Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roses in June

Roses in June are such a delight - they are delicate, beautiful and fill the air with sweet scent. I enjoy this month for it is the beginning of summer, we celebrate the longest day of the year and we spend most of our time outside in our garden. Tomorrow is the last day of June, then we will be celebrating Canada Day on July 1st. I would like to share a few of our roses here. Happy Canada Day! Thanks for visiting! Michelle

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Akiko's Garden

Let me take you on a small journey to a lovely and enchanting garden that belongs to a very special and talented lady. My dear friend, Akiko, a gardener and artist, has turned her garden into a magical place. I always feel inspired when I visit there and am reminded of an Impressionist painting. Winding pathways meander through flower beds full of colour and scent, lush grasses, purple irises, poppies and peony bushes border along the pathways; roses ramble over arbours and gates and clematis climbs up fences and posts. Thyme and mint fill little nooks and crannies. No space is without colour. This truly is a place for gardener and artist. Thank you dear Akiko for being such a wonderful inspiration to all of us through your art and garden. Michelle

A Magical Garden - by Michelle

Morning dew like jewels glisten
The night now gone, the sun has risen
Warm licking arms of golden ray
Awaken dear garden this glorious day

Song of bird, lilting from the tree
Sky so blue, you set out free
Your home is apple, oak or fir
Your little ones, in nest they stir

Purple and yellow Iris I see
Tall spires of grass and peony tree
Orange, coral and fuzzy poppies grow
Sun on their face, their colours aglow

Red gate and pathway lie beyond
To a magical place where treasures are found
If you follow the path you might just see
The big grey owl who lives in the tree

I watch a flickering and lively sight
Hummingbird’s tasting honeysuckle’s delight
Along ground’s edge creeping woolly thyme
Bees dancing in clover, nectar divine

Red roses and white, pink, crimson hue
Clamber up and over, the clematis too
Its vine intertwined and reaching so far
Hang Royal velvet and soft purple star

The scent in the air is ever so sweet
Of rose, new grass and mint under feet
Lavender, thyme and rosemary grow
The kale and lettuce, all in a row

The pathway ends near the raspberry patch
Behind blueberry, strawberry in cage with latch
Beyond I see the red garden gate
Under rose and arbour, more treasures await

When evening casts it shadows of trees
Last rays shine golden on their leaves
Flowers glimmer and stand in last light
Tuck in their heads and say a good night

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Little Bird on Our Deck

The sweetest little baby bird appeared on the railing of our sundeck a couple of nights ago, I believe it was a swallow, but I could be mistaken. It was sleepy and trying to nap, kept tucking its little head under its wing. Our cat eyed it with eager anticipation but we distracted her before it was too late! I managed to sneak up and take a few pictures of the sweet little bird. It was so downy and soft.

Thanks for viewing! Michelle

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Palmy West Coast

Well, it is June 1st today. May disappeared into a wet and misty blur. We had a very wet month here on the 'wet' coast of B.C. The rain was needed and the plants are thriving and growing quickly because of so much rain, mist and occasional outburst of sunshine. I took some pictures of our Windmill Palm today (Trachycarpus Fortunei), it is so pretty and has a thick mat of yellow fluffy flowers - quite a lovely sight - it looks like a thick knitted woolly sweater wrapped around the tree's neck. Here are my pictures from today of our west coast palm.

Happy June 1st to everyone and thank you for stopping by to visit me. Michelle

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