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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.