Category Archives: garden

drift

hook up the new dishwasher.  find some pictures.  drift in and out of that conscious state.  opt for speedy indifference rather than panic.  that could result in mediocre words.  which the flowers will still undoubtedly outdo.  and still much better than sleeping through the publish button.  do try not to sleep before publish.  oh yes there are flowers and sunshine something we get very little of this time of the year living south of the lake.  think dependable cloud generator.  now for those flowers…

12-118 Diabolique x Purple Satellite

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empty spots

today was for making empty spots.  the garden is full.  somethings need to come out before new things go in their place.  so today was for making empty spots.  plants on their way to somewhere else were dug out.  a couple more days of this and there just might be enough room come moving day.  now back to flowers from the past july…

looking vs seeing

often this part begins with ‘find a picture.’  ‘looking’ for a picture.  found a picture – hmm that would be seeing what i want.  there is a picture.  when i first saw it the thought was this is not good.  i was not seeing the daylilies.  there was clutter in the way.  then again maybe the not seeing came from not looking for that.  maybe i was looking for a ‘garden’ picture.  or even a nature picture.  we will get back to that.  so what do you see ?  or better what were you looking for ?   did you see the whole and not try to break it into discrete elements ?  did you choose primary and secondary elements to focus ?  did you choose to dismiss lesser elements ?  did you notice the blue larkspur ?  or should i say the mostly blue except for the pink petals.  did the unbloomed scape get mentally pushed out of the way so the large and mostly obscured flowers could be seen ?  or did the green and red coleus get your attention ?  so what have you been conditioned to see ?  it might be this picture was chosen to tell the story of nature.  a story where no one element is in front or in focus.  a story where only barely constrained chaos rules the day as soon as the gardener’s hand is drawn away.  well it is a theory – chaos that is.  and it might even explain why some days i walk right past the prettiest of visions…

   

summer daze

somewhere along the line we have passed the longest day of summer.  the summer solstice.  and the days will get warmer.  today the second brand new seedling bloomed.  aka 16-118 12-002 Random Control x Rose F Kennedy ) x 13-0702-001 Smoke Scream x Diabolique.   there are more to come.  summer has a way to go and some time to unfold.  the seedling and two other images…

16-118 12-002 Random Control x Rose F Kennedy ) x 13-0702-001 Smoke Scream x Diabolique

stars and flowers

as night unfolds and the sky slowly darkens the night sky slowly fills with stars.  one by one they start to take their place.  when night begins some stars are still too dim for the fading light.  and an hour later there are too many stars to count.  so it goes in a similar way with the summer garden.  it will be a few days until there are too many to count.  today about six new flowers bloomed.  four images…

tall and spidery

this flower is as tall as my fence.  it is 48 inches 122 cm tall.  i will have to measure the flower next time it blooms.  the flower was registered the year before i was born, 1951.  and flower size was not required back then.  it is a spider.  two images…

return of the elf

moving plants holds all kinds of surprises.  sometimes a plant will not take well to its new location.  and you end up moving it again.  Nutmeg Elf got moved under the tree in the front garden.  there were other daylilies there along side it.  they bloomed.  Nutmeg Elf grooved its inner elfness and expressed its displeasure.  it did not bloom.  so it was moved to a sunnier spot in the front gardens.  now it is happier.  this is the first day of bloom.  it is very happy.  always try to keep your elves happy…