Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Under the spell of a torpid heat wave it's hard to keep the focus sharp.  But the garden is loving these tropical temperatures...

The day lilies are obviously happy amidst the raspberry suckers and grasses
that we're too heat-weary to pull.

Hummingbirds love this flower.
Bee balm or bergamot, that my knowledgeable Wally calls monarda didyma,
was used by the Oswego tribes of northeast upper state New York for a tisane,
the not-so-secret ingredient that the British came to add to their black tea,
 inventing the wonderful Earl Grey tea.

I know,  I know,  you can find all this stuff in any seed catalogue,  but it fascinates me that,
 after the most bitter winter temperatures,  this all comes back often stronger than before!
Angelica Arch Angelica is the king of the garden.  I should have caught its magnificent green flowers covered in black butterflies a month ago,  but even now these giant seed heads
on rosy hollow stalks amaze me.   These babies can grow up to 8 feet high!


These lovely "weeds" grow all over the lawn like summer snow.
Why should we cut the grass anyway??

Don't these fuschias look like little fairies with their rosy heads and wings and their magenta dresses?
They have way too many feet, but then, what do we really know about them?

The cilantro has gone to seed, as has my cooking.  Who can cook in this weather?
 I love these little florets that I'm supposed to pluck if I want my cilantro to keep producing for me.

There are other little flowers that bloom...in the garden of my heart...

like this 4 month old...

who is honest and perfect in every way...

though she has no idea; 

what a centrepoint of immaculate energyshe is.

This is a little watercolour done in drybrush technique
that I will put in my etsy shop in the next day or two.

I send my heart's wish for your comfort and joy.


mamabeaks said...

I love all the flowers........ I really love the lilies, I remember them growing all ove the place, even in the woods when I was a child. I called them tiger lilies back then.......... the little one is adorable! (hey I can post again, I took your advice and I keep the "keep me signed in" box empty. It took a few days, but everything is back to normal now. Thank you!!!!!!!)

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

I'm so pleased that I could help with a technical problem of all things- who knew?

I too called orange lilies with spots "tiger lilies" though you'd think they'd be called leopard lilies. Ours are unspotted so we just call them day lilies.

I met the little one for the first time this weekend and fell immediately in love.

mamabeaks said...

Ah yes, I had to look closer, no spots! well, I love all lilies, I have a green thunb with them and that is good. I am not too good with other plants!

mamabeaks said...

yes, I just got your message on my blog. After I unchecked that box, it also took several attempts, Actually several days for everything to fall back into place. I have some other blogger friends with the same problem. I am hoping that it was a blogger issue, I don't think it was my computer, or at least I hope not......... anyway all is good now!

sculpturemoulds said...

Lorraine, your pictures are great especially the baby. Very Funny!

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

Linda, so pleased you're back in the saddle again. I don't know what I would do without my Wally for support. Well, I do know- I'd wallow in struggle til ???

Thanks, Art, for stopping by. We have to giggle at that one shot of the baby everytime!

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Lorraine...our garden is also loaded with bee balm, which I love, but I am astounded to know that this is also bergamot....the famous bergamot of Earl Grey....one of my favorites! Thanks for the insight....and these other inspirational photos!! Cheers! P.

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

Yes, Patti, isn't it fascinating that there are so many edibles out there. Wouldn't it be wonderful to make a meal from the garden and woods and fields!

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