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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wordless Wednesday a Couple of Days Late and With Some Words

A relaxing moment brought to you by Dig Nursery on Vashon Island about which I'll share more soon.


 If you're chomping at the bit to hear more about DIG!  Check out their site here, Danger Garden's visit here, and my previous post here.  In the meantime, aren't these floating peonies lovely?

 
 
Silent Noon

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass,—
   The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
   Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
'Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
   Are golden kingcup fields with silver edge
   Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.

Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fiy
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky:—
   So this wing'd hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
   When twofold silence was the song of love.

                                Dante Gabriel Rossetti




 
May you have a happy and peaceful Friday!
 
Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of the Rossetti text is gorgeous!
 
 

28 comments:

  1. You're right about the Williams setting of Rossetti text! The concrete (?) "peony-bath" is beautiful.

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    1. I think that the birds were concrete but the bath itself was stone. If I only had space for it... Glad you liked the Vaughan Williams!

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  2. Peaceful images, lovely words. But you should get a prize for the post title.

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    1. I was in a hurry last night and had to come up with something fast.

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  3. Those peony flowers floating in the birdbath were so lovely. And what a beautiful poem, it's not that often that I can actually get images from poetry, but that one worked. Happy Friday to you too! I hope you have a great weekend, that you have some time to do some peaceful, no-pressure puttering in your garden (if that's what you want). We're slated for good weather, at least on Saturday, according to the weather gurus.

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    1. I love the Rossetti's work (Dante Gabriel and his sister Christina.) Should be a fun weekend! Hope you enjoy it too!

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  4. Wonderful post! I love those peonies. There have been some insane ones coming up from monrovia this year. The field beside my work grows peonies for cut flower sales. It has been quite something driving by everyday.

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    1. There is something special about flowers floating on water in a garden. Must be wonderful to see so many peonies every day!

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  5. How did you know Vaughan Williams was my fave (listening to Sancta Civitas as I type this)!

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    1. I'm musically psychic;) Glad you like RVW!

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  6. Speed dating for peonies? They seem to have floated into pairs. "happy and peaceful" is a good thing to aim for. Thanks, and same to you.

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    1. Being peonies, they are very poetic in their courting. I imagine that they recite something like "Love's Philosophy" by Shelley to woo each other.

      The fountains mingle with the river
      And the rivers with the ocean,
      The winds of heaven mix for ever
      With a sweet emotion;
      Nothing in the world is single;
      All things by a law divine
      In one another's being mingle.
      Why not I with thine?—


      See the mountains kiss high heaven
      And the waves clasp one another;
      No sister-flower would be forgiven
      If it disdained its brother;
      And the sunlight clasps the earth
      And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
      What are all these kissings worth
      If thou kiss not me?

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    1. They were lovely indeed. Happy weekend to you as well, Satu!

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  8. How clever - never seen this type of thing before. And peace-out!

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  9. dear og, what a lot you gave in this post: first the title, I laughed and laughed, just love the anarchic sentiments! Then images, poetry and music - all excellent. Perfect way to start my Saturday and put off going shopping.

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    1. I'm always happy to help with any kind of procrastination!

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  10. One day I'm going to have the courage to cut off a few peony blooms and float them in a birdbath. How beautiful is that! Gorgeous photos, gorgeous moment, thanks :)

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    1. Thanks Rosemary! It helps that these peonies were cut flowers to begin with. I sometimes float flowers that have fallen from plants or are part of pruning.

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  11. Marvelous pictures! What beautiful blooms!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.