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Because we want them to always have a place to pick wildflowers.

And have a favorite fishing hole.

 

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

Have a wonderful day.  And if you are traveling, be safe.

 

Hugs and Love,

Sandra

 

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ June 30, 2019

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.

  Today is such a day.” ~ Rumi

Dear friends, on this last day of June, I am wishing you and yours a glorious day of beauty.  Enjoy all the moments of these precious summer days.  

And, may the week ahead bring you …

“…simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ June 23, 2019

“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” ~  Menachem Begin

 

Dear Friends, wishing you and yours a peaceful and beautiful day.

And may you always find…

“A quiet spot to think, a quiet spot among the flowers to dream and tell yourself sweet stories.” ~ Shirley Jackson

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ June 16, 2019

“It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.” ~ N. P. Willis
Good morning, dear friends.  June is such a lovely month and my thoughts this morning are all about the beauty this month holds.  Roses are blooming, the leaves and grass are luscious green, the sky is blue, and the warm air is full of birdsong and fragrance.  June, with her idyllic days, is truly a gift from above.
image “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Public gardens and parks are dressed in their finest to welcome all their many visitors.  And, among these beautiful places are rose gardens.  They are always clipped and snipped to perfection and have such a grand variety of magnificent roses with exquisite blooms… simply out of this world.  Just waiting for you to come and visit.

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“There’s nothing like the rose.  The lily has an air, and the snowdrop a grace, and the sweet-pea a way, and the heart’s ease a face, ~ yet there’s nothing like the rose when she blows.” ~ Christina G. Rossetti

“Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle may not grow.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“It was June and the world smelled of roses.” ~ Maud Hart Lovelace

“June was a month of sunflowers like golden lion manes and bumble bees buzzing around restlessly. Honeysuckle is everywhere and the sky is a cerulean blue like paint on a canvas. Roses flutter like the wings of birds whilst the birds fly up in the sky like paper planes.” ~ unknown

 

Dear friends, I thank you for spending a little time with me this morning.  I do hope you have found a lovely image or perhaps a few words which speak to you ~ something to tuck away in your heart.  

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day.

And…

“May thy cup be filled with summer’s blessings and bloom in thy heart a little garden that brings thee great joy and everlasting kindness, wherever thy feet may wander.” ~ Freya Turrill

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Spring Unfolding In ‘Le Jardin’

“Spring turns to summer and the leaves on the trees switch from shades of shamrock-green to a richer, more luxurious forest-green.  I spy, from the comfort of my sitting room, the much-loved landmarks that cosset my little home and make note of the delicate changes that each week bestows upon them.  The air is infused with the scent of young grass and the birds are in full throat with songs as pure and clear as icy water.  It is a joy to stand still for a spell and breathe in the pleasures of the present.” ~ Freya Turrill

Good morning, dear friends.  In the hills of West Virginia, spring is slowly moving toward summer.  So before we become too deep in summer, do find a comfy chair, your coffee or tea, and come along with me as I share “spring unfolding in le jardin.”

Daffodils ~ the harbinger of spring.  I was so waiting for these beauties.  Isn’t everyone after winter?  The lovely blue and white tulipiere was screaming for daffodil blooms.  The tulipiere was a gift from a dear friend, her mom was my beloved high school Botany and Zoology teacher.  This lovely treasure sat on our dining room buffet all winter patiently waiting for blooms.

 

“Then I lifted the hook and flung the window open.  Spring came in.” ~ Felipe Alfau 

It is a sure sign spring has arrived when the tree peonies bloom, always late April to the very first week of May.  This pink one is my favorite, I named her Princess Cathy.  She was a gift from my former neighbor and dear friend, Cathy. She is a stunning beauty.

Another beauty is our purplish/red tree peony, Shimadaijin.  In this photo of her in the garden, she appears redder in color.

While in the vase she appears more purple.  Actually, she is really violet in color.

Tree peonies are so special.  Their petals are like tissue paper.  Their bloom time is not long, but they bless us with their beauty every moment they are in bloom.

 

“If heaven has a scent, it must smell like lilacs in bloom.” ~ Victoria Doyle Heagy

The lilacs were especially pretty this year.  I do not know the name of the white lilac but was told it is a Madame Lemoine.  It was started from a tiny sprig of a neighbors shrub.

Lilac ~ Ludwig Spaeth.

The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom. ~ Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)

The first of the Herbaceous Peonies to bloom is always ‘Sunny Girl.’  She is butter yellow in color.

This is ‘Courage.’  Notice the speckles on her petals. God gave her special attention.

‘Red Charm’ is another early beauty.

‘Coral Sunset’ is a stand out in the garden.  Coral peonies take a few years to mature but are well worth the wait.

Another favorite ~ ‘Chiffon Clouds.’  Isn’t she lovely with the raindrops on her petals?

‘Bartzella,’ also wearing raindrops.  Bartzella is an Itoh peony, a cross between a Herbaceous  Peony and a tree peony.

The hand-painted Fenton vase was a birthday gift from my mom many years ago.  It happily holds peonies Mrs. FDR, Bowl of Cream, and Gardenia.  Along with a little Baptisia.

“Had I but four square feet of ground at my disposal, I would plant a peony in the corner and proceed to worship.” ~ Alice Harding

“Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colours dressed.” ~ James Thomson

A corner of the garden in the early morning.

Like the lilacs, the rhododendrons were full of loveliness this year.

One of my oldest garden friends, Baptisia.  Often referred to as ‘False Indigo.’  It is beautiful in a vase with peonies.

“Then we had the irises, rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, like blown glass, like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, light blue, light mauve, and the darker ones, velvet and purple…” ~ Margaret Atwood

Iris, Beverly Sills

White Iris is Laced Cotton.  The name of the violet iris is unknown.

Iris, Silverado 

Iris, Ruby Morning

Oh, I had so many blooms ~ ‘I didn’t know what to do.”

“If you take any flower you please and look it over and turn it about and smell it and feel it and try to find out all its little secrets, not of flower only but of leaf, bud and stem as well, you will discover many wonderful things. This is how you make friends with plants, and very good friends you will find them to the end of our lives.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll

Clematis, Giselle (first year to bloom)

A favorite.  Clematis, Rooguchi

“And then, one fairy night, May became June.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Antique Rose, and only blooms once a year.  She was laying in the yard with nothing on which to climb when we purchased our home.  We purchased an arbor for her ~ she has greatly rewarded us.

Close up of this lovely rose, which is also very fragrant.

Rosa, Graham Thomas

  Poppies from France, about to bloom.

It is always a surprise to see where the poppies have decided to plant themselves each year.  They have a mind of their own.                                                     

Honeysuckle, Peaches and Cream.  This is the first year for this lovely plant.  It was planted last August.

There is always something else to do. A gardener should have nine times as many lives as a cat.” ~ Vita Sackville-West

Hydrangea, Regula ~ about to bloom at the garden entrance.

So, as I needed ‘something else to do’ and of course more blooms, a few years ago I potted three hydrangeas in urns.  Understand they have to be taken to the garage in the winter.  Mike always finds a place for them and he even sees to it that they have a wee drink from time-to-time.

Hydrangea, Blue Danube

Hydrangea, Blue Danube is the bluest of the blue hydrangeas.  However, in order to have her bloom in her heavenly blue, I would need to add a soil acidifier to the soil.  There is a fine line when doing this with potted hydrangeas.  Too much will kill the plant.  Therefore, I decided to leave them alone and allow them to turn a natural pink.  I have two of these (one on either side of the arbor) and you can see this one is just beginning to show color.

The Oak Leaf, Leather Leaf hydrangea has an abundance of bloom this year.  I especially enjoy it as summer moves along and the blooms turn a rosy pink.  The leaves become scarlet in the fall.

Hydrangea, Annabelle

 

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” ~Ray Bradbury

 

So, my dear friends, I do hope I have not given you bloom overload and you have enjoyed your visit.  Know I am so pleased you took time from your day to spend a little of it with me. 

Wishing you a beautiful day.

And…

wherever you roam may you find loads of blooms and great joy!

Petunia, Picasso ~ I adore the chartreuse edges of the pink bloom.

 

“There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.” ~ Mirabel Osler

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

Images:  M.S. Lambiotte