Saturday, August 30, 2008

Indoor comforts

The faithful companion.

The hearth.

Under the stairs

Wind chimes.

Different wind chimes.

Klompen in the sun. That would be a good name for a novel.

Little things in the foliage

More views

If I back up the viewer a bit, you see that the deck is perhaps untidy.

Let's not call this messy, let's not call it untidy . . .

. . . let's call it rustic.

Nice to sit in the sun on the south side of the house.

Back yard views

Willow tree.

The neighbors' cat.

What I can see sitting on my deck, looking to the right. . .

. . . looking to the left.

Pin Oak trunk



This globe is for getting roots on cuttings. You put water in it, then put a cutting in it so that the cutting will grow roots in the water. I have never sucessfully accomplished getting roots on a cutting this way, but I think thie glass globe in its now-weathered copper frame is pretty for its own sake.

Here's the whole apparatus.

My brother Dan gave me this hummingbird feeder.

Manneken Pis fountain

The manneken pis.

Sunlight on the water.

The manneken pis in action.




The herb barrel. Thyme in the bottom foreground, rosemary in the bottom left, lemon balm top rear, and Italian parsley top right; tarragon in the middle.

Close-up of thyme leaves in the sun.

Some contortions of the contorted filbert.

Lavender blue, dilly, dilly

English lavender, with a sundial in the background. How lovely is that?

A profusion of English lavender (with some heliotrope behind it).

A profusion of French lavender.

My lavender may not be shaped just right, it may not be well-trimmed, but it is profuse.

And here's a nice nursery rhyme to go with it:

Lavender blue, dilly, dilly,
Lavender green.
When I am king, dilly, dilly,
You shall be queen.

Impatiens and sun

Impatiens blooms.

The sunlight through the stairs makes geometric patterns on the barrels of impatiens and creeping jenny.

Closer in on the sunlight patterns.

More calla lily leaves

Look how those leaves gleam.

The light shines through the veins of this leaf and make it striped.

Here's the whole set-up, barrel, calla lily, variegated pink-and-green leaf plants.

Calla lily leaves

The fuchsia blooms' shadows fall on the leaf of the calla lily.

The calla lily from the other side, with the sun shining through some of the leaves.

This big, transparent green leaf has a little glimpse of red at the top of the stem. That's a fuchsia bloom that fell onto the leaf.

Here is the bloom resting on the big leaf.

Variegated leaves

I like this shot of four pots along the wall.

A closer look at the leaves. I can't remember what this plant is called. I buy it almost every year; it's an annual. The folk name is something like "stained glass windows."

I don't remember what these are called, either, but I love that pink color in the green leaves.

They are in the pot under the calla lily. The lilies' big dark leaves contrast with the spotted plant in the sunlight. Pretty.