The other day I had a cardamon-rose cupcake (sprinkled with real rose petals–so pretty!). I kind of can’t stop dreaming about how much I enjoyed it. But I seem to do the same with just about anything rose-flavored. I think I love the way the sweetness and the scent travel from my tongue to my nose. Just like all those roses in my garden that are so fragrant I want to dig right into them with a spoon! (yum)
The mossy greens in this scene from the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library are so relaxing and inspiring. The Huntington is not only a place for repose, but also supports my dissertation research. As a Fellow, last Fall I spent nearly every day working in the ‘inner sanctum’ of the Library.
The Collections at the Huntington aren’t accessible to John or to my children. Someday I hope I can point out my favorite study carrel in the old reading room, or show them some of the manuscripts that I’ve enjoyed (such as a few volumes of Emma N’s journals and other treasures). It’s hard not to be able to share that with them.
But I am glad that we can stroll the gardens together, anytime.
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Note: pic above taken in my garden. The colors are really truly this bright right now–no photoshop adjustment necessary. Isn’t it lovely?
Or so says the note on my teabag this afternoon (love Yogi Tea for Meditation and their thought-provoking teatag quotations). It came at a good time, at a moment when I’m feeling rather finite and hampered by so so so much that need to get done.
This rose is blooming in my garden right now and has a delicious grapefruit-rosy scent. Unlimited, indeed.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
What is the great purpose and extraordinary project that is inspiring you today? Me, I am inspired by the beauties (like the one above) in my garden.
Got up early this morning, did some restorative yoga, then a friend took me to see a stray mama cat with a nest of newborn kittens, eyes not yet opened. Mama is dusky gray with bright yellow eyes.
After that I went to the garden and spent a few minutes watering and getting acquainted with the latest blooms (all the while being ‘buzzed’ by Junebugs–definitely not the sharpest of critters that I find in my garden). My rose “Mon Cherie” has a bud just opening, and I can’t wait to return tomorrow to see its bright face (the first since I planted it in my garden). I met two small lizards who were frolicking in the lavender bushes–stretching out on the hot rocks that border the space and doing little lizard push-ups (why? I wish I knew)…
Now I am sipping tea, regrouping, making plans for the upcoming week and just enjoying the open-ness of a later-summer Saturday afternoon.
P.S. I think the blue of the sky in the photo above is my new favorite color.
Omondieu’s post about roses had me singing in agreement when I read it yesterday. She says:
and these are my roses. this my summer’s love.
and it’s been about learning.
and it’s been about growing.
it’s been about taking the risk to blossom.
and i don’t ever want to stop…
My roses bring me so much joy right now–I try to spend time every day in my rosegarden and feeling the excitement and magic of bursting buds.
Photo is of a mini rosebush in the center area of my garden. In the background you can see Ned the elephant–he’s a favorite with our smaller garden friends.
PS: I am very weary today. Some of my new meds are having strange side effects, including sleeplessness and difficulty breathing. Sigh. I’d love to hear what adventures y’all have planned for your long weekend–drop me a line in the comments and let me know!
This is the image that our last contest winner selected as her prize. Good choice, don’t you think?
My peach tree brings me lots of joy. Especially right now, when my peaches are oh-so-close to being ripe.
The tree was a Mother’s Day gift many years ago. It’s one that keeps on giving, year after year.