Friday, July 22, 2011

Let's Stroll

Isn't inspiration and beauty everywhere? As I take these pictures of the beautiful flowers around my house I always have plans of painting or drawing them. I'm building quite a reference file. Ironically, keeping all these beauties going is time consuming thus taking away from some creative time.... Ah well, I need to have these around me. Literally, my soul needs to have green growing things around me that require my attention, touch and love.

I came by it naturally, maybe even genetically. The nut didn't fall too far from the tree. My mom was a gardener and I have the fondest memories of her digging in the dirt. Even when the dirt came by the way of just being pots on our apartment balcony. She always had gobs of plants inside and out and had the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever known. That woman could put a stick in the ground and it would grow. I miss talking plants with her as I walk my paths that I always walk, looking at my summertime beauties. When I would visit her she would always take my arm and we'd stroll through her garden together even though we had just done the same thing a couple days before. There is always something new and exciting popping up somewhere, you just have to slow down and look. Whenever I'd ask her "where did you get that?" She'd reply "A little bird brought it to me". I'm fairly certain she stole that line from my grandpa, her dad, cause I remember him saying that too. Her nut didn't fall far from his tree either, he was a great gardener and had the most beautiful and bountiful sweet peas. They still remind me of him.

Well I have no idea where I'm getting the energy for this. I did corn all day today then it was trash day, plus I cleaned out the freezers (had to cause there was no room for more corn!). While doing that, I didn't have room to put a pie crust back in without assaulting it, so I made an apple pie! Last night I didn't go to bed until 3:30 and now here it is 2:20 and I'm still awake. Granted, I'm sitting in my most comfy chair and not doing much but letting my mind wander and fingers do the walking. I should be upstairs in my art studio creating something in my journals for the Sitsterhood and PPF but that would require the stairs and I'm far too lazy for that. In fact, I think I'll go to sleep now.

Oh, but first take my arm and stroll around my gardens with me.... won't you?
be still my beating heart ~ a glorious Zinnia
The boys follow me as I give you the tour for this year but I think we're getting the cold shoulder at the moment
Sunflowers make me happy
my greenhouse
inside plant getting a summer vacation outside
huba huba ~ doesn't this Mandevilla look like the sexpot of the flower world?
I love to have color all around even if there aren't many flowers and these coleus are tried and true
Ditch lilies ~ love 'em
see my little toad house in the background? Vacancy...
sweet little guy ~ look at his little antennas, precious!
Coral Bells
never mind the Johnson grass...
look at me! the bouganvilla screams

Alright tour's over... good night!
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  1. What a wonderful walk that was--You---most definitely have inherited your Mom's green thumb!!
    P.S. 3:30am??--I wish I had that energy--that's when I usually wake up and TRY to go back to sleep again

  2. Your flower photos are awesome. You have a wonderful reference file to be able to paint summer all winter! :-)

  3. Love your garden Jaime. We too have tons of plants of all sorts outside. I have to garden, it's in my blood as in my husband's as well. Excellent photos and thanks for the stroll. Had a wonderful time. Now I have to go pick tomatoes, tee hee.

  4. Hi Jaime. How good it is to hear from you again. :) Your garden is so lovely - there is SO much inspiration in nature, isn't there? Thank you for sharing this beauty!

  5. Your killing me Jaime! I feel so inadequate with my pickled beets/eggs and pesto sauce. (AND my one comment to all of your posts) I love the salsa recipe...I never cooked salsa before...but I never 'put any up' either.
    Loving what God has provided is an Art...and one of the best, too! I admire you so much. And you are a wonderful mother!!!

  6. Oh I am so glad I took a extra look through your blog, because somehow I didn't see this when you first posted it! You know how I feel about gardens- and yours is gorgeous! I love your tropicals (do they over winter there or do you have to bring them inside?) and your toad house is awesome....we have those Ditch Lilies everywhere in Georgia too.....I'm a FOOL for cone flowers and coral bells- two of my favorites! Your green house looks amazing (I'm jealous there :)) and did I spy some pretty black and white curtains in the window? And i love how Thunder and Lightning are still so close....thanks for this wonderful stroll- the only thing that would have been better would have been to get to see it in real life! Ah well, maybe someday....


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