Archive for August, 2009

After all this time . . . the Reward!

August 30, 2009

On May 25, 2009, I wrote about a new clematis that I had acquired that sprouted beautiful little balls of string.  Today it bloomed for the first time!

First bloom for this clematis that was acquired last May.  It was definitely worth the wait!

First bloom for this clematis that was acquired last May. It was definitely worth the wait!

In my original post, I promised an update regarding the requirements of this plant’s roots:  they need to remain cool even though the plant needs direct sun.  I planted them in a bed that measures 17″ x 17″ x 20″ in height that I constantly refill with leaves.  I guess the leaves provide enough insulation.  I did put some additional garden soil in the center for the clematis.  The roots may have taken longer to get established, but it appears that this is a successful location!

Clematis seems to be happy in this 17" x 17" x 20"h bed.

Clematis seems to be happy in this 17" x 17" x 20"h bed.

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Hummingbirds, Dragonflies, Butterflies and Bumblebees!

August 30, 2009

Flying bits of beauty inhabit the Labyrinth Garden.  I have tried to capture photos, but have been mostly unsuccessful.  In their book “Medicine Cards”, Jamie Sams and David Carson describe the meaning that Native Americans attributed to some of these creatures.  Dragonflies represent Illusion, and  remind us to question beliefs that restrict our perceived choices and keep us from pursuing our dreams.  Are those limiting beliefs just Illusions which we can discard?  Butterflies represent Transformation, the ability to know the mind as well as the ability to change it.

Today, I was watching a butterfly eat an overripe banana I had provided (in a rodent-proofed bird feeder).  A colorful hummingbird flew to about 18″ in front of my face.  Looking directly at me, it hovered for quite some time.  It was a magical moment.  Sams and Carson say that Hummingbirds represent Joy and that Hummingbird opens the heart.  I agree.

Rainbow in the Labyrinth Garden

August 26, 2009
Rainbow in the Labyrinth Garden

Rainbow in the Labyrinth Garden

This afternoon, the water from my sprinkler caught rays of the afternoon sun and produced a rainbow.  What a lovely surprise!

Life survives

August 25, 2009
A dual-colored morning glory rises up from the compost heap.

A dual-colored morning glory rises up from the compost heap.

After cleaning out some overgrown morning glories a week ago, I’d thought I’d seen the last of them.  Then today, I was surprised by this bloom atop the compost pile.  “Bloom where you’re planted!” they used to say.  This flower certainly did.

Tiny Blue Elfin Flowers

August 10, 2009
Blue Flowers amongst the Elfin Thyme

Blue Flowers amongst the Elfin Thyme

The tags for this Elfin Thyme had always said there were supposed to be light blue blooms in summer.  After the first year, I didn’ see flowers.  My organic nursery recommended some nutrients just for flowering plants.  I used it and MAGIC!  Elfin flowers started blooming almost immediately.