From a few seeds

Now summer is really over. It turns out fall is somehow better than summer – sunny, warm, and sometimes the wonderful fall wind springs up.  Beautiful leaves are tugged off the trees.  The grass is a magical green because of all the rain we had.  The garden was mixed.  Kale a great success, potatoes not bad, the novelty of the blue ones adding an exotic note.  The tomatoes were a disaster.  Swollen and tasteless with rain, sometimes rotting on the vine. There were only a few peppers, onions not bad. The garlic simply disappeared but the onions were fairly good.

And here are these wonders.  Great sunflowers grown on a whim from a few seeds found in an old package that had been shoved into the back of a drawer.  Strong thick stems are still not equal to the task of holding up these great heads.  We stuck one up into a small evergreen as a makeshift bird feeder.  The others, their heads hanging down wait for the first frost.

I love the mysterious geometry of the pattern of the seeds. Look how they spiral around perfectly.  I don’t know why but it reminds me of the complexity of quilting or embroidery.  So much effort in our worlds to create such a pattern.  So effortless in nature.

Under my nose

image image image

Some  of you know I’ve been coaxing a frangipani to bloom and having some success thanks to the miraculous weather.  However, to my great surprise when I looked around my yard a couple of days ago I discovered a huge sunflower that I had completely overlooked.  How,can you miss a thing like this?  My theory is ….”low expectations”. I never liked sunflowers much and this is the first year I have ever grown them.  After a spring clean up, I noticed a few cinder blocks in a neglected corner of the yard.  They were too heavy for me to carry off so I filled them with earth and popped in a couple of sunflower  seeds.  Even these were bargain basement seeds I had picked up in a junk shop.  I didn’t expect them to grow, I didn’t particularly want them to grow.  They were in a shady corner of the yard.  I concentrated on other things.  However, one seed decided to surprise me, to survive, to excel.  While I was fretting over my Hawaiian beauty, this gangly thing shone…and shines in my garden.  Draw the lesson….i won’t bore you….

My second rank darlings

image

image

image

First rank darlings are people but I don’t believe in putting pics of people on my blog. Call me old fashioned……like this rose. How lovely is that. I only planted it last fall and was sure the brutal winter would kill it but it is on it’s third blooming. I love the shape, like something out of a tapestry.

Next are nasturtiums. I never had any luck with them. All I ever produced were leaves, but look at these orange faces.

Last but far from least are my gladiolii. I never cared for these – reminded me of funerals but then my grandchildren gave me some bulbs for Mother’s Day and now I love them. They are very irritating in that they take the whole summer to bloom and I got very discouraged and never believed they would bloom. Perhaps I should take a lesson here. Not quite sure what it is…never mind . I revel in the color and the shape of these blooms going up the stem. I have a famous sunflower too. They are my darlings, really. If only they could kiss me with their petals it would be perfect.

Off to search for falling stars. I wonder if I will see any. I want them to show up tonight.