Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
-- Molly Bawn, 1878
We garden for many reasons and behold the fruits of our labor. Flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits are the rewards of our gardening efforts. The colorful and textural sights and wafting fragrance also bring us pleasure in the garden.
|Tiger Swallowtail on Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'|
I am joining Carol of May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out what other garden bloggers have blooming from all over the world.
|Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan|
As the seasons pass and I age with my garden, I see other beauties in the garden--subtle beauty that is but a small whisper. Changes in blooms as they fade, coloring amber and citrine with papery textures and prominent seeds, often inspire me to gasp. All the seasons in the garden offer beauty and interest whether it be the budding stage, the bold and bursting bloom, or the fading into seed heads where petals are lost and foliage sometimes browns.
|Echinacea purpurea "Kim's Knee High'|
Bright red blooms achromatize into soft hues with only a hint of pink.
|Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'|
That which was unwrapped begins to lose its wrapping and fold papery petals downward into a web of oneness that pushes the seeds upward.
|Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum|
Seed heads reach for the sky with elegance and delicate form as if unaware of any loss.
The delicate flowers of tarragon speak in golden hush tones.
|French Tarragon Artemesia drancunculus|
Small bits of nectar can be found in tiny blossoms.
|Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum|
The mighty can be found in the tiniest.
|Oregano Origanum vulgare|
Seed heads simulate blooms.
|Dill Anethum graveolens|
Sometimes there is just enough of a petal to represent its former self.
|Bee Balm Monarda 'Jacob Cline'|
Bronze and copper colors beam against the landscape.
|Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'|
Rosettes are formed of leaflets.
|Hens and Chicks Sempervivium globiferum|
Subtlety is an art with gauzy blooms.
|Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum muticum|
The Big Butterfly Count runs from July 14 to August 5th, 2012. How many butterflies can you spot in your garden?
Helene of Graphicality has awarded The Sage Butterfly the One Lovely Blog Award. I am honored and grateful to receive this award. It is always so nice to receive recognition for all the effort that goes into writing and maintaining a blog, so thank you very much, Helene. The rules require that I share seven things about myself. I will do something a little bit different. My favorite words are:
And the rules require I nominate 10 bloggers to receive this award. Any and all of the listed blogs on the right or the bloggers that comment on this blog are deserving of this award. I enjoy reading of their surprises, their successes, and their creative ways of building and maintaining a garden. Congratulations to all of you!
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