Beauty is fresh and as lovely
As be the flowers in springtime,
As they wobble their heads gently in the breeze,
As they slowly climb their way to the stars,
For only to see the purple aplomb
Of all the angels ‘round the lilacs fair.
Centered there amongst the stars
Is a d’lightful hand of jubilant giants
Of molded mounds of marigolds,
Sitting round the echoless sounds
Of daisies pleasantly pleased with
Their effortless ease in growing
And being the forefront of things.
As all the flowers perk alike
To the stars that be aglow with light,
Sifting and seeding the sky with love,
And showing all the flowers that be:
Now, yes now comes the time to sing,
As each little flower learns to bring
Its radiance of love to all above,
And to shower about their fragrance fair.
In sharing with nature their heavenly air.
Here are some of the flowers I grew around my garden patio in Florida last year. It was so much fun planning and laying out where I wanted all my little plants to go – and then watching them grow! Some of the purple flowers I didn’t label rather than guess wrong as to what they are. Maybe some of you may be able to tell me. My favorite of all favorites for Florida flowers is the hibiscus. Growing up in Florida I very much took them for granted, but after being in other parts of the country for some thirty years I realized how much I missed them and how special they really are.
Double Salmon Hibiscus
Vincas and a crepe myrtle bush just getting started.
I had to include my cherry tomato plant, yes one, that grew and grew and grew with loads of little tomatoes. Next to it is a basil plant that also kept growing and growing. When I lived in Arizona for seventeen years only once did I succeed in getting a tomato or two off a bush. Usually the temperature would get unusually hot in April and the plants wouldn’t blossom – or would lose its blossoms because of the high temps (this was in the low desert where temperatures reach the high 90s in spring and to about 120degrees in the summer.)
Here is the crepe myrtle bush as it has grown a bit.
Memories of home in Ocala. This is the community clubhouse next to the apartment I had. Look at those billowing clouds! That is one of the things that I love most about Florida – the beautiful fluffy clouds and blue skies. Sharing this with Blue Monday
One of the things I miss most living in the house I sold in Arizona are the bird feeders. Besides this rugged wooden one that the little sparrows and bigger doves loved, there were several long cylindrical ones that only the smaller birds could perch on. For awhile I had one on the ground for the doves but then the pigeons moved in – and what a mess they made! So I had to move it to an area that was not as accessible to the pigeons. I used to love to watch and hear the little brown towhees underneath the purple sage bushes and the feathery cassia bushes.
Here are some rare visitors – a bevy of quail.
Then I had one on top of the covered hot tub especially for the doves. One year we went away for four months and the doves left evidence that they were awaiting our return right at the back door! Piles of it! (Unless they just wanted to get in because they could see the packages of bird seed setting on the table).
These are the blooms of the feathery cassia bushes that you can see above behind the doves.
Here is a critter you don’t see too often, as they usually live deep in the woods – a katydid. This is the first (and only) time I’ve ever seen a katydid. Really unusual looking!
Here’s a puzzle I made this past week; or I should say, finished, as it took me more than a week to put together!
This is a watercolor pencil drawing of my back patio overlooking the woods and lawn. In a few months my little garden should be aburst with color – couple of hibiscus, rose bushes, Cape daisies, gladioli, and ornamental grasses and hosta.
Beside the hanging bird feeder I have one on the ground for the two mourning doves that have been hanging around my yard for at least five years. They like to lay their eggs in the palm tree right outside the front door. When we came home after five months in Florida I found a pile of bird poop right outside the back kitchen door. I couldn’t believe it! They had never come on the patio and done that before! After giving it some thought I figured it was either because they were looking for me – is she home? – is she sick? – where is she? Or, it’s because I left a block of peanut butter suet setting on the kitchen table right next to the back door! Of course, I’d like to believe they missed me 🙂
My photo, taken with an iPad mini, doesn’t do this gorgeous sunset justice. I’ve never seen such a perfect blanket of rosy orange-pink before! I have become somewhat lazy about using my Canon camera since purchasing my iPad mini – its so convenient to use! But when I looked outside and saw this beautiful view I knew Orange You Glad It’s Friday would appreciate it.
Sure to brighten your day, a sunflower montage I did a few years ago when I had a garden of sunflowers of all different sizes and colors. I’m sharing this with Floral Friday.