Monday, July 03, 2006

Oriental Beauty...


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A gorgeous non-native drought-adapted Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) graces Earth Home Garden at 8:35 this morning.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous pablo said...

It is worthy to pause and consider the contributions non-natives can make to our land.

Happy Holiday!

1:40 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

What a beautiful flower!

Happy Independence Day, Happy Birthday America, Happy 4th of July!!! I hope you all enjoy your celebrations!

7:04 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

MMMM, one of my favorites

8:18 AM  
Blogger Birsen Şahin said...

Dear Jim and Peggy, I think I'm getting a fan of your site day by day, as I'm visiting for app 5 to 6 months. The pictures you put are really wonderfull. The last I visited your site was the 26th of May. You have added a lot of things. Meanwhile, I'm carzy of your lifestyle, may be I'll succed once to have a garden where I plant dozens of nice flowers, as I allready bought a house, but have not finished yet. But, I do have hope : )

I'm sorry I cannot wish you a happy Independence Day due to I face a lot dirty things of U.S. around the world, like ıraqi. But, wish you a good life and no war.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

pablo, sonia and dragonfly-

Thank you all...

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

birsen sahin-

Thank you so much for visiting Earth Home Garden and for your nice words.

I have visited the first blog on your list and while I don't know the language, I looked at the pictures you have posted and it's obvious that you are active in promoting peace and against the American occupation of Iraq.

My wife and I too are against the war, and have marched the streets in protest. I have also posted several critical commentaries on the Bush Administraions polices at this blog and I hope you read some of them.

Because of my country's current involvement in Iraq and a general disregard of democratic principles when negotiating with the rest of the world, Peggy and I no longer celebrate Independence Day, or Columbus Day for that matter.

While I was sorry to see the government of Turkey lending support to George Bush before the war, I was very encouraged when the Turkish people stood up and said No!

In America, more than half the people don't want war but those in office are very rich and powerful, caring much more for money and power, than for people, or life on earth itself.

We try to stay positive in today's mean-tempered world by focusing on the beauty in life to keep our spirits up, while at the same time, doing what we can to spread the truth about what our government really does at home and around the world.

Most Americans believe what they see on the television news and look no farther for the truth.

Many of the worlds governments are highly corrupt, but my government is the one I'm responsible for.

My elected representatives are supposed to voice my opinion, but they don't because they truly only represent the rich and powerful which is destroying democracy in America.

And while humans are busy killing each other and destroying the natural world, I can't help but see how beautiful that natural world still is.

And that's what I need to share, because, if we can't see, and treasure, and nurture, the natural beauty & diversity of this world, maybe we deserve the horrors we are heaping upon each other.

Let's hope that, in some near future, all humans wake up and fall in love with this living planet.

And I hope you get your home finished soon and grow a lovely garden full of food and flowers.

Peace to you...

Jim

9:42 AM  
Blogger Birsen Şahin said...

Dear Jim,

I thank you very much for visiting my blog, keeping in mind you don'tunderstand anyword Turkish, I really aprreciate your visit for hours : )

"Düşlerim" means "My Dreams".

It should be great if you could understand all the poems, novels, political critics but I think you have got an idea about what I'm saying. I speak and write English but I think it will be very difficult to translate a poem for me.

I thank you very much for adding my blog as a link to yours, you've given me the idea that I could to it too, as your garden is really wonderfull and also the way of your life. If you do not accept this, pls let me know.

On the otherhand I'm visiting your blog for months, I know very much about you, your way of life, your son(especially the accident he had, God thank he's good now) etc. etc... so, you are not a foreigner for me:), it's just like a neighbourhood. What does distance mean if mind say the same? "Let people be human and let world be world" I allways say.

Wish you a good day and say hello to Peggy on my behalf.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Tabor said...

You really must make this into an art poster and sell copies of it at your local art fair. The detail is super.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

tabor-

Well I should probably photoshop out the bicycle wheel first.

;~)

7:26 PM  
Blogger David said...

hey the bicycle wheel is my favorite part

10:23 PM  
Blogger TDharma said...

beautiful poppy...i always enjoy your photos -- the bike trips are great and I feel as if I've actually been in your neighborhood. Makes me want to check out that part of the world. Not too far from here.

i also love sleeping outdoors even though, and perhaps because, the night sky is so distracting and enthralling, that sleep usually is delayed because I just can't stop LOOKING UP.

9:55 AM  

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