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Friday, May 30, 2014

wild grape

 the first clematis!
sweet rocket and stock.

with some bittersweet vines and valerian.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

the thorns

this evening the sun was shining through these thorns - blood red and and absolutely beautiful.

 “Some people are like thorns. 
But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can't turn into petals. 
 The trick is not letting them prick you; never let a thorn prick you!” 
C. JoyBell C.
   The year's at the spring 
    And day's at the morn; 
    Morning's at seven; 
    The hillside's dew-pearled; 
    The lark's on the wing; 
    The snail's on the thorn: 
    God's in His heaven— 
    All's right with the world!
Robert Browning
 "My Grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn."
Louis Adamic
 "One thorn of experience is like a whole wilderness of warning."
James Russell Lowell
 "And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns."
Thomas Moore
 "Truths and roses have thorns about them."
Henry David Thoreau

 "Roses and thorns are parts of the same plant. 
Somehow though, some people are concerned mainly about the roses. 
The rose is not on the plant for more than a week, but the thorns are there forever.
 Roses are teaching that the beauty of life will bloom, once you have taught yourself the lessons given by living with the thorns.”  
Grigoris Deoudis

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

rain date

 lots of sweet tiny flowers in this handful while we await the big ones!
 stocks, sweet rocket, bleeding heart, woodland hyacinth, deutzia, coral bells.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

hesperis matronalis

 a lovely spring breeze inspired me to try to keep this arrangement airy and light.
 dame's rocket, sweet rocket, damask violet, dame's violet, dame's wort, dame's gillyflower, night-scented gillyflower, and mother of the evening
 are just  some of the common names for this flower.
my mom calls it sweet rocket, so that's what i go with.
 columbine and sweet rocket.



 bleeding heart and woodland hyacinth.
 deutzia gracilis.


 variegated weigelia.




in a vase from mom.  who finds the best stuff!

there's a poem, the wreck of the hesperus, by henry wadsworth longfellow.
link here.
it is, of course, spelled differently, but i think of it whenever i cut this flower.

Friday, May 23, 2014

valley girls

muguet des bois.
lily of the woods.
fragrance and delicate beauty combined.






these are at the peak of their beauty with the florets opened almost to the last one.
because of the cool weather, they are happier than ever this year!