Monday, April 30, 2007

THE BEAUTY AROUND ME

Last week- on my Earth Day post- Barbara commented that one does not need to go as far away as Costa Rica or Hawaii to find some "amazing things in nature". I could not agree more.

The recurring seasonal bloom of flowers is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature.

In honor of May Day- I will share my garden- as it looks today- with all of you.

Take a moment- slip off your shoes, meander down the stone paths, feel the moss between your toes and smell the sweetness of their scent on the air.
And please do not look at the weeds.

Click on the images to make them larger and just look at the amazing detail of each bloom. Truly, works of art brought to you by Mother Nature.

A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.
Chinese Proverb

We begin with my favorite tree- gorgeous, graceful, Japanese Red Maple.













And, finally, my favorite in all the garden- White bleeding heart.


The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms, Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
Auguste Rodin

11 comments:

Dave said...

Aw, damn! I fell asleep in your garden and got sunburned! Well, I needed to get that first burn of the mowing season out of the way and I guess I couldn't have done it in a better place than your amazing garden. How beautiful! Kinda makes my basil and oregano look sick...

Thanks for the photos!

~Dave

steve said...

Gewels-thats one nice garden you got there-I think I spotted me some bluebonnets- I used to do a little gardening myself and tried to teach my kids that it wasn't about the flower so much as it was about roots and soil...

GEWELS said...

Dave- I am so glad you felt peaceful enough in my garden to fall asleep. Next time bring a hat.
Keep fertilizing the herbs- pretty soon you'll have more than you know what to do with.

Steve- how wonderful for your kids to have such a dad as you. One who teaches them how, in life, it's your roots (of family and community) and the nourishment (love, care and attention) that you bring to them that result in living a beautiful life (the flower, so to speak) I assume you meant something like that at any rate.

No, no bluebonnets- only grape hyacinths and violets.
I don't reckon bluebonnets grow around here.

Dave said...

Gewels - Your metaphor is beautiful but it also scares me because our house is full of artificial plants. What am I teaching my son!

Steve - Junior Brown has a tune called "Our First Bluebonnet Spring". If Costner's Open Range isn't my all-time favorite movie it is definitely in the top five. Robert Duvall's character is named Bluebonnet Spearman. Great film!

meno said...

I saw no weeds.

Remember, there really is no such thing as weeds, just plants in the wrong place.

GEWELS said...

Meno- that's the first thing I learned in my horticulture class in high school. I totally agree. In fact, I specifically took a picture of the dandelions amongst the violets (but chose not to show it)

Mother of Invention said...

Wow! Beauty! I can't wait till our spring catches up with yours! You'll laugh at my drab pictures I posted today just to show how dull and way behind we are up here in THe Great White North! Lilac leaves are JUST starting to come out and forsythia is in bloom..not much else!

Akelamalu said...

I love your garden. I have four Japanese Acers - no as big as yours though - I just love the colour.

I love the way you have ivy covering the tree trunk, I have it covering my washing pole!!

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your garden, I enjoyed it very much.

Barbara said...

Much better than anything I saw on Kauai! This is absolutely amazing. Can I come visit you and see the real thing?

Not so little Woman said...

Love, love, love the shots of the tulips!!

Imma ( Alice) said...

Wow, what a beautiful garden! I loved the walk through it :o) Thanks for sharing it with us.