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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A little bit of this...

Kissing Cousins now reside in the Salvia - they seem happy
 The 'Great Heron' iris
The Chive blooms are BIG this year! 'Gallery Pink' Lupinus in the background
I dug 'Ostrich' fern from one of the beds for these urns...Lord knows there's enough of it.
'Mrs. P.B. Trux' Clematis is in her stride
'Carolina Moonlight' (?) Baptisa picks up the inner color of this Peony
Knock out roses are starting...
In pink...
and red.
Love how these 'Queen Alexander Poppys pick up the same shade of pink as the 'Glad Heart' Iris!
This is not a great shot but I like the way it shows the blues...

So thats what's happen here...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Careless Rapture

                                Many spring mornings ...I step into this garden and my breath catches
                                     God has been so good to allow me to experience such beauty.
       The light purple Iris (unsure of cultivar)  fills the air with the scent that is like a good grape Kool-aid!
The view from the side of the garden
'Brave Heart'...I think lol..Its all in my garden journal..I'm too tired to check!
'Yaquina Blue'... who knows if that's spelled right!
'Gallery Pink' Lupine
       Papaver oriental 'Queen Alexander'
And that's why she's the Queen!
Columbine that is sheer joy! 
My 'Baby Girl' ( that's her cultivar name - HA) took these last 2 shots.
Good job Baby Girl!

So, that's whats blooming here at Glimpses of Glory!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A little bit of whimsy...

                                    Its a good thing to have some whimsy in a formal type garden.

                                         Ostrich fern and Columbine with Hosta in side garden.

                                                                      ' Cirus Autumn' Iris

                                                                   Happy GBBD day!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Shadow of turning...

Lately, while in the garden,
I have become more aware of light and shadow and how they play one against the other.

The movement of the two, as the day progresses.The effect they have on the observer.

The ticking of the clock, the passing of time. The line created of great divide.
What I had failed to realize was what an important role they play in the overall design of the garden as compared to say color ... or.. shape..or texture. The components my mind has gone to first when considering design.

But, the great Penelope Hobhouse has set my mind a... whirl... with thoughts of designing a garden space with the main focus being on how the light is shaped by the turning of shadow.

As recorded in scripture shadow mainly represents one of two things...death or protection.
The shadow of death, or protection under HIS WINGS.
I choose to think about the second...lol.

When I was young, my mother would bring my siblings and me to Brooklyn to visit my grandparents.
There we would play in the small backyard that stood behind their 3 story brownstone house.
It held a garden, but more importantly, a grape arbor, which provided dense shade and on which my
Greek Populi grew his pale green table grapes.

How I loved to retreat to this little shady corner in the heat of those Brooklyn summers.
I remember the cool feel on my skin that that arbor provided after running around in the bright sunshine.
I would reach up, avoiding any scary green spiders, and pluck bunches of  seedy grapes for an instant snack.

The memory is so vivid of how even the air changed when I crossed that line of light to shadow.
The feeling of crossing that line has stayed in my mind, a more lasting memory
than my fear of those spiders or the sweetness of the grapes.

So, after many years of gardening, this is really giving me something to consider.
                                                    The house casts a shadow in later afternoon.

            So, next time your in your garden, think about the play of the light, the turning of the shadow,
                                                     and the protection under His wings.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Favorite garden book in the whole wide world

I absolutely love, love love this book.
It's enormously informative without being encyclopedia-ish, beautifully photographed and so interesting.
I read every word, twice.
The author, Ken Druse, has an enthusiasm that is delightful.
He speaks of the 'Golden Mean," a mathematical design formula that is found repeatedly in nature and thus in art and architecture.
                                    As you can see I own a 'few" books on gardening. Here are just a few.
                                                   They are all good, some being better than others.
                      But Planthropology surpasses them all, teaching me concepts I have never read about.
            Which is really saying something, since I have gone to the public library an average of twice a week
                                                                     for many years now.

Also highly recomended is:

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