Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Day of May....

 Last day of May and everything is new and fresh and beautiful.............

 WORLD FOREVER NEW by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
 Consider that the perpetual admonition of Nature to us is, the WORLD is  new, untried.

 Do not believe in the past. I give you the universe NEW and UNHANDLED every hour.
 You think in your idle hours that there is LITERATURE, history, science behind you....

 SO accumulated as to exhaust  thought and prescribe your own future and THE FUTURE.
 In your SANE  hour you shall see that not a line has yet been written;

 that for all the poetry that is in the world....
 your first sensation on entering a wood....
 or standing  the shore of a lake 
 has NOT been chanted yet...

 It remains for you........

 so does all thought...........
 all object, ALL LIFE remain unwritten still.
 Photographs 2017   Emerson piece from "1000 Beautiful Things" (1948, Peoples Book Club) (My favourite book of poetry and prose....)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bees Knees....

 “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” 
― Maurice MaeterlinckThe Life of the Bee

 “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.” 

― Emily DickinsonThe Complete Poems


 “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” 
― Henry David Thoreau


 The bee is domesticated but not tamed.” ― William Longgood

 A big bee, a golden furry fellow, crept into a freesia, and the delicate flower leaned over, swung, shook; and when the bee flew away it fluttered still as though it were laughing. Happy, careless flower!” 
― Katherine Mansfield

 “If bees die, people will die. Only ignorance never dies! ("Why step out of nature ?")” 
― Erik Pevernagie

 “If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldn’t be able to make even a single drop of honey.” 
― Matshona Dhliwayo

 “bees are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.” 
― Carol Ann DuffyThe Bees

 “The only sounds here were lazy, ponderous, gentle sounds. A bee hung low in the warm afternoon haze, and he watched it unafraid, listened to the dull electric razor sound of its wings cutting the air. Birds sang sweet and unseen, and a hundred eyes watched him from the dark.” 
― Michael MontoureSlices

 “Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” 
                                                                           ― John Muir
 Photographs 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

How the Garden Grows.....



"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
                                        ~Mahatma Gandhi
 Veggies: from left to right: Beets ( can't see them much , little red leaves  squeaking up thru  dirt), lettuce, radishes.More lettuce. A huge row of sunflowers, broccoli ( you can see them waving  feathery hats), row of knee hi sweet peas, Campanula down-right ( big ole clump that will bloom all summer), Centaurea close to fence, cabbages ( just out of range). VERBASCUM, down-left, poking its leaves thru the fence. Oh, and carrots ( really slow to get going, on other side of sunflowers) . And not just any carrots, heritage ones, purples, blues, oranges........
The garden grows. The bees buzz. 
 The sky swirls.
 And the cats roam. Spencer still likes his yellow cup.

 And the slugs....well...they slug it out.  Nothing but a can of beer won't cure.A can of beer for the slugs, that is......
 This year I'm trying real slug bait beer traps, not homemade versions.  These ones sink into the dirt. I'm also trying real beer, rather than non-alcoholic. I have yet to check the beer hot tub to see how it is working.

 I may find worms in the trap. Or beetles. They like beer too. Apparently.
 Grapes are graping. ( Not sure if that is a term, but then, explains it better).Smokey avails himself of the arbour. Daily. He has that bird's eye view....
 Sunflowers are like little umbrellas these days.
 The cat plant thrives. He still likes the pot. He doesn't seem to need re-potting....

 Sunflowers beg to be replanted. I just haul them up  out of the masses and put them somewhere else.  Douse them with a goodly dose of water to get them to reset their roots. And try to get their stems to stay upright. Like little toy soldiers on parade.
 "It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season." ~Kate Morton ( 1976-)The Forgotten Garden"
 Centaurea is much slower this year . But up it comes. The new seed I planted is even slower than the surviving counterparts.  I'm thinking I will reseed  in about two weeks to keep a continuous supply blooming if I can. 

 CranesbillMany people do not realize that this perennial geranium  has potential healing powers in is roots; called a a powerful ingredient called tannin, an anti-inflammatory.
 Cranesbill will turn the yard into  a woodland paradise. The bees are drawn to it. And anything we can do to attract bees......This year, I've noticed  bees are humming more than ever ,as the cranesbill takes up more and more space. More bees. This is great. Which is fine by me. Good to preserve  a natural perennial. I think I started with ONE  small plant, and it has spread on the wings of bees. I couldn't be happier.

 SWEET PEAS  spreading  little wings. Faster than last year. Everyone's proabably tired of my sweet peas. But it's just not the same without them. This year, I spread them around. I want to see what corners of the garden will work. I have rows and rows of the Knee Hi version,like on the left, and troughs of the Climbers, like the ones on the right.  
 DAHLIAS, ROSES, SUNFLOWERS, Centaurea, all meshed together in the front bed where it is warm, and safe and protected.  I was  worried Dahlias would not grow very well ( that the soil was too soggy, or too sandy, or too something). But up they come.......time will tell......
 "My garden is my favourite teacher. "~Betsy CaƱas Garmon, 
Photographs 2017