'Tis Spring! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!* i am reveling in the glorious sunshine and chilly breezes (the crocus hardly dare open). The last of the Grand Soleil d'Or paper white narcissus (literally "sun gold" for those who, like me, have no clue when it comes to French) are celebrating with us. Fat daffodils buds are out in the garden just waiting.
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* My little voice often pipes up with this phrase from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, ever since i memorized the poem as it was put to music by a 1960's trio called (i think i remember it correctly) "The 3 D's" (three guys with brilliant voices who sang familiar as well as original folk songs). They were famous amongst our community of listeners in small western towns and cities when i was young. i haven't thought of them for decades...until composing a post on this fine spring day. Sadly, Googling the group's name yields no results...i wonder where i stashed those old LP's, if i even have that one anymore...i wonder where i can buy a new needle for my old turntable...
Those of you who live in the south or California or England or Australia (?) are blessed with these marvelous flowers in your gardens (at least when a terrible drought doesn't take them away from you) i must enjoy camelias in Greenwood's greenhouse. the fragrance is just well it touches my soul and carries me to places i wish i could live forever. If only i could give you a scratch-n-sniff post. Click on any of the images to see a larger version, if you wish
From the Huntington Botanical Gardens web site:
"Camellia lutchuensis. The most sweetly fragrant of the camellia species, lutchuensis is a small shrub with dainty white blooms, small pointed leaves and tiny seed capsules. It has been used extensively since the early 1960's as a breeding parent in efforts to incorporate its aroma into hybrids with more attractive blossoms. A few successful crosses have been made."
Other web sites report that since its flowers are so small, in comparison to other, scentless species, it is less popular.
As always, the big, bold and brassy beat out fragrant and sweetly small almost every time.
It took more than the 7 days i predicted but the tommies are out! Even though i had determined that i would create fresh banners for each season i think this one is really cute so i had to use it again. i did freshen up the type!
Nothing revives and refreshes like citrus in winter. This glorious little kumquat that i found on one of the potted trees at Greenwood seemed to deserve a place on the mantle near some of the other art found in the house. They are the largest and roundest ones i've ever seen...