The Garden in August

Masses of these started blooming last week:

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Self did a wee bit of watering:

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Summer’s almost gone.

Stay tuned.

Before I Was Your Slave, Now I Am Your Master: REBECCA, Ch. 21

SPOILER ALERT!

Having discovered that her husband is a murderer, the narrator is exhilarated because at last she has proof positive that he is not still in love with Rebecca!

Well-armoured with that knowledge, she goes calmly snipping roses in the rose-garden.

Then comes the moment of truth: the climactic confrontation with Mrs. Danvers.

It’s over that day’s menu.

The narrator finds it unsatisfactory, so she draws a pencil slash across the whole thing and sends it back to the kitchen. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Danvers materializes to ask why the menu has been sent back.

“I don’t understand,” (Mrs. Danver says)

I looked at her, a rose in my hand.

“Those cutlets and that salmon were sent in yesterday,” I said. “I saw them on the side-board. I should prefer something hot today. If they won’t eat the cold (leftovers) in the kitchen, you had better throw the stuff away. So much waste goes on in this house anyway that a little more won’t make any difference.”

She stared at me. She did not say anything. I put the rose in the vase with the others.

Excellent shade, Narrator. Methinks you are moving from being Alice in Wonderland to becoming Joan of Arc.

Stay tuned.

Words: Rosario Ferré

I write because I am poorly adjusted to reality; because the deep disillusionment within me has given rise to a need to re-create life, to replace it with a more compassionate, tolerable reality. I carry within me a utopian person, a utopian world.

— from the essay The Writer’s Kitchen, Feminist Studies 12, no. 2 (Summer 1986), translated from the Spanish by Diana L. Velez

A minute ago, self decided to google Ferré and learned she had passed away, 18 February 2016. She was 77.

Noooooooo!

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The View Across the Street From the Gallery Bookshop, Main Street, Mendocino, 21 April 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog writers. Stay tuned.

Columns, Part 2: for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s current Fun Foto Challenge is COLUMNS.

This time, instead of going over her archives, self went to the backyard. She’s always drawn to her rose bushes.

In a few days, this column will turn into a spray of red-and-white-striped roses.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Twisted in the Garden

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Betty Boop and Fourth of July roses

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Self is so fascinated by this twisted vine, which was only revealed after she did heavy cutting back of some overgrown bushes:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Place(s) in the World, Real and Imagined

Self’s garden, this morning:

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Cover detail: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, the next book on her reading list

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Place in the World 2: 7:05 pm

Light’s fading. After dinner, self went to the backyard to squeeze off a last round of shots:

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Blown: The first Betty Boop blooms

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Fourth of July Rose

And that’s it for today!

Garden, take a bow.

Other PLACES IN THE WORLD:

Stay tuned.

 

Place in the World: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 9 May 2018

Where do you belong? — Erica V., The Daily Post

Right now, this is self’s place in the world. It’s about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

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Her Frida Kahlo Rose: It’s on the front porch.

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The Backyard Today: ’tis somewhat wild.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

More Unlikely In Self’s Garden

Self’s garden is very much “in process.”

It used to frustrate her: Nothing seemed to grow right.

She left for three years, and this is what it looks like now:

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A wee little rose in a wooden planter box, that looked dead, dead, dead — in a few months of regular watering, is covered with beautiful magenta blooms.

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She forgot how many irises she planted. The ones in the side yard were deep blue. The ones next to the lime tree were white. And these, against a side fence, are lavender and yellow.

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She hung up this wooden angel 20 years ago. At the time she hung it, nothing grew around it. Now, it’s almost completely obscured by a huge bush of yellow beach daisies.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

UNLIKELY: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2 May 2018

This week’s challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely: an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident . . .

— Michelle Weber, The Daily Post

Today, instead of looking through her archives, self decided to take some pictures of her garden.

She’s just back to her house in Redwood City after almost three years. The garden is not the same: it’s a little wilder. But she likes it.

Here are the unexpected survivors:

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Variegated Abutilon: The mother plant died, but two feet away, self discovered these sprouts.

White flowers suddenly began appearing, all along the back fence:

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She thinks these are Viburnum Opulens? They just started blooming. Profusely.

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These yellow beach daisies are amazingly resilient. This bush is about the height of the fence, and it’s been blooming non-stop since February.

OTHER UNLIKELY:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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