Harry introduced me to the exuberant Zinnia. Their bold, enduring colorful flowers bloom all summer until the frost comes. I try to extend the season by covering them with row cover or plastic and sometimes get an extra week or two of color. Hummingbirds and butterflies come to Zinnia blossoms and I feel the love flowing from my heart to fly with them.
Jenna passed these seeds on to me last fall after she watched my Zinnia’s growing last summer. Her job on The Hill is to manage security. She strides across the fields with strength and confidence. Like the Zinnia, Jenna is tough and beautiful. We shared a number of pleasant flower conversations.
The seeds are sorted by blossom color. Seeds with no petals are groups together as mixed colors. One of the sections is for immature, unformed seeds. I’m planning a bold red Zinnia section in the flower garden.
Zinnia are said to represent thoughts of forgotten friends. It makes it somewhat fitting to offer the rest of the seeds at the Friends of The Hill Plant Sale andSwap on May 19th.
Zinnia are happiest when planted by seed directly into the warm soil. They are fussy transplants, but will make it into the garden with some attention and coddling. These little babies are from two plantings. The seeds were saved from my Zinnia and I don’t know if the parents are open pollinated or hybrid. Time will tell.
I choose beauty and color to bring solace in this hard, sometimes hurtful world. Turning toward joy, the seeds call to be planted, to germinate, to burst forth reaching for the light.
It is a glorious morning on the hill, Iris blossoms are here again. The sweet yellow flowers remind me of songs from “Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.” I call them iris songs–If We Only Have Love….I Loved…. all entwined with iris flowers. Isn’t is funny how flowers and songs combine with memory?
The little white flowers in the vase are from the rhurbarb. You can see its prehistoric flowers in the background. Miss Sally made us pie and coffee cake and Brian is making wine from the rhubarb.
If you look on the hill, you will see the newly mown fields. They expect to bring in about 100 bales of hay. Soon, very soon, we will gather in the fields to dance together again. “Yes! To dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.”
Thanks to Cathy Rambling In The Garden for hosting the weekly gathering of flowers In A Vase on Monday. It has been a fun way to mark the changes in the garden.
So much going on everyday in our gardens and on the land. The Memorial Garden has been left to its own devices and is growing strong! The sweet pansies are such an uplift. I find that Flower Power is practice of opening my heart to the beauty that is right in front of me. In times of trouble, I choose beauty whenever possible and let my Self be comforted by the sheer yellowness or lilac essence of the living flowering plant. Harry often advises to ” say it with flowers.” I do concur.
Petunias have their first blooms! I plucked them right off after the photo so they might establish a little bit more. The Sweet William transplant has new growth in it’s new home.
The pansies are bursting with new blooms after being deadheaded severely. The flowering quince has new leaf growth after being moved, but still no flowers. I don’t know if it is past the flowering stage or not.
And the lilac bud I’ve been following has opened. I do so love the smell of lilacs all around. Such a short time. Another Flower Power teaching: Be here now, don’t miss the lilacs!
Beulah’s giant yellow flower is pushing up and growing daily. This is the only clump allowed to stay. I’ve been snipping off anything emerging elsewhere.
Another “what the heck is this?” plant popped up this week. No idea what it might be, or in who’s memory it may be planted. The Flower of an Unknown Loved One.
Another unknown, but there are some ideas floating around about what it might be. Sure is healthy though.
There are little flower spikes coming out. I think of the picture book Miss Rumphus when I see lupines. She left the world more beautiful by planting lupine seed everywhere she could. Great idea!
Thank you Cathy at Words and Herbs for hosting The Tuesday View. It is a great way to see the changes. Lots more to do for sure, mulching, a few more annuals, decorations and cutting a walkway around the border
Pansies are blooming in a wide variety of colors and sizes. I have Majestic Giant, Sorbet and Penny from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. And do you spy the first calendula bloom?
I’ve been inspired by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden blog. She hosts a weekly gathering of “Flowers in a Vase” every Monday.
“I sing you songs of the rainbows and whisper of the joy that is mine.”
I’m spending the 2017 growing season focusing on flowers! The growing season is short where I live in Central Maine and I’m giving some of my seedlings a head start! These are Sorbet Pansies from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
I’ve started this blog because I got tired of the tone on Facebook. But I do want to share the joy I find in the garden. My husband Harry and I spend a lot of time in our garden. It’s a big part of our lives.
This year I’ve got some BIG flower garden plans. In addition to the various flower gardens around our land, I’m creating a 20×30 Court Garden for our Green Love Renaissance. It will be all in containers and set up a few days before the event.
Join me in a joyful journey with pansies, petunias, zinnia, lilacs and hilltop blooms through this growing season. Walk with me through the fields and woodlands as they wake this spring and go back to sleep for the winter. Let us celebrate this season of flower power.