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.
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!
These beautiful flowers are quite easy to make. Unfortunately, when I took these pictures the lady who cut and sewed the strips wasn’t present and I didn’t have any samples of strip material to show you, so I’m not positive of exact dimensions of strip, so I will use approximate measurements.
Cut 2″ strips of fabric about 12-inches long (for bigger flowers cut deeper and longer strips – experiment!) Fold in half right-side-out and stitch raw edges together using either a straight stitch or a serger. After stitching, use scissors to clip fabric about every 1/4″. So now you have a strip of fabric with little cuts from one end to the other. Clip the fabric as close to the stitching as possible without cutting through it.
For the stems we used kabab sticks and covered them with green floral tape. Some of the floral tape didn’t have much “stickiness” to it so we had to glue the beginning and the end of the tape with a hot glue gun. Just put a dab of glue on the starting end, start winding at the top of the stick (flat end) and continue winding the tape around the stick, stretching slightly as you wind down to the end. Then put another dab of glue on end of tape and press firmly.
When glue is dry on taped stick, take one end of fabric, put a dab of glue on it, place on blunt end of stick and start winding around and around. As you go, place a dab or strip of glue on fabric. Some of us used hot glue and some used Elmer’s glue – that’s what I used and it worked fine. You should be able to feel and see the top of the stick as you wind around it. Put a dab of glue at the end of fabric strip and you are done! Flower will look a little tight so fluff out the strips (petals) to your liking.
Rolling hills of green Vast expanses of blue sky Where is my putter?
This is the golf course at the Laughlin Ranch in Bullhead City, Arizona. Laughlin Ranch has a golf course, spa, restaurant and banquet rooms. When we were in business we held our annual Southwest Artisans Cooperative Art Marketplace here. Beautiful surroundings! I’d like to share this with Sally on Blue Monday and Our World Tuesday.
Petals of bright red Anthers awaiting for touch Bees will do the rest
I guess you could say I like flowers, since my posts seem to have a lot of pictures of flowers! And it’s funny, as much as I love flowers when it comes to painting them they are one of the hardest things for me to paint – or draw. Someone told me they learned how to paint flowers when they were taking a tole painting course. Once they learned the basics of painting a flower through the tole method they were able to branch out into other styles. If you would like to see more macro photos of flowers and many other subjects visit Lisa’s Chaos at Macro Monday and mosaics at Mosaic Monday.
Thanks everyone for your responses to my query re art programs that really work and aren’t too hard to master. Carlarey mentioned ArtRage Studio, so I’m giving it a try – and here is the first one I came up with. It is a combination of ArtRage and Picasa. I’m sharing this with Blue Chair Diary Illustrations Sunday Sketches.