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October Splendor in the Garden, at the Coast

October 1, 2017

I went out to the garden to cut flowers for a bouquet.  Before stepping outside, I wondered which flowers, if any were to be found, would work for my bouquet because it is so late in the flowering season and most flowers have already done their blooming. It is already the first day of October and the leaves are starting to turn red so you can imagine my delight at finding many blooms for my bouquet!

How can flowers make me so happy?  Flowers and sunshine!  Below are the flowers I cut and you can see the bouquet I created from the autumn blooms.

The hydrangea below is a very special type called Ayesha Hydrangea.  One of my favorite aspects of this hydrangea is the cupped petals.  Each petal looks like a little spoon.  When it rains, each petal holds a drop of water.  The flowers are heavy and precious!  Sadly, I’ve heard another name for this species of hydrangea is called “mop-head”.  I hesitated to include that bit of information.  I don’t like the name.  It takes away from the beauty of this remarkable flower. Everyone who sees my Ayesha instantly falls in love with “her” and wants a cutting or a start of this bush.  I need to buy some rooting hormone and get some promised starts started!

Long ago, I taught a little girl by the name of Sophie.  She was very young and yet her parents insisted she learn Italian from me.  We are talking some 20 years ago.  I believe Sophie was four years old at the time. So I taught Sophie Italian using the TPR technique.  Total Physical Response technique is a method used to teach children language, using physical responses and physical exercise as a means to engage in interactive learning.  It worked well with Sophie! In return, in lieu of payment in cash, her father, a landscape architect, paid me in bushes, rare flowers, and trees!  Talk about a cool barter system!  This rare Ayesha hydrangea is one of the plants I earned in the teaching/plant barter.  After 20 years, Ayesha is still thriving and as beautiful as ever.

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Here are a few other hydrangeas in bloom today, October 1st.

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Other flowers to make it into my vase were fuschias and the fronds of Lucifer Crocosmia.  You can correctly suppose the flowers of Lucifer are a hellish (or heavenly) RED.  I didn’t have the heart to cut the last of the crocosmia flowers, especially the rare yellow ones that seem to bloom only every other year (also part of the teaching/plant barter deal).

Below are the last of Lavatera (Mallow) flowers. They also made it into the vase.

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The rhododendrons have already set their gigantic buds for next year’s spectacular flowering performance!  I am a garden nut for good reason.  Flowers are my garden’s song.  Flowers are life unfolding!

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And the bouquet!  So pretty.  I was surprised to see how well the white single petaled anemones did this year.  They made it into the bouquet, too.

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Sunshine, don’t be fooled!

Big fat billowing clouds give no hint of the sudden squall that will soak me, within seconds, to the bone.

Upon arrival to the beach, a blue kite dances in the sky, a girl with yellow boots frolics in the sand, chasing waves.

Sweet youth mock me not!  Like a child, I search for moonstones and agates and fill my pockets with gems.

The grass seed-heads on the dunes are illuminated by the early October sun.

Today’s clouds, a painting waiting to be painted.

This is your lucky day! This is my lucky day!  Ours to celebrate!

Happy October!

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Lolo and Her Sisters

March 11, 2013
Little Renaissance.  Tis the season to start working on the house and in the garden!

Little Renaissance.

This past weekend, four sisters (Lolo, Marcia, Sara, and Jane) booked a private yoga retreat with us at our sanctuary and home, Little Renaissance, in Ocean Shores.  Unfortunately, Jane could not make it after all, but Rick and I were able to delight in the company of 3 of the 4 sisters all weekend.

We were blessed with unusual fine March weather and went on our beach walk to see the snowy owls.  We saw three of the eight owls who have come to winter over in Ocean Shores.  And to make the weekend a complete success, there were the sisters.  Lolo, Marcia, and Sara graced our house with their sweet laughter and filled our home with their joyful and playful spirits.  Rick and I felt as if we were with our own sisters all weekend.

On our beach walk

On our beach walk

Here are some more photos from our beautiful hatha yoga retreat:

Protection Point, Ocean Shores, Washington

Protection Point, Ocean Shores, Washington (beautiful March day)

Little Renaissance filled with light!

Little Renaissance filled with light!

Strong!!

Strong!!

One of four Hatha Yoga sessions: Flexible

Flexible

Strong and Flexible

Strong and Flexible

Breakfast at Little Renaissance

Breakfast at Little Renaissance

Lolo and Rick on the Jetty and the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean

Lolo and Rick on the Jetty with the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean

Lolo doing triangle pose on the Jetty

Lolo doing triangle pose on the Jetty

Jetty

Jetty

Sisters on the Jetty

Sisters on the Jetty

Boots

Boots

Fran and Rick

Fran and Rick

Warriors

Warriors

walking out to see the owls

walking out to see the snowy owls

Beach Grass and Sea

Beach Grass and Sea

Look Closely:  Snowy Owl in Tree

Look Closely: Snowy Owl in Tree

My Father-in-Law's Photo of a Snowy Owl at Ocean Shores, WA (taken three weeks ago)

My Father-in-Law’s (Bob Boxberger’s) Gorgeous Photo of a Snowy Owl at Ocean Shores, WA (taken three weeks ago).


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