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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Flower for the Day Phlox 3-23-17

There are several beds of phlox within the gnome gardens which have begun to bloom in the last few days.
The colors are vibrant. Phlox is from the Greek - flame.

The details are amazing.

I had not seen the purple spots on the white petals before this close up.

Denel Kessler
Denel Kessler
Mar 15, 2016

The Mountain keeps all secrets. Crusted lichen on timeworn boulders. High altitude longing for alpine daisies. Carefree blossoms, long ago plucked, gone to seed, restless in the fertile ground.  Wildflowers bloom shortly sweet, fleeting paintbrush to layered canvas. Fairy slippers lost on crumbling doorsteps. Glacier lilies pressed between avalanched pages.  Forget-me-nots in forgotten blue hollows. The common harebell feels anything but common when seen through a lover's eyes. Forest tiger, your bulbs taste bitter. Purple lupines sage with fuzzy-leafed logic.  Fireweed, erect, unadorned, eternally reaching. Lousewort, spreading phlox, leave this scarlet alone.  Listen to Indian Henry, it's bad luck to trample what is sacred. The devil dreams behind steep and sheltered walls. Keep to the Wonderland, bypass this Trail of Shadows.  Seek ancient hunting grounds, steadfast shelter in the wooded clearing.  There is no pearly everlasting along these old trails.  Paradise lost may never be regained.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flower for the Day Periwinkle 3-22-17

The periwinkle (Vinca minor) has been blooming foe more than a month. The purple beds surround the east and west sides of the house. I love vinca as a ground cover because it stays green all winter and blooms twice a year. It stays low and does not climb the trees. This vinca bed is more than 70 yards long.

It is impressive close up - beauty growing old.

Lyrics of your smile

Your beauty sings harmony with a cantata sunrise, euphoric melodies in viola and piccolo lingering 'pon a lavender haze of periwinkle whispers, symphonic poetry afloat of dawn's breezes, ecstasy in tangerine desires, wafting concertos of passion as I listen quietly to my day once again beginning with the perfect lyrics of your smile

Copyright © Chris Green | Year Posted 2016 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Flower for the Day The Gnomes want Out 3-13-17

The gnomes winter over in the garage. They have watched with interest as the gardens are getting ready with cutting the grasses, blowing the leaves,  and mulching with some organic concoction called Black-Gold.
They told me last Friday that they were ready to come out to their garden. It was a beautiful March day.

I told them to be careful what they wished for:

They are still smiling.

Prabhu Iyer
Prabhu Iyer
Oct 28, 2014

Carved in stone, lost in time,
freezing my parted smile,

Peering down into the unknown,
I sit next to you, toting my arms:

Where is the world
that breathed you to life?

On this lonely peak, tires
upon tires of hopes and dreams
retreat into the the terraced
spirals of mists; Every mystical
dawn dissolves into the lakes.

Gnomes bear the burden of
mysterious gates to the beyond,
as whispers tiptoe to strains
of the Quijongo.

Here epochs and worlds end.
And counts begin all over again.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Flower for the Day Daffodils II 3-9-17

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Flower for the Day Hyacinth 3-8-17

These hyacinths came up almost overnight. They are old friends and constant.

It is exciting to watch as the petals unfurl almost in real time.

"If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
alone to thee are left,
Sell one & from the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul"
- Muslihuddin Sadi,
13th Century Persian Poet

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Don's Blog St Louis Symphony Special Open Rehearsal

My friend Dave lives in E, coloradostes Park and was able to visit this week. On Thursday we went to a friends 
of the Symphony Event at Powell Hall. I was an Open Rehearsal and filled the lower level. Dave and I sat in the second open row on the right. The musicians put their instrument cases in the first few rows.

Here you can see the pre-start tune-up with the St Louis symphony Chorus in the background. To the left of the podium in the brick red shirt is Concertmaster and First Violin David Halen. David runs the Innsbrook Music festival in the summer.
The practise was run by guest conductor Sir Andrew Davis. They started by playing Belshazzar's Feast which William Walton wrote in 1929 at the age of 27. The words sung by the chorus were shown on the white screen 
behind the orchestra.

They played this mesmerizing piece straight through without stopping. Belshazzar of Babylon commanded his followers to drink from the sacred vessels taken from the temple of the Jews. In the midst of the revelry "as they  feasted came forth fingers of a man's hand and the King saw the part of the hand that wrote: "MENE.MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN" "THOU ART WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE AND FOUND WANTING". And then Belshazzar is slain -SLAIN! - the chorus almost shouts as Babylon falls and the Jews are delivered. The piece gets inside your body. After this the conductor turned and asked the chorus director Amy Kaiser for her reactions and they worked on three minor parts.

There was a 20 minute intermission and the chorus left. Most of us went to the lobby for cookies and drinks. It reminded me of an intermission at a Blues hockey game - only th audience here was on average 40 years older.


After the intermission the conductor and the orchestra worked on one piece: Edward Elgar's Falstaff-
Symphonic study in c minor, op.68. They worked long and hard with many re-plays. At one time the conductor turned to the audience and said," I know this is very boring, but we have to do it."

For me it was an evening of great entertainment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Crocus 2-28-17

 Finally the purple crocci have bloomed. I love deep purple.

And Lavender.


Bright sunny day in March  Snow-drops and crocuses flower  On luscious grass  

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2010