Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Garden's Second Wind

The first two weeks of August were cold and grey and rainy. It was so gloomy that my solar-powered fiber-optic glow light didn't even come on at night. The tomatos were shivering and sulkily refused to ripen.
But the last two weeks have been gorgeous and hot and sunny. The tomatos are feeling much better, and the roses and nasturtiums have found a new reason to bloom again.
The symbolic meaning of this pink rose is simply "happiness". What could be more perfect?
And the meaning of nasturtiums is "victory in battle and conquest" which seems odd for such a short-lived blossom.
This post has taken me 45 minutes to do, mostly because I can't figure out how to first of all add a second picture, and secondly, how to arrange the pictures. And preview looks nothing like the real post. Aaargh! (Technology can sure blow away all the serentity you get from both art and nature, can't it?) So Iwill leave you with a poem, and go and do some yoga to rebalance my chi.
Kind hearts are the garden,
kind thoughts are the root,
kind words are the blossoms,
kind deeds are the fruit


Marina Montanaro said...

Nasturtium's meaning makes me think of the Greek hero Achilles, who choose a life short but full of glory.

Beautiful drawings, I love them.

Wishing you more sunny days so you can draw more flowers (and perhaps the tomatoes)!

Love and chocolate,
Mus Marina

Its about art and design said...

Very pretty. I like the delicate colors.

I've never won an argument with the blogger format either.

Anonymous said...

This is just wonderful and makes such garden moments precious---the site looks great! winna

nanke's stuff said...

The flowers you've drawn are splendid! I especially love the rose buds. Well done!! nancy

Anonymous said...

Lovely flowers Lynn..especially the rosebuds!

Unknown said...

Great post Cordelia!

As for putting the pictures where you want them, I usually just put the photos in however they may be, and then go to the "Edit HTML" tab, cut and paste them to where I want! Just highlight the html code for the photo, right click "cut", then paste where you need it.

Melissa S. said...

Lovely! The rosebuds are so sweet. Nicely done.

Shirley said...

These are both lovely paintings. Don't flowers make you feel so happy!

Ann said...

Lovely paintings!
And I thought it was just me not getting along with blogger formatting pictures. Well, it's a wonderful post anyway :-)

Anonymous said...

Ah, but ultimately WE win because we get to see your flowers with their bright colors, nice shadowing, and well done textures in leaves. But I know what you mean about Blogger posting - yet to try the updated Blogger version with option to post more than one image at a time. You're more courageous...

Leah said...

how interesting about the meaning of nasturtiums!

and such lovely artwork!

JGG said...

from another challenged blogger!!!
I went through your entire blog - have you done that lately? You would see how much you've grown in your art. Don't ever stop!

MaryO said...

These are lovely! I'm glad you were able to get them posted