Thursday, June 28, 2007

Before the Rain

Time to share the garden. The rain has started to fall softly but I think I can get off a few pictures for you.

I tried to get my assistant to accompany me but he was busy, lazy and not in the mood. He says his job is just to look regal; and so it is.

Peace Rose flanked by a yellow Cape Fuchsia. Right outside the studio door.

The peaches are ripening along with the figs, grapes, apples and plums. The rhubarb is huge now and screaming "PIE". I wish I were one of those bloggers who baked and photographed. I love that. But I am not that kind of girl.

Buff Beauty. An old musk rose. Shameless, wanton in her seductive beauty.

Sugar peas twining around the Echinacea. Is this love or is it mutual support? I see metaphors.

Tall blue Salvia. The hummingbirds love it. Blue. I love a blue flower. The blue hydrangeas are at it too.

Little Fairy Rose; the last of the roses in my collection to bloom. Given to me by a woman I will never forget. She got it from her mother whom I knew back in the days when we both did Saturday Market. And so it goes. Old, beloved friends, haunting my garden.

An artichoke that we will cut and steam and dip in an excellent olive oil.

Dainty Bess. Given to me for one Mother's Day by my daughter Stephanie. This rose is fragrant with scarlet stamens. The petals dance above the stems like butterflies. It grows tall and I can see it out my studio window when I work. Thank you, dear Steffi.

The favas have grown quite tall. We have been eating them for several weeks now. My favorite bean. With olive oil. Mmmmm, doggie.

The enormous Matalija (?) Poppy. Just think of a big fried egg and you'll have it. We have a stand of these over 20 feet long and 10 feet deep. They are running riot.

A tender lettuce. Straw mulch. Oregon's nurturing climate and rich soil. A wedding bouquet for a little wild bunny.

The Moss Rose that Craig Windom left sitting on his curb with a sign attached that read, "somebody please take me home and love me". Craig, it has bloomed all month and is still putting on new buds. The stems and buds are resinous and fragrant. The flower has that overpowering old-rose smell. One of my favorites.

The dainty little strawberries that are intense on flavor and grow wild all over the beds. Everbearing.

Poppies and Delphiniums. Several years ago my friend Kay brought me the little Delphinium starts and they have returned every year since then. The Poppies came from Bev and John who have a nearby CSA farm.

The pink rose that Sky brought in a bouquet. I grew out 4 bushes from that cutting and they are all grown large now. Gratitude for the beauty and the sharing.

The raspberries were here when we moved here. And Boysenberries too although we took those out for being unruly and trying to take the place over.

A yucca for basket weaving and to remind me of Arizona, my childhood home. Who would expect that yucca would thrive in this wet climate?

This is the only sun we have in the garden today. Thank you for browsing around with me and allowing me to share. When my daughters come by they kind of roll their eyes and look for the exit when I try to drag them outside (they like to visit in the house instead) ... so it's nice that you have come to visit.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Look Who Isn't Painting

Me. Not working. e-mailing friends, talking on the phone, eating strawberries and ice cream, sitting in the sunshine. Resting after a long stretch of work. Ahhhhhh ................... This is how I get ready for the 4th.