Saturday, August 21, 2010

quote paradise

" What was Paradise?
But a Garden,
An orchard of trees,
and Herbs
Full of pleasure, and
Nothing there but Delights."
- William Lawson

Friday, August 20, 2010

quote dragonflies

And forth on floating gauze, no jewelled queen,
So rich the green-eyed dragonflies would break
And hover on the flowers - aerial things;
With little rainbows flickering on their wings
- Jean Ingelow

Thursday, August 19, 2010

quote August

"A spell lies on the garden. Summer sits
With finger on her lips as if she heard
The steps of Autumn echo on the hill.
A hush lies on the Garden. Summer dreams
Of timid crocus thrust through drifted snow."
- Gertrude H. McGiffert, from The Garden In August

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First flower for my Baikal Scullcap

As long as I posted this on Facebook, I thought, why not post it here on the old, long-neglected blog? Sorry I've been away so long - life has taken me on another turn of the path, and I have needed to recollect some parts of myself, so to speak.
I know, I speak in metaphors only I understand. Wish it was easier :\

Well, on to the plant story... I was cutting back my germander this morning and suddenly thought to check out how the single scullcap seedling I planted this spring was doing. There she was, blooming under the angelica!

Pretty flower, eh? It's just bloomed :)
The root is what is used in Chinese medicine ... but, but this baby is too pretty to dig up!

Only this variety is the one FBF herbalists don't (apparently from the conversation) enthuse about, Scutellaria baicalensis. Coincidentally while looking up any reference to it I read in Tierra's The Herbs of Life that germander is a common adulterant in commercially sold scullcap.
I do love coincidences.

glass totems

I've been gluing scavenged glass from yard sales, gifts, and the resale shops into yard art! Check 'em out:

Monday, August 16, 2010

quote flowers

"For myself, I like having flowers to smell when I walk in the garden, flowers to cut for the house, flowers to share with friends. Having these in abundance proves the methods of my madness to be working well, and well worthwhile."
- Susan Urshel

Sunday, August 15, 2010

quote cottage garden

"Some people call this a cottage garden, but it's just a good messy garden. There's no plan. It's not like a painting - I just stick the plants in. I like large quantities of blooms all jumbled together."
- Tasha Tudor

Friday, August 06, 2010


"Come, let us stray our gladsome way
And view the charms of Nature,
The rustling corn; the fruited thorn,
And every happy creature."
- Robert Burns

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

quote August

"The eighth was August, being rich arrayed
The garment all of gold, down to the ground;
Yet rode he not, but led a lovely maid
Forth by the lily hand, which was crowned
With ears of corn."
- Edmund Spenser

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

quote August

"Fairest of months! ripe Summer's Queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
Sweet August doth appear."
- R. Combe Miller

Monday, August 02, 2010

quote Summer

Now summer's in flower, and nature's hum
is never silent 'round her bounteous bloom,
Insects as small as dust, have never done
With glitt'ring dance, and reeling in the sun.
- John Clare

Sunday, August 01, 2010


"Someone once said of a beautiful public garden, "It just shows what God could do if he had the money." But even the grubbiest garden, abounding with weeds, shows what we can do without money just because God is so good."
- Monica Moran Brandies