95 The Uncut Spirit. A garden bouquet for Granny’s 112th birthday.

Lilian Audrey Mason born May 30 1903

Especially for my maternal grandmother. A bouquet with the living spirits of English wilderness, the uncut garden. Her character was that of May flowers – inwardly strong and outwardly soft. Her qualities: patience, kindness, generosity, humour, constancy, solidarity and  love. Her youth was in the giddy time of the Twenties flappers. She carried light luggage wherever she went, bringing brightness, calm, contentment, balance and immense respect and regard. Flowers may fade, but memories last.

From the English garden, here is apple blossom with a young deer in lushest grass,  buzzy bee in the azalea, mysterious magnolia,  funny face pansy and foliage from my mother’s walled garden, beautiful peony and unwrapping poppy.

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© 2015 La Floralie


94 La Floralie’s first 12 months.

Spring breathes deeply, in and out. With rhythmic precision the seasons follow and effect our land to rise strongly with the sun, and fall gently like the rain.

One gradually realises that nothing is in transition, Nature’s technology is constant. Its essence moves across our world exactly like breathing.

MAY

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OCTOBER

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DECEMBER

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MARCH

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93 From the floating of nothingness

The rush for the light. Isn’t that what we all wait for? When May comes, after so very long last, it arrives in not bundles, but the canopies of the tree leaf. Green beautiful tree leaf, the domed “Grand Palais” of summer, Nature’s own parasol, brolly  and even a light Spring showerhead all rolled into one.

Out of bare and dull branches,  the air of Winter’s floating nothingness gradually found its destiny. Only after first blossom, May defines its role with a sudden, almost overwhelming abundance of verdancy. No longer wondering where to go, what to cling to, where to escape from,  all  airspace becomes busy. Nothing is not nothing for very long.

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© 2015 La Floralie

89 Best moments of Chelsea Flower Show 2015: Show Gardens and Space Biology

THE SHOW GARDENS

The Royal Chelsea Flower in London ended yesterday. I followed it with pleasure on television, wishing I could be there, but got so much satisfaction from just watching the highlights each day. Incredible.

So from the UK here is the link to the videos.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/videos

PLANTS IN SPACE

One aspect which was shown which illustrates the diversity of the show was an area entitled “Rocket Science”, sponsored by the UK Space Agency. This sought to explore and encourage schoolchildren to participate in gardening and consider ideas for our future colonisation in space, for which relevant plants from the simplest algae will be crucial. Fascinating.

http://press.rhs.org.uk/RHS-Outreach/Press-releases/RHS-Boldly-Goes-Where-None-Have-Gone-Before—Turn.aspx