09 May 2012
This post is dedicated to Amy who nominated me for two awards: Kreativ Blogger Award (I was nominated and accepted this award in my 19 April post, visit here) and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. See Amy at her blog “The World is a Book,” just click here.
Here are the rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
- First, acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page. (Check)
- Next, list 7 things about yourself (see below).
- Last, pass the award to 7 bloggers who inspire you (see below).
Seven things about me:
1. I’m a vegetarian.
2. I do not have T.V. service, but I’m not a Luddite.
3. Arugula (yum) is grown year-round in my garden.
4. I work daily in my gardens.
5. While no board game will ever replace my affinity for Scrabble, a friend just introduced me to WELDER. It’s going to be a blast.
6. Hummingbirds and house wrens are two of my favorite parts of spring’s arrivals.
7. Snoopy is my guy.
It is my pleasure to nominate the following bloggers for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award (in no particular order). Each nominee deserves this award for their inspirational and spiritual work. Please visit their sites.
Gracie at http://framesandfocus.wordpress.com
Matthew at http://photolord.com
The Island Traveler at http://thismansjourney.net
Suzie at http://suziebluephoto.wordpress.com
Anne at http://zenandgenki.com
Otto at http://munchow.wordpress.com
Now I want to spread my enthusiasm for the first of the season’s Oriental poppies. Whether a single flower or meadow-like swatches this dainty flower head has a delicate display of beauty. Their paper-thin petals are saturated with hues that pop. Even the softer colors are appealing with the light of a Spring day capturing their magic. You have to savor the poppy (P. orientale), because its extravagance fades quickly, leaving the center to stand in remembrance.
On a photo shoot with my grandson last weekend a small garden of mixed Spring flowers grabbed our attention. The pink and red poppies were slightly bending in a light breeze.
In the Lens section are the first of the poppies that dazzled my senses. The outer petals of the red poppy were awash in splashes of black that were brushed with care upward toward the sky. The center of each quietly mounted shades of purple. Each poppy having its own personality. They stood three-feet high and were impatient to poise for me.
That highly-cultivated area was our first stop at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens. The mid-season bounty of their others gardens were beaming with newly-blooming shades and shapes. We had our choice of several areas with spaces designed for native plants, wetlands, woodlands, and even areas with color trials. It’s splendrous.
The small meadow garden was, by far, the most enticing. But as the season ambles toward summer, each visit will reward with expected and unexpected flora. Each one doing its best to be the best. My effort is one of voyeur–a voyeur who records the exuberance of these beautifully-rendered botanic gardens.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.