Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Columbine is an early Summer flowering plant. One of the easiest parennials to grow with delightful, interesting flower shape. Columbine have 5 spurs that contain nectar. There are many plants that have nectar in the spur. However, while familiar plants like impatiens, violets, and larkspurs are limited to just one spur per flower, columbines are set apart by having five of them.
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It is our family's tradition, every Memorial day, to plant flowers at my Granma's and Grandpa's grave. We gather up the leaves and debris, break up the ground, pull up old dead plants and plant the new ones, watering liberally to give them a good start.
My baby -that was not to be- rests here too.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thank you Dad, Grandpa and Grandma for your brave service to our country in time of war. Thank you for coming back home.
In Honored Glory
An American Soldier
My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted.
In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter.
And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements,
I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.
It is he who commands the respect I protect.
His bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It's a color challenge!
In my kitchen: a butter yellow tea pot, a gold napkin I made for a birthday party several years ago. An over ripe pear - now it's just a treat for one of the dogs. The ceramic pot with happy little bugs was given with a plant when Bronwen was born. The gold mug and blue and yellow linen came from my trip to sweden.
In the girls' room: Special blankets. The bottom two handmade from Grandma Becky; the third lovingly made by a cousin for my Granma Harriet's sick room many many years ago. And the blanket on top is the one my sister made for Bronwen. The ceramic duck is Bronwen's vintage-like bank given by my brother's family when she was born.
In Noah's room, some of his favorite toys are yellow. His absolute favorite, Tonka truck, a transformer named Bumblebee, his star bank, a duck from his first birthday party and a few odds and ends.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth. 3 John 4
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Aside from Roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs. Well maybe Hyacinths. Of the three, Lilacs have a stronger scent that carries quite a distance. Unfortunately, Lilacs bloom for only a very brief couple weeks in the spring.
You do not need to provide frequent fertilizer or organic feeding for your lilacs. Use a general purpose fertilizer in early spring or one high in Phosphorous to promote blooming. Too much nitrogen in the soil will result in poor blooms. Repeat the use of a general purpose fertilizer after the flowers have died off.
Tip: Spread your fireplace ash around the drip line of your bush for bigger and better blooms.
Pruning should be done immediately after the flowers have died off. Cut small suckers and shoots at or near ground level, or where it comes out of the main trunk. Leave a few strong and healthy new stalks each year, especially if you are planning to trim back old wood.
Trim back any branch that sticks out from the main bush, and is not appealing to you.
A lilac shoot takes about three years before it produces a flower.
Royal Botanical Gardens Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada Home of the world's largest collection of varieties of French hybrid lilacs.
City of Lilacs Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Lombard Lilac Festival in Lombard, Illinois. 200 varieties of Lilacs are on display at their two week festival in mid-May
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Her idea was influenced by Ann Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who, starting in 1858, had attempted to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors.
When Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, named Anna Jarvis, started the crusade to found a memorial day for women. In 1907, she passed out 500 white carnations at her mother’s church, St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia—one for each mother in the congregation. The first Mother's Day service was celebrated on 10 May 1908, in the same church, where the elder Ann Jarvis had taught Sunday School. Anna chose Sunday to be Mother's Day because she intended the day to be commemorated and treated as a Holy Day. Even though the day has become severely commercialized, it is a beautiful opportunity to let our mothers know how much, how deeply they are appreciated.
My children bought me a big, beautiful planter for the front porch. They know me so well. And I have a few more pieces of original art for the gallery.