I also convalesce the African Violets that are not blooming, in this area. It's my "plant hospital".
The blooming ones are displayed more prominently throughout the house, but the sick plants go hide in my bedroom. Do you do that too?
There is a beautiful deep purple hydrangea out front of my home, and I dried a couple blossoms. They dry such a pretty blue shade! Next year I will save more!
|Top of my bedroom dresser.|
A kalanchoe atop of my microwave, from my little Valentines
Here are my garden books.
Now is the time to read about gardening, before everything is growing
and there are so many gardening tasks to be done.
Amy's dried roses
"What is so special about a rose that it seems far more than a flower? Perhaps it is the mystery it has gathered through the ages. Perhaps it is the joy that it continues to give, humans have constantly used it to transmit sentiments that they lack words to express, for the rose is different......." Princess Grace of Monaco writes in My Book Of Flowers. This wonderful book, published in 1980, by Doubleday &Co. tells the history of many flowers and flowers in art, stories and poems, and the meaning and myths of flowers and herbs, "and the enchantment they bring into your life".
I will grow some Jersey tomatoes, and peppers.
"Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme......." (Pardon me, while I sing!)
I have to replace my beloved herb garden, I miss it so!
I wish I had a pond. I left that behind too, last summer. Perhaps I can have a patio pond, a container pond with a little fountain, and a few fishes, at my new home. Yes! I shall!
My mother's favorite hymn is "In the Garden". I just read that C. Austin Miles, the writer of one of the most popular gospel hymns ever written, wrote this in a "dreary, dark New Jersey basement that didn't even have a window. let alone a garden view". I felt sad for him, so I researched it further, and learned what his great-granddaughter, or Wikipedia failed to mention, that he was a faithful man, who had a vision while reading John 20 in his Bible, about Mary visiting Jesus' grave. He was once a pharmacist, but he said he wanted to be remembered most for writing these songs, because that how he was of the most use to his Master.
The song was published in 1912, and became popular when the Billy Graham Staff regularly used it. Two of my childhood favorites, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans recorded it in 1950, and then Perry Como recorded it in 1958. I often sing it to myself in the garden. (sigh)
"One is closer to God in a garden,
than anywhere else on earth."
Sweet dreams of gardens to you!