Wednesday, 16 February 2011
One door opens...and one needs to shut.
The first 'drop' to appear in our garden. ↑
Muscari 'Baby's Breath' - just peeking thru ↑
↑ Crocus with their jackets closed...they've not opened yet to show the saffron.
↑ Eranthis Hyemalis (or winter aconite) in bloom.
Aren't they so pretty? I love their ballerina skirts!
↑ Echinops 'Blue Glow' with brand new furry leaves.
This is the plant with the globe-shaped blue ball flowers.
I love this!
↑ Allium 'Globemaster' in full leaf.
The flower bud and stem won't be up until around May. A long wait...but really really worth it. Bees love the flowers.
These are fab. The flower head gets bigger and bigger.
Each flower bud opens up like a little star and stretches out over the top of the already opened buds, creating a huge globe by the time it's done.
The power of plants and their habit amazes me. This is the part of spring and summer I look forward to the most. I absolutely revel in watching plants hatch into full bloom. It doesn't matter what kind of plant...grass, bulb, wild, hybrid...all have so much to offer the eye and I'm ready to take it all in and to find my inspiration for soap in all of the plants I grow and love.
Not just in my garden either...outside on our walks by the river...up in the hills...in the woods...wherever we end up this coming year you can be sure I'll write about it, Tweet about it, Facebook it, Blog it.
Actually...maybe not all of those things. This whole social media thing is becoming a bit of a joke to me, personally.
I was just having a think last night about all the things I do on the internet and to be really honest, most of it has started to make me annoyed and even sad at times.
I do it and have followed the masses and become part of a cyber world I can't say I care for too much.
It's ridiculous. I have a Blackberry...so when it flashes red it means I either have a mention on Facebook or Twitter or it means I have an email to read. I don't want this! I want my peace back. A while ago, my phone broke and I had to wait for a new one. Lemme just tell you...those few days were bliss. NO flashing lights, NOBODY asking me a question about soap or whatever. NOTHING. NO BOTHER.
Then the new phone arrived...and I'm back on it like a lunatic.
I can't take this anymore. I want out. BUT, I've made friends and acquaintances and have become part of what I feel is an imaginary world. I know...I know these people are real, but I hope you get what I mean. It's not like knocking on a friends door and really laughing about life together is it? Or that spur of the moment thing. Everything you write has passed already.
So...what I'm saying is I like my real life better. I prefer my reality to my cyber.
I don't know how to make it turn around, but I am going to make an effort to leave my phone alone and to just get on with all that I do without unnecessary invasion.
I don't mind the emails so much. People can write a little more than the 140 character allowance you get on Twitter.
I like to interact, don't get me wrong...but there has to be a cull on all of these apps.
I'm excited about the prospect of some peace and to gain inspiration from all the nature on my doorstep.
It's time for change.