Sunday, June 26, 2005

Oriental Poppy

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Among the few non-native flowers we have growing near our "Temple Of The Lost Civilization" (see April 3rd post) is an Oriental Poppy which just opened the first blossoms this morning.

This picture is for you dragonfly183, I went out and took it right after reading your comment this morning at the June 2nd Native Garden picture, and thinking maybe I'd better check in! Thanks for your concern!

I think I'm starting to get a bit better, I've been riding my bicycle everyday, sometimes as much as 6 miles, but I still can't walk very far without aggravating my right leg to the point of ruining the rest of my day.

Sorry I haven't been posting lately but I'm just not comfortable sitting at the computer for very long so I've ordered one of those yoga exercise balls (thanks to advice from our friend Susan of the Boston School ) to see if I can use it as a more comfortable alternative to a chair. Posted by Hello

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Giant Lupine

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This close-up picture (see enlarged photo) reveals the intricate detail of the of the blossoms along the 4 1/2 foot tall native Lupinus polyphyllus flower stalks gracing our Native Plant Habitat this morning. Posted by Hello

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Native Garden This Morning

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How the native plant garden looked this morning. Posted by Hello

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Indigenous Woman Statue

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We have a new resident by our waterfall, I found her at a yard sale over Memorial Day week-end.
Send a comment and help us name her (but please, not the too famous Pocahontas or Sacajawea).

Thank you all for your comments they have been very helpful.

We liked them all and I especially liked "Wats-a-moie" (Osage for "one who travels") because the Serrano people, who once inhabited this forest, traveled here in the summers and moved back to lower elevations in the winter.

We also liked "Grandmother" and "Woman Of The Earth" very much and "Keeper Of The Garden" too.

As commentor 'caribou raisin' knows, Nancy Drury was the name of my 100% Cherokee great-great grandmother on my mother's side of the family, so I was leaning toward something related to Grandmother.

Chief Seattle once said "The Earth Does Not Belong To Us, We Belong To The Earth", and I couldn't agree more.

It is often said that we humans are the stewards of the Earth but our history, and ever escalating destructiveness, proves that to be absurd.

Yet there have been human cultures (and still are to a small extent) who consider all the species and elements of the Earth (and the universe for that matter) as their "relations"---all one family united as the living spirit of a place.

Peggy and I identify with this idea so we've decided to combine several of your suggestions into the name for our lovely weathered garden statue.

Grandmother---Spirit Of The Garden

Now if I only knew how to say that in Serrano or Cherokee! Posted by Hello

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