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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Wax and A Garden Visit


I'm even dreaming of wax now; closing in on the last of the videos. 


The gardenia has given me three glorious blooms at once.


It's almost too much beauty to bear. And the scent. Takes me back to the prom in my 16th year when I saw and smelled my first gardenia. I have loved them ever since.


Oregon is lavish in her gifts this time of year.


All the good things we love to eat.


Colors to bring us cheer.


Divine scents, loamy earth, tomato vines, buzzing bees.


The garage smells like ...


garlic! Drying in the racks John brings out once a year.


Lots of tomato, cucumber and onion salads with rice vinegar.


Sunflowers for the birds and because they are so beautiful.


Blue salvia to attract hummingbirds.


Someone asked about the corn. It is up and away.


Fairy roses. These grow under a blue spruce.


Daisies.


And those beans have grown all the way up since you saw them last.


The days are long, filled with sunshine and work. 


John spends his days on his knees tending and tilling and watering.


I hope you get to eat a fried zuchinni flower in your lifetime. It's decadent.


And until we planted a persimmon tree I didn't know that they looked like this in the green stage. Aren't they flower like?


This is the big fried egg flower. Big as a dinner plate.


I just heard John pull into the garage with the groceries so I'm going to go now and see what treats he brought home. Thank you for the visit. It's very good to have a friend stop by. xo

29 comments:

D,Scribner said...

Absolutely breathtaking ! You live in your own little Paradise !

Diana said...

Oh my your garden is gorgeous. I can smell the sweet fragrance of the gardenias....
Hugs
Diana

Clare Wassermann said...

What a post. I have never smelled a gardenia but it always reminds me of that heady song "The Foolish Things".
I have nowhere near the produce you do but I have tomatoes, cucumber and basil every lunchtime plus mozzarella. Wish I could grow that!
In the first image I am fascinated - is that stitching under wax? - Clare x

Jacky said...

Judy so much bounty in your garden...what a feast for the eyes. What a wonderful lifestyle you and John have.
Some yummy food for your table this season and those beautiful flowers...will you be sketching some in your journal?

Jacky xox

dorylyn said...

I love it when you share photos of your garden!

Brian Kasstle said...

It is good to have a friend show us the simple pleasures are still around. I miss them.

PaperPumpkin said...

I just love these garden visits! Oh, those garlic drying racks! (sigh)

Bren said...

Well I enjoyed the visit too! Love your art piece, especially intrigued by the texture you achieved on the bottom portion. And the garden, oh the garden. Such lushness, your John is an exceptional gardner. And I've gotten to see things I've never seen before, like the persimmon tree and the fried egg flower! Fried zuchinni flower you say, going to have to try that one...

Kim Mailhot said...

What wonders !!!!
And I am inlove with the wax piece - that fushia color above the bubbling waves...yummmmm!
Enjoy the abundance of these days, Beautiful Judy.
Much Love !

Kathy said...

Oh, I love a walk through your garden. Thank you for sharing! I am off now to Google Fried Egg Flower...

Carol said...

I could smell the gardenias all the way to here in Wisconsin. They were one of my mom's favorites, and today would have been her 90th birthday. Thanks for the memories. And thanks for sharing your little corner of paradise.

Christine Merritt said...

Oh Judy girl - the beauty the sweet words thank you!

Growing up in Louisiana we had a gardenia bush right outside our bedroom. When the afternoon rain came (to give us a reprise from the heat and humidity) it would bring in the smell of gardenias... a wonderful memory....

hugs, C

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, you two and your gardens! amazing. YES! we have zucchini flowers! And i love tiger lilies. Or day lilies. Or Peruvian lilies. EASTER LILIES!

You sweetie, getting those videos ready...

Tanja Z. said...

Oh, such beautiful pictures of the garden! Thank you for letting us visit. Makes me wistful, thinking of my childhood, spent in a garden like this, and dreaming of having one of my own, one day. This must be so much work...!

L said...

what a feast for the eyes and spirit!
Linda E

mansuetude said...

A gardenia should Almost be illegal.
What ecstasy!

Wendee said...

Wow! What a joy to stop by!! Everything looks so full and earthy warm. Thanks for this post.

Lynn said...

You live in garden heaven...and oh to have a husband gardener to do it all. He creates miracles of food and beauty! You are one lucky lady! But you know that! ;-)

Beth said...

So much color, but it's the whites that got to me: that gorgeous gardenia, and your upside-down garlic which made me laugh! Enjoy, enjoy!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Ahhhhhh, Judy and John,

What a glorious and sensual garden visit we just shared.

The garlics drying, the tomatoes, the sunflowers, EVERYTHING so vibrant and life filled.

Loved this.

A pocketful of joys to you two,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Ruth Armitage said...

If only we could preserve the beauty as well as we preserve the bounty! Thank you for the sensual treat. Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Andra Hepler said...

That last picture did me in. Sunflowers are so happy as are you!!
Your friend, Andra

jill nalette said...

oh wow, BEAUTIFUL!!
i wish computers had a scratch and sniff : )

xo + smiles~ jill

katie said...

sigh.........my eyes never tire of feasting on your garden...splendiferous.

Donna Heart said...

Judy I never tire of reading your posts about your garden. I have a wee little patch - 6 beetroot, 6 carrots, 6 fennel, 6 chives and 6 leeks, some broad beans, some tomatoes and one strawberry plant!!! Oh how I would love for more space! My 5yo daughter would defintiely hunt for fairies all day long there for sure :)

Anonymous said...

it's a lovely tribute to mother earth, wonderful pics

BJ Lantz said...

Your garden is delicious! Love all the flowers as well. I wish I could do that, but it is so hot here right now (Florida) that even the palm trees are wilting...

anna maria said...

The garden of Eden must have been in Oregon...

Sandra L. said...

Dear Judy, Thank you for sharing your garden with us. It is so lovely.

I've never seen garlic-drying racks before. Interesting!