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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Gods of the Garden



With mid summer's heat comes the beauty and perseverance of the one and only Globe Thistle. These magnificent sculptures sit unnoticed in the early spring, surrounded by plants in early bloom. Spring arms and tendrils grow around them, providing a bit of shade with blasts of warm light. Others come and admire the beauty of the Spring bounty, fawning over hues of greens and yellows, blasts of pinks and purples. But no one notices the lurking royalty underneath. They confidently know their place, and they wait patiently for their time of glory. Come late July, when many have faded, the Kings and Queens of endurance rise up, and explode with purple crowns. As others fade around them, shriveling, yearning for water, the Globe Thistles stand strong, inviting hummingbirds and butterflies to their crowns. Their strength and beauty does not entice them to put themselves above any others that fade as they still stand, for they know in due time they too shall drop their beautiful purple crowns and returned unnoticed to the earth.

8 comments:

Lee Beth said...

They are really cool.

bbmowery said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

Sharon said...

wow Katherine...what a beautiful sentiment...like a lovely little poem and a glimpse of something from a secret garden. thanks for the sparkle in my day today!

maccandace said...

These photos look like they are of a fairy wonderland! Beautiful, and the kitty is a bonus.

Kelly said...

So beautiful, the blue thistles, the green leaves, and the yellow kitty.

Paula said...

Oh my, these are just wonderful.

Off now to check my local nursery for globe thistle.......I'm gonna get me some of those !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan Dutton said...

These are so beautiful! I only have one ~ got to get a bunch! xoxo

Apifera Farm said...

This arid terrain is perfect for these. They like neglect. I had some in Minn [to Paula] so you might find them - might not winter over, or get this massive. I grew these all from seed over a two year period!

Thanks for writing everyone.

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