Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Belated Bloom Day!

I don't know what I was thinking, to miss the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  It's graciously hosted by Carol at May Dream Gardens and I'm usually on the ball enough to participate.  But today, a day late and a dollar short!

Welcome to the Scrooge edition of Bloom Day!  No, I'm not in a bad mood.  I just couldn't shake the feeling that the garden was showing me a glimpse of the past, present and future.

Here's the ghost of garden past, the spare, spent look of blossoms just going to seed.  Accompanied by the wild tropical remnants of Hurricane Bougainvillea!


Here's the ghost of garden present, the few bright winter annuals I planted this year.

Pink Dianthus.  Forgot to deadhead!
White Dianthus, which I like better.
Faithful penta.
Popcorny Snapdragons

Here's the ghost of garden future, new buds and hopeful beginnings.

Rose 'Spice'
Rose 'Valentine'
Australian Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa)

Happy Bloom Day, and be sure to check out the wonderful posts at May Dreams Gardens!  Thanks again, Carol, for hosting!


  1. Glad you joined. You have pretty blooms to show. I like the Scrooge presentation. The future surely looks 'rosey'.

  2. Lovely pics. In Australia we call that plant Coastal Rosemary. (NOT edible as far as I know.)

  3. You do have many blooms. Better late than never. I like your calendula and snapdragons. I have 2 seedlings of calendula. Hopefully, they turn out as beautiful as yours.

  4. I love your Christmas Carol spirits theme and the blooms in your garden are amazing right now! I'm glad you posted belatedly. :)