Thursday, July 30, 2015

Singing The Blues


There's something special about the colour blue.
In my garden it's a fairly rare colour
so when I see it, I can't help but stop and stare.

The flowers in the first photo, a type of forget-me-not,
were given to me by my youngest son
when he was eight-years-old.
Twelve years later they continue to reseed themselves.

Every time I see their cheerful blue petals
I think of my son
and how sweet it was of him to think of me.


This blue cornflower isn't more than one inch in diameter
but its magnetic shade of blue
can catch my eye from across the yard.


My favourite shade of delphinium,
aptly named Sky Blue.


And the best shade of blue?
Nothing beats a blue sky on a hot summer's day.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Magic Is In The Air


Did you know that flowers exhale magic?


That their blooms light the air?


If you don't believe me,
give one a (gentle) shake
and watch the magic tumble out.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Red


The colour you can't forget.


It sparks a fire in your eyes


that travels to your heart


and all of a sudden you want to dance.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wonderful Weeds!


Common Knapweed...
The name hardly does it justice.


Centaurea, it's proper name,
suits it much better.

It sounds like a secret
and hints at a history of magic and mystery.


This weed casts a spell on me
every spring.

Its long ghostly fingers
and shimmering colours


catch my eye
and draw me in
closer
and closer.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Purple Rain


We're quick to curse the rain.
We blame it for ruining
a day, any day,
our day.


But if you're lucky enough
to like flowers and photography


You will thank the rain
for the way it scatters its liquid diamonds
and multiplies the beauty
of everything.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fellowship Of The Ferns


In the quiet of the forest
when no one is watching,
delicate ferns unfurl lacy,
fragile fronds.

With ghostly, green fingers,
they reach out


to connect,
one atop the other.

Alone,
they are a single branch.
Together,
they form a magical,
green labyrinth.

A fellowship of ferns.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Extraterrestrial - Allium Birth


Otherworldly,
they seem to appear,
overnight.

Mysterious,
egg-shaped packages
that rise atop long slender rods.


Their thin skins bulge
until they split
forced open by the blooms
they can no longer
contain.


The birth of an Allium
is an extraterrestrial experience
and a joy to witness.


Their colour varies
at every stage of their growth,
time of day,
and slant of the sun.


Allium twins




Monday, May 25, 2015

Wait One Day


This weed-like, invasive creature
had full run of the garden
when we first moved into our house.

I have tried to contain it to one,
small but generous section of my flower beds...

Each Spring it outruns my fingers and shovel,
skipping along the top of the soil, 
racing ahead of me
to wherever it wants.

~
In just one day
I discover it in a variety of new places

In just one day
it sends out roots for hundreds more


In just one day
it's a lime-green tight-budded rocket



In one more day
it bursts into a flaming yellow geodesic dome













In one more day
it relaxes into a lemon-yellow haze.

And on that day
I have no idea why I ever wanted to pull it out.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love Is In The Air


My usual parade of flower pictures
is being interrupted today
for a grand display
of love
~ tra-la-la ~


It took weeks (or maybe minutes) of courting
before she allowed him
to get this close
to her


In no time at all
I will be photographing
their adorable, misbehaving
flying toddlers.

I can't wait!


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