Sunday, August 31, 2008

Weekend Jumble

So here's one of those honeybees who were so elusive at summer's start. This weekend, I've been seeing them I'm happy to say that reports of their death may have been somewhat exaggerated. That's a flowerhead of Autumn Joy sedum he's dancing about on, only just coming into bloom as Labor Day weekend gets underway.

Yes, it's that last weekend of the summer, here already, proof that Time doesn't only fly when you're having fun.

I want to say thanks to all of you who've written me your comments or private emails of support, in regards the situation with Owen and I.

I can only really skim the surface of letting you know just how much it means to me...and how important its been to hear from you.

This is probably the last thing I ever wanted to happen; ten years is a long time to be with someone and I know and love him in ways that I don't know many people. Which makes it sadder still that he knows so little about the way my brain works and what has value in Life to me.

You might guess I would be quite happy for us not to have reached this point. And that wish makes me want to be swayed, won over by the somber attitude and thoughtful demeanor I have been subject to this past week. But I know from past experience, and from other peoples' too, that this is a temporary fix...a band-aid on a bigger problem. And thankfully, every time I start to get a little weak in my resolve, one of your comments or emails appears, just in the nick of time.

I really don't want to beat a dead horse, I'm not even sure I'm prepared to declare the horse dead...but there was something else I wanted you to know.

The gardening it seems I've always done...and the blogging started just to show my long distance (and local) friends what I was working on in a secret garden not easily seen from the road...but as you all have discovered it in the last year and come back to visit over and over again, this blog has truly helped me to remember that I have a voice worth listening to, that I am important to the world, in some small way. And that, as much as everything else, has encouraged me to seek a little something better for myself.

So when I say thanks, I hope you know I mean it.

Now sweet Jesus, can we please talk about the Garden again? I am so sick of being on the edge of tears lately.

Here's a Nursery Spider we found in the kitchen sink the other day. I don't believe we have much to fear from them, which didn't mean we both weren't startled to the ceiling when it jumped over a foot to get away from us.


I have made a mental note that next year, zinnia seeds should be started indoors before the season gets underway, or at the very least, planted in the ground the week before Memorial Day weekend.

These guys are only just beginning to reveal their first flower buds and while they are pretty wonderful, there could be so many more by this point.

To the left is a photo taken on Friday. Below is the same flower as seen on Saturday. The whole idea behind the Jumble thing starting to be more clear?

Here are some of those fancy marigolds I bought for the lamp post garden in the spring. In the background there, you can see one flower still bears the distinctive red coloration that caught my eye in the first place.

However, it seems the rest of the plant is a little weary at this end of the summer (I wonder if it needs more water, or maybe some fertilizer), since so many of the other flowers are just plain yellow now.

I don't know what these bamboo-ey like plants are. I know there are a great many of them growing on the side of Mount Dump-it in our yard in Harwich; I see them out our back windows.

Today I noticed this cluster of the same plant out behind the restaurant, in between dumpsters...and noticed for the first time the spectacular clusters of tiny white flowers.

They aren't memorably scented or anything like that. But the flowers themselves are tiny, but kind of exciting when you look at them up close.

Perhaps you don't agree, but there was a crowd of bumblebees and honeybees who couldn't get enough of them

Here's one of the center pieces last evening's custo mers brought for the tables at their Rehearsal Dinner.

I think my favorite arrangements are the ones that don't hold to a particular color scheme, but instead engage all the colors there are. These did that wonderfully, and featured a terrific assortment of flower varieities, too.

I do enjoy the Gerbera Daisies and was a little disappointed that my budget dried before I had a chance to pick up a few for the border this summer.

I used a few as bedding plants in my first garden on the Cape all those years ago, and the effect was pretty terrific.

I have no idea what that orangey-thistly flower is, but it sure interests me. I hope to stop in at the responsible florist and see what I can find out sometime this week.

In just a little more time-travely-ness, here's what the sky looked like over Not Wisteria Lane this past Friday evening.
Thinking of everyone in New Orleans this weekend, as the third anniversary of Katrina's devastation comes and goes, marked mostly by a new evacuation in the face of a much more terrible looking storm called Gustav.

Everyone down there on the Gulf Coast (not to mention all those lives touched by this storm already as its passed through the Carribbean) has my thoughts and prayers for their safety...and hopefully yours, too.


Anonymous said...

My first guess at the yellow flower was some form of centaurea -- Bluestone had some on sale, and I was considering whether to add them to my fall order. However, not all the members of that family are well-behaved:

So let's hope the actual flower is someone you _do_ want in your garden, or something that can be safely admired in a hothouse!

Jess said...

I agree about New Orleans. I hope the storm takes a turn and hits some relatively unpopulated area!

Regarding your situation... *big hug*

PS said...

Those little white flowers look like "silver lace vine".
Never saw flowers on a plate...very interesting and pretty.

Doug Taron said...

I'm sorry to hear your very sad news. I'm a newcomer to your blog, and I've been thoroughly enjoying it.

I think that your unknown white flower may be Japanese Knotweed or Giant Knotweed. Unfortunately, these are both invasive species from Asia. See here for more information.

Anonymous said...

Those sedum are coming along nicely. Mine are just starting to bloom. The zinnia is a very interesting bloom.

lostlandscape said...

It's interesting that your zinnias are just starting to do their thing. I have some self-sows from last year's plants that are just getting blooming as well. I'd have thought that San Diego's seasons would be ahead of yours in that regard. So much for what the convention & tourist bureau would have the world believe! Invasive or not, that "unknown" vine is a gorgeous plant, and someone else probably thought exactly the same thing and brought it from Japan.

Java said...

I'm so glad this blog has become meaningful for you on a deeper, more personal level than for garden pictures. It's good to be connected to the world in positive ways.

I also like the pretty pictures of your garden. :)

Greg said...

Hey Rhet: centauris, that makes sense...thanks for the tip. Pretty things, that's for sure. Maybe best grown for arrangements like these.

Jess, at least it sounds like lots of people were smart about getting out of the Big Easy this time around. As I write this, I'm watching the storm surge spilling over the levee, but I'll hope this doesn't undo all the work that's been done there the last few years.

Thanks for your support and hugs! It means a lot...

PS, the flower arrangements for the dinner were actually in low tin buckets. I have more photos, I'll have to try to post a profile shot to give you a clearer look at them soon!

Doug, you seem to have hit the match on the knotweed. The description and photos match pretty perfectly.

Afod, I do enjoy the zinnias. Hope to have more of them next year.

James, isn't it funny how plants do more of less what they want to, as far as bloom schedules? I was a little late planting the zinnias this year, but how interesting they'd be coinciding with your self-sows.

Well, Java, I must say finding the blogging community has been a pretty great gift to me, and I am quite pleased to reciprocate with the gift of as many pretty flowers as you can stand to look at!!

Sooo-this-is-me said...

My boyfriend has the same bamboo-ey-ish plants. He uses them to block the veiw into his backyard during summer bbq season. If you find out what they are, print it please Greg as he would lie to know also.