Sunday, May 17, 2009

What's Blooming?

I have been sitting and painting in this patio for awhile and my greyhound, Ivy, has just decided to do her exercise run. When she does this run she just does a circle or figure 8 of my back yard stopping to make the turns but running full out through the yard till she get to the other end then screeches to a holt in enough time to turn and dig in for another run. She does this about every 3 days and will run about 5 to 10 laps. Needless to say any plant in her way gets trampled. Knowing that she needs this exercise I designed my yard with enough pathways to give her a full run of the yard and for my benefit I have put in scented plants. Now the night air is heavy with the fragrance of lavender, mint and tarragon. Oh, by the way my pup doesn't smell like dog, anymore. I bet your dog doesn't smell like lavender.

I have painted this patio before. The paintings I did today I will have to post another day because the light has gone for photographing art.
This arch has a billowy hallow of the Ballerina Rose blooms and......

this wonderful lily and......

The tomatoes I got at the Green Scene in April are blooming and has tomatoes. But not ripe yet.

Just before the light was completely gone I took this picture of the poppy. For you botanical types it is the Papaver somniferum var. Paeoniflorum. Peony Poppies. The inside is so intricate and special. Don't you think?

Well this is a first. I am sitting through an earthquake right now. It feels like about a 4.5. That is something we do in these parts. We guess at the seismic rating. The pets are all looking at me as if it were my fault. We have been having clusters for the last few months indicating that something is going on. What happens is the small earthquakes release the tension, hopefully keeping us from the “BIG ONE”. I will let you know if there is anything to report, as the reports will come in as to where the epicenter was and if there was any damage. I just heard on the radio it was a 4.7. I was close.


Claire M said...

Wow - I'm really enjoying reading about your day in the garden and seeing your photos, especially the garden view and close-up of the Poppy. I can't wait to see your watercolors from your afternoon. P.S. I also enjoyed hearing about your Greyhound as my adult son in Texas has adopted one - but I haven't seen/met her yet.

Gemma Mortlock said...

Hi Pat,
Thank you so much for your kind words on my poem, you are always so thoughtful and sweet with what you say. Of course you can print my poem and give it to your friend i would be honoured to know it has been given as a gift! i ask no payment in return just that you include my name on the print to say that i wrote it.
You have really made my day Pat thank you.

Cathy said...

I read it was 5 on the newspaper today, but I suppose they prefer round figures... Glad there wasn't any damage.
Beautiful photos!
I laughed imagining your dog! But let me tell you that i had a cat who love lying on cat mint and she smelled so nice after her naps!!!
I cant wait to see the painting you did!

bh yoo said...

Beautiful garden! So lovely flowers and small yellow ones of tomato. I expect to see again when the tomatoes get ripened. :)

DEB said...

How peaceful and lovely! I want to come paint YOUR patio!!

Aleksandra said...

This is what I try to acheve on my balkony,just a place for one or 2 chairs,to be able to read,paint,drink tea or coffie and injoy my plants and nature around,great photos,greetings Sandra

Annaquarel.les said...

Lovely pictures and I also love reading about your day. I didn't know you were having earthquakes right now. It must give you the creeps to feel the earth beneath trembling. Keep us informed and take care!

Laure Ferlita said...

So much to see and comment on . . . I just love your rose trellis! Would love to have something like that in our garden.

The close up of the poppy looks like a sea creature to me - very beautiful and delicate!

Love the story of Ivy racing around - we have cats that think the furniture is launching pads for their antics and dogs that would kill anything in their way when they get to running wild. And no, they don't smell like lavender!

And bless you for being so calm during an earthquake! I'm afraid I'd be so afraid I could move!

Katie Hatch said...

Absolutely beautiful!