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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Earth Laughs In Flowers

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spring and fall in Texas, with their cool weather,
remind me of the French summer weather and entice me to plant
flowers like those in French gardens and flower boxes.

Embellishments adorn the garden,
inspired by French architectural garden details,
to enhance the 
pansy, lavender, mint,
rosemary, lobelia, oxalis,
plumbago, blue sage, lantana...

Little metal markers remind plants who they are,
lest they forgot while they
languished all summer in stifling
 temperatures in the 90s and 100s.



Calliope loves the cooler days and rests beneath the ivy and 
beside the limestone heart.



The weathered-green brass watering can sprinkler
promised rain would come again.



The brass bunny hose guard is at home 
guarding the pansies instead of hoses.



Oxalis blooms and leaves envelop
their French iron adornment. 




Rosemary, the bravest of all,
continued to grow and flourish all summer,


yet still reaches for its 
bird
even more in October.



Revived in October,
the best weather month in North Texas,

flowers lift their faces, smile anew,
flaunt their most vibrant colors,
and toss their heads
for us to view.

"Earth laughs in flowers"
Ralph Waldo Emerson


October days beckon us to delight in
blue skies
horizon to horizon,
reflected in
blue plumbago,

flush with new growth.



Breathe in the cooler air.

Refresh and renew your spirit as 
the earth rejoices in its coming rest.


 Feathered Nest Friday linking party.


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