Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summer Days

Incredible blue skies and sunshine today. Lots of the stuff, it surely feels like we are slap in the midst of summer with this 91 degree heat.
The flowers are bursting out in full bloom, a virtual rainbow of colors, each day, a new surprise.
We have a new set of twin fawns, and momma deer has decided the time is right to make their appearance, sprightly little things, all bouncy and curious. 
Pop-up storms make their way through each evening, a welcomed gesture to cool the night air.
We'll take whatever help we can get.
 

 
 






Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Timeless Treasures

I have a fondness for English Staffordshire Ware.
 
One look at those pastoral village scenes, and I'm transported back to my grandmother's kitchen, where her cupboard displayed shelf upon shelf of these timeless treasures.
I can see the kitchen table covered in a freshly-starched embroidered tablecloth, the milk-jug sitting atop, awaiting the first of many pots of tea served throughout the day.
Treasured memories of gentler times........
 
 
 
One of my favorite collections are from the Alfred Meakin "Tintern" series.
I'm drawn to their bucolic scenes from years gone by.


 
 

"Come along inside ~ We'll see if tea and buns will make the world a better place."

~ Wind in the Willows
 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Bee-ing Busy

The garden is all abuzz, with bees, and butterflies, lightning bugs and ladybugs.
All so very busy dutifully distributing the pollen amongst the flowers.
I thank them more than words can say.



 
 
 








 
 Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!

~ Emily Dickinson : The Bee (1830)
 
 


 

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hello Summer






"Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing."

~Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Observing

A beautiful summer's day today.
Lower temperatures, and soft gentle rain, of which is greatly appreciated.
In-between showers, sunbursts and gentle breezes, makes for happy flowers.
Not so pretty, but necessary, wire cages enclose all flowers and shrubs that the deer like to eat.
We had new visitors to the garden today, two mother-hen wild turkeys with their babies, happily plodding along by their sides.
The momma deer,  finally decided to share her new fawn with us, after much anticipation.
Turkeys are becoming a rarity in several Tennessee counties that were once in abundance, it's a sweet pleasure to know they are still here amongst us.
Hope all is well and sweet, in your little corner of the world.
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 


 

 
 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Late Spring Days

Rain has finally made a show, and ooh,  how the flowers were happy !
The temperatures fell to a cozy fifty nine degrees last night, perfect for opening up the windows, and falling asleep to the sounds of the tree frogs and the crickets.
Not to be outdone the hoot owl adds his own repertoire to the nightly chorus.
Many of the perennials are losing their brilliance, a sure sign that rainfall has been a scarcity.
The Autumn Joy sedum however, is turning a delicious shade of crimson.