I own a solace shut within my heart.
A garden full of many a quaint delight
And warm with drowsy, poppied sunshine, bright,
Flaming with lilies out of whose cups dart
With powdered wings.
Here terrace sinks to terrace, arbors close
The ends of dreaming paths; a wanton wind
Jostles the half-ripe pears, and then, unkind
Tumbles a-slumber in a pillar rose,
By night my garden is o'erhung with gems
Fixed in an onyx setting. Fireflies
flicker their lanterns in my dazzled eyes.
In serried rows I guess the straight, stiff stems
Against the rocks.
So far and still it is that, listening,
I hear the flowers talking in the dawn;
And where a sunken basin cuts the lawn,
Cinctured with iris, pale and glistening,
The sudden swish
Of a waking fish.
TODAY'S SEEDS OF WISDOM
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY~SISTER'S GARDENS
- GARDEN UPDATE
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GAMES
Thought I would share the bounty of my sister's gardens! Yesterday we all got together for Easter and a birthday. These beautiful bouquets were my hostess gift!
|Beautiful Cabbage Roses with Pink Scented Geraniums from Virginia's Garden|
|Betty's Famous Sweet Peas|
We tasted our quark and deemed it delicious! Can't wait to make another batch. Also, a shout over the fence to Aunt Ruth for that killer Easter egg recipe we posted yesterday. We made chocolate-covered Easter eggs with lemon and tangerine zest filling...major yum!
Since most of us won't be able to attend (but boy, would we love to!) I thought I would share what is going on in the Netherlands right now. It is the Floriade. It is being held in Venlo, a small city on the Netherlands eastern border with Germany.
There are children's activities, places to shop, bulb packages that match the displays so you can replicate them at home (delicious!) and contests. One of the innovation restaurants serves food featuring produce grown on the premises, including strawberries in at least a dozen varieties. White asparagus, a regional specialty, is grown in a crypt-like structure with this creed above the door:
"Here lies buried the white queen, yet she should not at all be mourned for such is her life's desire and end."
But of course the biggest hit is the flowers. You are not going to believe it when I tell you what they are offering! In all, 1.8 MILLION bulbs have been planted across the exposition's 108 acre grounds. That's as well as the complementing 190,000 perennial flowering plants, 18,000 shrubs, 15,000 hedge plants and 3,000 trees.
Don't worry about missing the plants or flowers in bloom. When one field of bulbs has begun to fade, gardening SWAT teams will toil through the night to uproot and replace them. In addition, whole gardens of perennials have been planted in such a way that new blooms will unfold in different patterns and rippling colors as spring makes way for summer and fall. There is a gondola ride so you can view the breathtaking vista from the air in its entirety.
Floriade runs through October 7 and is counting on upward of 2 million visitors from the Netherlands and Germany alone, plus gardening aficionados, flower fans and businesspeople in smaller numbers from every corner of the world. <sigh> Don'tcha wish you could go and see it all?