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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Great Expectations




Oh, if only you could smell them!! There are not words to express how beautiful, how glorious they are and how extremely happy they make me.  Garden bliss.  Pink peony heaven!  And it is all the better because this is the first year I have had any success with them.





Life is good. These days I paint with flowers and vegetables and my needle is a spade and fork.  The garden is burgeoning. Great expectations indeed! Blueberry pies and pear preserves dance in my head like sugarplums.  A hot buttered biscuit topped with homemade pear preserves is one of the true joys of life!  We are already harvesting lettuce every day, and I'm wishing I had planted more.  Every meal except breakfast is planned around lettuce! And no one is complaining! It's so crisp and yet tender and sweet.......forgive me. I swoon.  I love my garden.  It is more than just a garden.  It is art.  It is refuge.  It is therapy.  It is worship - a spiritual connection with my Creator.  A cooperative work with the ultimate and original Artist.  He who made all things is making a garden with me. An awesome and humbling thought.

Thank you for your very kind and generous comments on my previous post.  I so loved Elizabeth and Her German Garden, I wonder if you know of any similar books you could recommend? I'm looking for some good summer reading.

Wishing you sunshine and flowers!
Starr

15 comments:

Barbara said...

Swoon away, Starr! We are enriched by your enthusiasm. You are an inspiration. Stunningly beautiful, the pics as well as your words. xo

Wynette Vass said...

Oh you lucky, lucky girl! The Wasatch Mountains have been pummeled with rain and snow since the 1st of May!. My courtyard garden is not turning out like I wished, but I have planted a few herbs and flowers. Hopefully, your wish of sun and flowers will come true for me. Beautiful pictures and the pear preserves sounds golden!!

Jeri Landers said...

I swoon with you my dear, Peonies are pure Heaven! Ours are in bloom and they are so amazingly lush. Even as the petals fall into the garden in a pile, we can smell the scent and the greenery lives on to bloom another day. You have expressed yourself beautifully here. "Elizabeth and her German Garden" is simply the best garden book,I have found no other to compare. When I read her, I am agreeing ,"Yes! Yes!, that is exactly how I feel about my garden!" I recently learned that Emily Dickinson was a dedicated gardener and wrote many poems about her garden life.I have ordered a book of hers, and will let you know.

Raewyn said...

Beautiful photos and lovely post Starr. Hope the sunshine and flowers continue to shine your way :-)

Jules Woolford said...

Scrumptious - as are your words. I thought of you yesterday, the renowned Chelsea Flower Show is taking place in London this week and yesterday featured Kelways Plant Nursery, not too far from us, who've been peony specialists since 1851. I've been lucky enough to go there! Have a look at the eye candy :) Wishing you joyful gardening! http://www.kelways.co.uk/

magnoliasntea said...

Oh, your peonies are really glorious! They are such gratifying flowers. I have a start of some mystery ones as in the color is unknown as they were dug up behind a vacant house. Love free plants.
Your pear preserves sound delicious. Our tree is not doing well since we cut down its buddy that didn't produce much a few years ago. *sigh* Live and learn. I'm missing making fried pear pies.
Hope your week is a great one!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely pictures. I was going to tell a story, but I think I'll blog it instead!!

There is no better time than meditating in the garden.

barbara judge said...

Amazon has a ton of great books by women gardeners. I just search in "gardening books women gardeners," and lo and behold all these wonderful books come up. Fun to read the reviews. Then I turn to my local library to see if I can find those I especially feel are good. If not I then start hunting for them through used books stores. Your photos are great. Do you dry your flowers for potpourri? -- barbara

Tante Mali said...

What a wonderful post! Your pictures are fantastic and - no kidding - I can smell her, she's here. Your words are comfort food! Love it! Thank you so much for your sweet comment - oh yes - old ladies having tea :) - as for myself I take coffe even I'm old :)!
Have a wonderful time and all my best
Elisabeth

Penny said...

What lovelies!! Walking outside any door of the house during this lovely spring days I am first greeted by the scent of growing things. It gives me a renewal each day. I'm so glad that you are gaining so much beauty each day and growing food for you and your family. Could life be any better? I doubt it!

My Garden Diaries said...

OH!!! Great expectations indeed!!!! Look at that gorgeous peony!!! And your walk about is like a dream! And lettuce!! It is the good stuff for sure! Wishing you an amazing weekend friend! Nicole xo

Tammie Lee said...

your photos are so lovely and inviting. peonies seem to have a billion petals and your image offers a visual scent.

thank you for your lovely comment on Frida. Sweet Saturday and beyond to you and your garden.

Linda said...

Stunning photos; lovely post. :)

DeniseinVA said...

I discovered your blog just by chance, trying to do a research on a flower I couldn't identify. Imagine my delight when I surfed on in. It has been a very enjoyable visit. Your photography is so beautiful!

handmade by amalia said...

What a beautiful post. Feeling a little garden envy here.
Amalia
xo