A Good Home, Blogging Community, Flowers, Valerie Rowley

FLOWERS FOR VAL

There are times when words just aren’t enough.

So I send flowers on my blog to individuals going through happy times, sad times — or just because.

This time, the flowers are for someone whom many of you may remember: my friend Valerie. With husband Chris, pet dogs, chickens, their beautiful gardens, home and farm — Val graced these pages about 4 times in the last two years, and many more times through her kind comments here.

Val is very ill right now. These flowers are sent to her from bloggers who read about her and from my own family too.

Blog flowers For Val from Gallivanta
From Gallivanta in New Zealand
Blog Flowers for Val from Cindy Knoke1
From Cindy Knoke, USA
Blog Flowers For Val from Wendy MacDonald
From Wendy MacDonald, Canada
Blog Flower from Natalie Scarberry
From Natalie Scarberry, USA
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From Jeni Rankin, Scotland
Blog Flowers for Val From Amy and Alan the Greyhound
From Amy Grant (and her greyhound Alan), USA
Blog flower from Laurie Graves
From Laurie Graves, USA
Blog Flowers for Val from Diane Taylor
From Diane Taylor, Canada
Blog flowers for Val from Chris
From Chris, Canada
Blog Flower for Val from Katherine 2
From Katherine, Gibraltar
Blog Flowers for Val from Lavinia
From Lavinia and Rick, USA
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From Ann Moser, Canada
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From Derrick Knight, UK
Blog Flowers for Val from Jason
From Jason, USA
Blog flowers for Val from Margaret
From Margaret Mair, Canada
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From MT McGuire, UK
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From Cynthia, Hamlin and Family

Love and prayers, dear Val and Chris.

I thank you for welcoming my blog community into your home, and above all, thank you for being you.

**Blogger friends: You are welcome to send a flower for Val. I will add it here.

Cynthia.

 

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A Good Home, Inspiration, Prayer

Sometimes ….

I sometimes think that I’ve given you entirely the wrong impression.

That I’m strong, brave, and always optimistic.

Blog Photo - Late pink clematis solo

Truth is, I’m a recovering coward.

There have been times in recent years when I’ve felt completely weak, unwise and pessimistic.

Times when fear turned my insides to mush and great challenges brought me to my knees.

But as one friend says: “While you’re down there, you may as well pray”.

Sometimes, I had to pray several times before my insides finally returned to normal and I remembered: “All I need to do is put one foot in front of the other. And trust.”

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Sometimes, putting one foot in front of the other meant writing a funny or optimistic post on my blog. Trusting that you’d read it, smile and be uplifted.

And sometimes it meant just going back to my bed. (And while there, perhaps reading a few of your own updates to cheer myself up.)

All of which may prove that the great philosopher Soren Kierkegaard was right when he said: “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”


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Thanks for being there. These flowers are for you.

I end this post with a blessing from a Margaret Mair poem:

May the day hold you gently
In the softness of its hope
And the sun guide you surely
To where you find yourself
Contented and free
In the kindness of its light.

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Photos courtesy of Hamlin Grange.

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Home, Flowers, Gardens

The Last of the Summer Vine

The summer vines are nearing the end of bloom-time.

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But – oh! – they were so lovely when they were blooming!

Blog Photo - Garden rain lavender blue clematis

My favourites, Clematis, flowered in different shapes and colours.

Blog Photo - Garden rain blue-lavender clems

Some bloomed all summer, and some bloomed twice.

Blog Photo - Garden rain pink and lavender clems

Blog Photo - Afternoon Tea Clematis Burgundy

So here’s to the blooming vines in all our gardens: those that have already given their all this summer, and those that are hanging on and blooming their last.

Blog Photo - Clems doubles

Blog Photo - Blue-Pink clems

Blog Photo - Garden rain cu of lavender blue clematis

Blog Photo - Blue clems atop Pinks

Blog Photo - Garden rain Clematis dark blue

Blog Photo - Red clems on Trellis

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And, as summer ends, I offer a warm welcome to the morning glories who are now ‘in their glory’.

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A Good Home, Container Gardening, Flowers, Gardening

The Indomitable Pansy

The only pansies we’ve had past the month of June were the dead kind.

If not dead, then seriously bedraggled.

That’s why I stopped planting them each spring, and always planted other stuff instead.

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Annual plants that last longer. Like blue salvia, pink snapdragons and ivy.

Blog Photo - Potted plants - one pot

But our landscaper friend Blaine brought us some bulbs and pansies to put in pots in early May.

Container planting is the only gardening I do these days, so I was happier than a pig in mud.

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The hyacinth and daffodils bloomed heartily and died back. But the pansies kept blooming.

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And blooming.

Blog Photo - Pansy yellow

Blog Photo - Pansies on verandah - two pots

The rain beat the flowers down, but they’d spring back soon after.

Blog Photo - Pansies on ledge

Mid-July and they’re still blooming.

So here’s to the indomitable Pansy.

Blog Photo - Pansies Blue

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Long may you live!

For fascinating facts about the pansy, or viola:

http://www.gardenherbs.org/simples/violet_pansy.htm