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"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace." - from May Sarton's "Journals".
Thanks to guests Sarah and John Calvin of Scottsdale for sharing the gentle reminder of the graceful blessing of our elemental nature. |
This season many people have been intrigued by a large exotic looking plant(below)in the front terrace. They are fascinated by it and have
many, many questons. The plant is the castor oil plant, ricinus communis, and is indigenous to the southeastern Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa,
and India, but is widespread throughout tropical regions (and widely grown elsewhere as an ornamental plant). For more information
go to its Wikipedia page.
No one around here has ever seen any as large as these. The puffball flowers turn
into chambered spiny balls inside of which are the castor beans. I suppose you could throw the pods down just as they are but we break them
apart to plant the beans - very unusual and glorious. Just wait until you see our holiday decorations this year and they re-surface. . .|
In the meantime, please enjoy the glorious beauty of the fall gardens!
We had a wedding in the gardens recently and we planted some miniature roses for the occasion.|
Even in Winter the magic continues. We are fortunate that sometimes the gardens bloom in snow.
Click here for the perfect winter day.