Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunshine for a Rainy Day

Will you join me

In a dance among the daffodils


With mud between your toes?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Flower Children

Ah, spring is in the air!
The daffodils are showing their smiling faces.

Instead of a quote, how about an illustrated poem?

From a lovely old book, Flower Children: The Little Cousins of The Field and Garden, by Elizabeth Gordon with drawings by M.T. Ross. Copyright 1910, 82nd edition, inscribed "Christmas 1945," given to my mother.  Love this part of the foreword:

"God has implanted in the breasts of children a natural love for flowers—and no one who keeps that love in his heart has entirely forsaken the land of childhood."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cactus Monday

Bunny Ears Cactus (Opuntia microdasys)

The beginning and the end reach out their hands to each other.
~ Chinese Proverb

To see more cactus beauty, visit Teri's Painted Daisies.
Happy Cactus Monday!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Soft moss a downy pillow makes...

Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night.

~ Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"

Blind folk see the fairies.
Oh, better far than we,
Who miss the shining of their wings
Because our eyes are filled with things
We do not wish to see.
Deaf folk hear the fairies
However soft their song;
'Tis we who lose the honey sound
Amid the clamor all around
That beats the whole day long.

~ Rose Fyleman

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Remember trading Valentines with your classmates and teacher when you were young? In honor of Valentine's Day I thought I'd share this Valentine that my grandmother received from her first teacher in the early 1900s.

On the back it is inscribed, "Stella, from Miss Knight."

Here's to all the many kinds of love that make our lives meaningful. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow
because it was important to them:
there ought to be as many for love.
~ Margaret Atwood

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Winter Light

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
~ William Blake

This is my entry for February's Picture This at Gardening Gone Wild.