“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Waiting for Lavender. . .

"Wherever you are, be there totally" – Eckhart Tolle

By my side gate the colours are muted. Pinks, lilacs and mauves, awaiting the lavender with its sweet scent to join them. I love the smell of lavender and have it planted everywhere. Lavender, Rosemary and Roses are some of my favourite smells of the garden. What are yours?

Last Sunday afternoon we went to visit my Mum and enjoyed the sunshine in her garden. We wanted to see her garden building now it was 'almost' finished. My lovely man Joe, designed it.

I loved to see how well these box plants are doing, I gave her these as tiny cuttings.
They are twice the size of the ones I kept!

I looked over my shoulder and noticed these wonderful shadows. . .

. . . and was wowed by the colours (and size) of these lovely hostas.

"Observe the wonders as they occur around you." - Rumi

And here is a photo of Joe sitting outside the new structure. :-)

. . . And my newly silvery hair. It is strange really, I have died my hair since I was a teenager, it has been a myriad of colours and I have spent years being a blonde and a red head as well as brunette. I even tried out jet black (with shaved sides!) in my 'almost punk' era. lol - But at the time when the grey starts in earnest and a lot of people start dying their hair, I have finally stopped!. . . I am enjoying seeing the silver appear.
(I wrote a poem this week called Age Comes - You can read it HERE.)

But right now, as I write this post the sun is hidden by dark clouds and we have the strong winds that have been almost constant over the last couple of weeks. Today it has even got so chilly that I have had to turn the heating on (the first time for nearly two months.)

As I look up from my computer this is what I see, the orchid on my windowsill, the heart hanging in the window and beyond that the windblown trees . . .

I hope your week has been a good one. x

Thought of the week
"Realize what you really want.
It stops you from chasing butterflies
and puts you to work digging gold."
- William Moulton Marston

I am linking this post to week 37 of I Saw Sunday - Why not come and join us?


earlybird said...

Grey is good! I agree about roses, rosemary and lavender. I miss hostas... too hot and dry here and perhaps not enough shade in my garden. The boxes are doing really well. Normally they take ages to grow.

Anonymous said...

Just gorgeous, every single picture. I'm with you about silver hair - mine hasn't been died for about 15 years.

Roses and lavender are great companion plants - I have a rose bed all along the house gable, edged with lavender to keep the aphids away.

Susannah said...

Hi earlybird,

I don't grow hostas even though I think they are wonderful. The slugs and snails like them too much and I am not very comfortable with killing things. :-) Whatever grows in my garden has to be able to cope with the 'wildlife' though recently we have discovered that we have a resident hedgehog - he definitely won't go short of food!

The boxes must be at least 8 years old now as I took tiny cuttings from the box hedge where we used to live. My Mum is known for growing everything to huge proportions! :-)

Susannah said...

Hi Viv, and thank you.

I am looking forward to my hair going silver, my Mums hair is a lovely platinum colour and I think it looks great and just as stunning as her dark hair used to be.

I love the idea of Roses and Lavender as companion plants, I will keep that 'filed' in my memory banks for future reference. Thank you. :-)

Harry Nicholson said...

Welcome the silver. Its calm acceptance is a mark of contentment.

The valerian is good - soon the hoverflies . . .

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos. All those growing things, bursting with life are so satisfying to see. I too love the smell of lavender. Really like the last photo, it speaks of loving and caring.


Ena said...

Beautiful flowers. I don't have a garden because I tend to kill all plants almost instantly (even the ones that aren't supposed to die), and because I have 3 very mischievous, large dogs who think it's fun to dig up flowers ;) I enjoy admiring other people's gardens, though.

Susannah said...

Harry, I love that. . . "Welcome the silver. Its calm acceptance is a mark of contentment."

Thank you for your wise words. :-)

Susannah said...

Elizabeth, you are so right, it does a soul good to see things bursting with life, it is so uplifting.

I am glad you enjoyed 'my view' in the last photo.

I wrote a post about 'my heart' once - it is here - http://joyfrequencies.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-wanted-to-share-this-moment-with-you.html

Susannah said...

Hello Ena, it is nice to meet you.

You can always look at other peoples flowers, I am sure you get more than enough beauty and joy anyway with three dogs! :-)

Morvah said...

Prostanthera (mint bush), hyssop and eau de cologne mint for me - after the roses of course. Gorgeous photos!

Susannah said...

Hi Morvah, mmm, I love your 'smell' choices too! Good choices. x

Olive Tree said...

Great shots, especially the lavenders. Must be nice to have the sun too. Thanks for sharing these pictures. I love seeing nature and sunny pictures.

Anonymous said...

Fantabulous photos. The colours in your garden must cheer you every day. You have a beautiful spot. I love lavender too. I can't get enough of it.

And I know what you mean about the arrival of the silver in the hair. I can see litle threads of it in mine. My dream is to go pure white. I think that would be FAB. I guess I'll just have to wait and see!

Susannah said...

olive tree, yes it is always lovely to see the sun shine. Thanks for visiting. :-)

Susannah said...

Selma, I am with you on the white hair! My mums has gone that colour and looks great - so I am in with a chance. :-)

Good to see you. x

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Beautiful photos, Susannah. I love the aroma of Lilac, Hyacinths and Honeysuckle.

Susannah said...

Paul, I forgot Lilac and Hyacinths! Another two of my favourites, :-)

Good to see you. :-)

Alice said...

Susannah, I've only just managed to subscribe to google reader and have been scrolling through your offerings. I found this! And at a time when the first greys are appearing and my fortieth birthday is a little over two weeks away.

I dyed my hair for a long time, until my reincarnation ;-) and I now, like you, am looking forward to the silver with anticipation.

I love your pictures - it's so good to be able to put faces to names, and the garden (and structure) look like the perfect spot for some serious unwinding...

Much love this solstice day xxx

Susannah said...

Hi Alice, good to see you here.

Yes, it is nice to be able to put faces to names isn't it. Even though it is mainly my silvery hair on show! At least Joe is showing his face. :-)

Wow, 40 in two weeks...a very happy birthday in advance! x

I was 50 last year...eek! (it's just a number, it's just a number....deep breath. lol) - whereas Joe is a couple of years younger (well actually, six years younger!) ;-)

Thanks very much for popping in.

Much love to you all and a very happy solstice.

Here's to the silver!



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