Thought I would post these today, with permission of course. Time slips away and these moments are gone before you realize it. Thank You Baby Girl – for allowing me to save them and share them. You’re beautiful! May 3, 2014
My English Lavender has finally established itself after two years and is taking over from the day lilies next to my deck and patio. Instead of cutting it back last year I left it completely alone, and this spring it ran amok! Amok! Amok! Amok! 😉 I actually was able to smell it the other afternoon when my allergies were giving me a break. It was divine! And the bees love it. They go about their business busily while I snap pictures. Unfortunately, they are too quick for me to get a good picture of them, but I’ll figure it out someday….. laughing!
And Just for Fun: Both of my grandmothers used to sing this to me and my sister when we were little – its derived from a very old English Nursery Rhyme – that has MUCH bawdier origins. This version won Burl Ives an Academy Award in 1948, and was his first major chart topper. Here’s the song reference:
- Lavender for a Relaxed Summer (streampointwellness.wordpress.com)
- Lovely Lavender…Cuttings! (smplyliving.wordpress.com)
- ღ Lavender Love ღ (blissfilled1.wordpress.com)
- Lavender patch (thesimplelandscape.com)
I decided to get crafty yesterday and this morning and try some flower arranging. Then, I tried to see if I could capture my efforts for posterity. The Roses and the Lavender are direct from my garden; and the conch shell was brought back from the Caribbean by my father after he took a Windjammer cruise – back in the 80’s. Originally he had planned to make a nightlight out of it. Somehow it ended up at my house. The Viking learned how to sound a conch in Hawaii back in his younger days – and occasionally he greets the sunset with a blast or three. It really does work,and we’ve gotten calls wondering what the noise was! 😉 Here’s how the photos turned out. Please let me know what you think, and what your favorites are if you have any! I’m including this youtube video because it came up on my playlist while I was editing this. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today so it fits! Enjoy the Kingston Trio! The answer to the question is apparently “My House!” Hahahaha!!!
These were Selena Jacques Lahue (my Great- Grandmother)’s peonies. My Grandpa dug them up and brought them to his front garden when she passed away, and my mother brought them to her backyard when Grandpa left us. Peonies also happen to be my sister Susan’s favorite flower. I went over to my Mom’s this morning and together we managed to get these photographs. Mom held up the blooms with a stick since they are so darn top- heavy. It was great to share this time with her, and listen to a couple of the family stories while I snapped away. I’m normally not a fan of white flowers per se, but these have a spattering of red to boost the visual interest; kind of like an artist lined the center whorls with crimson. Nature, gotta love her -even when she’s off her HRT. 😉 I hope you enjoy these! Thanks for stopping by.
- Peonies (whimseypie.wordpress.com)
- Spring Peonies (proflowers.com)
- Peonies with History (freshcoatofpaint.ca)
- Eight perfect peonies (naturesurrounds.wordpress.com)
- Things we love: Peonies (finchnwren.wordpress.com)
Heres the song reference, a little before my time but good music NEVER goes out of style, does it?
The air smells divine this evening. Yes, I can actually smell the apple blossoms this year – albeit faintly. Its FINALLY May in New England. Wedding Season. I should head up to Stanley Park soon as things should be in full flower up there by now. But my side yard beckoned this afternoon. I like the play of light and shadow on the leaves and blossoms. There was quite a breeze but the blossoms held on strong. Its sure been a lovely day today. We could use some rain – which I understand is finally in the forecast this week thankfully. Not much else to say. I’m gonna let the pictures do the talking. I hope you all like them! HUGS!
Early Spring Water Meadow along Rte 23 Blandford, MA
Canadian Goose in its element, and Remnants of a Beaver Dam, Long Pond Conservation Area. Algerie Road North Blandford, MA
And last but by no means least, my traveling companion and chauffeur for the afternoon – The Viking – patiently waiting pondside while I trekked in and got pictures. And no, I didn’t fall in, or get muddy!
It was really wonderful to meander those back roads today. I grew up there and nostalgia waxed large as I noted how much had changed – and how much had stayed the same. The afternoon light is becoming more and more spring-like even though there’s still plenty of snow on the ground up in the hills. The sounds of water cascading over the rocky stream beds, the wind rushing through the pines and dry reed beds, the honking chatter of the geese and ducks – all made for a peaceful backdrop to my self-imposed photo assignment. Hell, I’ll call it what it was -THERAPY. I came home with numb fingers and ears, but quite contented. Best of all, I got to spend the afternoon with my guy!