Monday, May 31, 2010
"I know where wild forget-me-nots wade
Along the edge of clear running water
Where a great blue heron stands at sunrise.
I have listened to the first spring peepers
And have counted the varied and tender
Greens of spring, from pale of willow
To dark of pine.
I have walked on pine needle carpets
And on spongy green moss
In sunlight and shade
I know a woodland pool
Hidden from sight by giant ferns
Where mayapples unfurl their green umbrellas
Beneath a stone lantern,
And the small face of the hepatica
Holds a drop of blue sky.
I have uncovered the damp sweetness
And felt the south wind brush across my face
Bearing a hint of rain and flower gardens.
I have seen the scarlet tanager
In the topmost branches of the tulip tree
And the marsh wren in her house
Beneath the lemon lilies.
I know a pond at evening,
Where ducks trail silver threads in their wake.
Trout jump, and fireflies appear
Above the water.
I have seen the whipporwill
Silhouetted on a dusky sky
And heard his song of summer magic
While standing in bright moonlight
Watching shadows cast by giant pines.
I have felt the mystery of heaven
And the joy of earth--
And I know what I know--
These are the things to remember."
Saturday, May 29, 2010
A new garden has been added since we were here last. Glad to see George Washington Carver has been honored with a place here! A national monument at his homestead is here in SW Missouri not far from us.
On to the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, where we learn about ideas for our home gardens, and get all our garden questions answered!
The hosta garden at Kemper
I love the sculptures!
Some of everything is grown here, trials, experiments, new plants
Yummy looking lettuces! Beautiful!
River Birches. Love the peeling bark!
A great way to plant a container! The chard and other veggie greens are so beautiful with the flowers.
The Chinese garden is next, small but lovely.
The walk is embedded with mosaics of all sorts of flowers and bird pebble art.
Pomegranate flower and fruit
The Chinese have reverence for rock
Interesting upright dwarf banana. Musella lasiocarpa
Leaving the Chinese Garden, sculpture of sheep
Rainbow Knockout Roses
The Herb Garden
The dry creek
The DinoQuest exhibit was going on in the Climatron, unfortunately we were out of time and the Garden was nearing closing time so we had to miss this and the temperate house. Next time!
The rock garden outside the Temperate House
Tiny Dutch elm in the rock garden. It wasn't over 4' tall!
Ulmas x Hollandica "Jacqueline Hillier"
Chihouly glass sculpture. The light was behind it so I couldn't capture its brilliant blue. Amazing piece of work!