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Stars Blog - Tuesday 22nd of June 2010

Gayle's View: Officially Summer in the Garden
Tuesday 22nd of June 2010
".....silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

--langston hughes


I googled "spring rains" today for inspiration. There are about a jillion quotes extolling the virtues of rain. And we all know we need it. But I think even the most hardened of Oregonians want to say "enough now"!! I know I do.

I have gotten accustomed to gardening with a light drizzle sprinkling on me. And every now and then, the sunshine will break through as if to say, "I'm still here". The bonus is that we haven't needed to water and the gardens are getting lush.

Yesterday was the first offical day of summer, and we were blessed with partial sun. It felt wonderful...I could hear the tractors going by on the farm road where I live. Lawnmowers were humming, and I could look across the way and see my son and daughter-in-law planting in their garden.

In honor of the promise of good weather, I am sharing photos of my garden taken this spring. The photo of the pathway below was taken before Memorial Day. I'm not a big iris fan, but I saw a picture of an iris path in Monet's garden at Giverny and took it from there. Trust me this is the mini version, but maybe someday.....

I dragged my camera out last month during a bit of a sun break and got the two photos below. The roses climb on a fence designed and built for me by Danny and Wayne of Lonesomeville . Their garden has been my inspiration, and I was fortunate to have their expertise with mine. Check out their website to see their wonderful gardens (click on "About us" to see gardens, but you will also see that they produce the amazing Lonesomeville Pottery.).

The peonies in the photo below were lovely while they lasted, and they lasted later than usual. (Another good thing about the cooler weather?)

The next photo was taken on a particularly rainy day. Trying to buck up my spirits, I took my camera out and snapped the lady's mantle. My friend, Barbara Sandgren, pointed out to me a long time ago how the drops look like diamonds on the leaves. I have always loved that thought (another good thing about rain?), and I share another excerpt with you:

"Innumerable as the stars of night,

dewdrops which the sun

Impearls on every leaf and flower.

--john milton

When I found the next quotation, I had to read it through a couple of times before I got it.

"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."

--susan ertz

When it sunk in, I had to think.."get over yourself, Gayle"....there ARE some good things about rain.

signing off wishing you all a happy first week of summer....



Sunday July 04 at 05:39:46 PM

By: Erik Tweed

I love that you wrote this blog on the first day of summer.

Wednesday June 23 at 08:54:07 PM

By: gayle

Christe" I have seen photos of your lovely garden so you must be succeeding despite the tricky weather!!! Thanks for the thoughtful comments.. Gayle

Wednesday June 23 at 10:10:20 AM

By: Christe'

oh Gayle, your gardens are just beautiful! we have had so much rain and now 2 days of sunshine and soft warm mornings and evenings... living in the high desert makes gardening a tricky business, so the rains have been welcome to me, although too many grey drizzly days can be wearing...but the flowers and trees are luxurious~for us here anyway~and so like you, I'm thankful for the rain and look forward to more sunny days ahead. Your iris walk is amazing, everything in your garden is amazing...the beautiful colors and size of the peonies and roses...like dinner plates. I can just imagine the scent as you walk down your paths with Simon & Sox. a happy summers day to you, love,C

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