MIDSUMMER

. “Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.”  Roman Payne

MIDSUMMER DAYS

After a month of enjoyable family activities, a gathering, wedding, and many visits, and a short journey to my native country with my older sister, I am getting back into a routine of writing my blog, the inspiration is slow in coming but I don’t worry about that, I took so many photos over the past few weeks that I can fall back on those. Photos about a visit to Lier, Belgium, a walk in the forest with some of my mum’s great grandchildren, the large family gathering, my sister Meave’s and my sister Josefine’s gardens, a visit to the garden of my brother Brian and Mia, all very lush and beautiful, and many more. Meanwhile the solstice has come and gone, and my garden is totally overgrown because of neglect, but the beans and peas are doing very well. The next few weeks it will be hard work getting everything under control and planting out more peas and leeks, all stuff to look forward to. I hope that of all my friends and followers everyone is well and enjoying this summer, I for one am glad to be back to blogging and to reading everyone’s blog entries. Blessings to all.
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I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD

I picked a nice bunch of Daffodils in the garden yesterday, and they opened up during the night in the warm room.  There is a slight scent coming from them, some are doubles, only one is a single Daffodil.  Looking at them here from where I am sitting, and enjoying their beauty, I am thinking of planting some more of them for next spring!  I thought I’d share part of one of my favourite Wordsworth poems;  “I wandered lonely as a cloud”

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
William Wordsworth

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NEW HOUSEPLANTS

Two new exotic plants have been added to my houseplant collection this Christmas, they were gifts. One that I know very well, it is the beautiful red flowering Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) which my daughter and her family gave me, and the other is a beautiful white flowering Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda). I am totally happy with both plants. The Poinsettia plants have given me lots of pleasure over the years. People are wont to give you this plant over the Christmas, it is very popular here in Ireland. Over the years, one of my Poinsettia plants, a very small one when bought, lasted for a long time. It was a most beautiful plant, more so than previous ones that I had had. I decided to give it extra attention and it just grew and grew, beautifully symmetrically. Some months later it actually produced the typical red leaves/flowers. It almost felt like a miracle to me. This plant is still with me today, it has produced many more leaves, the symmetry is gone, it has panned out into a wilder model of itself.
I’m very interested in seeing how the Madagascar Jasmine will do, I’ve read up on what it’s needs are, but I never had one. It’s great to have an experiment. In a house where the heating is off during the night, though, it may not last. I’m really curious. Between new plants, and being curious of what the new year is going to bring, I am all excited and motivated, and full of plans for when the weather improves.

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