Flowers, Bees, Musics

I had been neglecting this geranium and over the years it became a spindly length of stalks with a few leaves. But late this summer I re-potted it.

I had no idea what kind of flowers it would produce.

I’m so happy to find out. It’s quite lovely.

This chrysanthemum, also. I had left it out all winter. In the spring, it seemed like it wouldn’t recover.

But there was one root with a tiny set of leaves. I potted that root and put it in a nice sunny place with lots of water. These fall coloured flowers are my reward.

The pollen is the bee’s reward. Here on a marigold, I suspect the pollen jacket on the bee is actually from that mum.

Another thing of beauty that comes with much care and tending is music. I got to listen to some excellent music last night. This is Lucila Al Mar.

Lucila is in the process of driving and gigging across Canada to Vancouver. Check out her powerful voice when she comes to your town.

And more excellent power came from our local Sarah DeCarlo.

Another excellent songwriter and musician worth watching.

Here’s to the staying power of flowers, bees and excellent musicians. May they all continue to grow as the seasons pass.

Garden Flowers

image of stachys byzantina, lambs earThe garden is doing its thing.

After four years of summer neglect, my garden is rolling along. Lots of weeds and definitely needs some tidying up, but it’s doing pretty well, considering.

The Lambs Ears (above) are happy with their temporary home. Read more “Garden Flowers”

July Garden and Cats

image of Astilboides tabularisI’m taking off on tour next week with Dusk Dances.

So this week I’ve been staying pretty close to home enjoying my garden. Things have been growing well this year. Like this lovely plant, Astilboides tabularis, or what Curtis, who gifted it to me refers to as “Big Leaf Betty.”

image of Astilboides tabularis flowerBig Leaf Betty has some delicately busy flowers coming up just now.

iamge of Phalaris arundinacea flower stalkSo does my Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea).

image of Geranium sanguineum flowerIn fact many of my plants are in flower. Like the Wild Geranium (Geranium sanguineum)…

image of Hydrangea arborescens flower… and the Hydrangea…

image of Gazania rigens flower… and the Gazania, which a friend encouraged me to buy for the garden this year. I’m glad I did.

image of cats on porch and rain barrelThe cats, although not in flower, seem to be having an excellent time lazing about amid the greenery and showyness of July.

image of cat licking another cat's headIt’s put them both in an excellent and friendly mood.

Me too.

And for those of you for whom black and white gardens just aren’t colourful enough, here’s a gallery of the same shots in full, glorious colour: