Monday, May 30, 2016

Flower for the Day Lily Memorial Day

This delicate lily showed up in the side yard at the lake for the first time in five years.
Instead of making up a story to explain it I am just enjoying them.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Flower for the Day Daisies 5-29-16

The daisies have been plentiful this year.



And beautiful.


And sooner or later...


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Flower for he Day Peony III 5-26-16

Peonies look great even in white.


                    Late Spring

     This year the moisture has made the
     peonies outside my studio so
     heavy with their beauty that they
     droop to the ground and I think
     of my early love Emily Bronte.

     The cruelty of our different ages
     kept us apart.

     I tie and prop up the peonies
     to prolong their lives,
     just as I would have nursed Emily 
     so she could see another spring.

    Jim Harrison In Search of Small Gods
    Copper Canyon Press   2009

Flower for the Day Peony II 5-25-16

The peonies are in extravagant fragrant bloom.

How can one flower have so many enfolding petals?


Grandma called them pineys, and I don't know why. They
smelled so good, the full lush petals
crowded thick, the whole flower heavy on its stem, the leaves
dark and rich as shade in Chautauqua woods where each spring I
hunted for violets.What could there be to pine for on this earth?
Now I think maybe it was Missouri she missed, and maybe that
was what somebody she knew called peonies there, before she
travelled to Ohio, a sixteen year old bride whose children came
on as fast as field crops and housework. Her flowers saved her,
the way they came up year after year and with only a bit of care
lived tender and pretty,each kind surprising, keeping its own
sweet secret: lily-of-the-valley, iris, and the feathery cosmos,
lilacs in their white and purple curls, flamboyant sweet peas and
zinnias,the bright four o'clocks and delphinium, blue as her 
eyes, and the soft peony flowers edged deep pink.
              In her next lifetime I want my grandmother to
walk slowly through the gardens in England and Kyoto.I want
to be there when she recognizes the flowers and smiles, when
she kneels and takes the pineys in her hands.

Jeanne Lohman. Calls from a Lighted House. Fifthian Press

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fwd: Flower for the Day Dream Come True 5-24


This is a video of the wild flower garden taken by Jan. It shows the  Sweet William delphiniums that have grown tall and daisies and now coreopsis. This is what it is like on a nice May day.
She suggests that you turn the sound off and listen to the music in your head. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Flower for the Day Field Forget-Me-Not 5-23-16

Forget-Me-Nots (Myositis) preceded the delphiniums this year. These delicate tiny beauties are best seen up close.That is not as simple a task as it used to be. This image shows the seed pods that grow along the stem and result in their yearly return.

Memories run together,                          
Some fade away.
Like the seasons of changing weather,
None here to stay.

The long roads we walked
To get to this place.
The ways that we talked,
Sometimes set in our ways.

Forget me not in the winter
When skies have turned to grey.
All the good times together
Shall never go away.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Don's Blog - Hornbein Addresses Medical School Graduates

Our friend Tom Hornbein was in town to address the graduation ceremonies of our medical school (Washington University Medical School).
Tom and his wife Kathy live in Estes Park Colorado. He and my brother Bob went to Cheley Camps there when they were kids and maintained a lifelong friendship. Tom grew up in University City and is in their Hall of Fame. He was a WUMS graduate in 1956.  After training in anesthesia at Barnes Hospital he went to the University of Washington in Seattle where he headed the Department of Anesthesiology for 42 years and was Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine as well as Physiology and Biophysics. His non medical fame comes from his first ascent of the west ridge of Mount Everest in 1963.

Tom's address was  "What's a Metaphfor ?".  Using his Everest Expedition and other experiences as  metaphors  for his life,
he extolled the value of embracing uncertainty as a way to approach life and create value. He described the benefits of going beyond
your comfort zone and how this could produce personal, family, professional, and community satisfaction. His description of participating 
in the peaceful passing of his friend and Expedition teammate, Barry Corbett was inspiring. 
What a privilege it is for our family to know Tom. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Flower for the Day Peony 5-20-16

This is my favorite peony. Its color is richer than rich red. 

Unfortunately this year rain and hail prevailed resulting  in a reality gardening image.

 "It was this big!"

 the girl's fish story

 is a peony.

Issa Haiku paraversed by Robin D. Gill
Summer 2005

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Flower for the Day IrisIV 5-18-16

This  stand if iris is in a field circle guarded by part of Russ Filippello's Master's thesis.
Jan's new purple Adirondack chair is placed in the circle to enjoy the woods.

My Mother's Iris

I sleep under the wing
of night, singing
the long winter

requiem, stealing
purple out of the black
earth. I dream flesh

is made flower, bulb
is made heart, leaf
and stem unfurl

like new flags
breaking into light,
bearding the world again

Jane Vincent Taylor

Flower for the Day IrisIV 5-18-16

This  stand if iris is in a field circle guarded by part of Russ Filippello's Master's thesis.
Jan's new purple Adirondack chair is placed in the circle to enjoy the woods.

Flower for the Day Iris IV 5-18-16

This  stand if iris is in a field circle guarded by part of Russ Filippello's Master's thesis.
Jan's new purple Adirondack chair is placed in the circle to enjoy the woods.

I sleep under the wing
of night, singing
the long winter
requiem, stealing
purple out of the black
earth. I dream flesh
is made flower, bulb
is made heart, leaf
and stem unfurl
like new flags
breaking into light,
bearding the world again.
Jane Vincent Taylor

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Flower for the Day Iris III 5-17-16

The weather has been extreme with way too much rain and occasional hail. This does not always sit well with the delicate irises.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Flower of the Day Iris II 5-16-16

The next few days will be an Iris feast.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flower for the Day Bearded Iris 5-12-16

This iris has been blooming for over a month. It is very hardy having withstood multiple thunderstorms and several hail storms.

A burst of Iris so that come down for breakfast
we searched through the rooms for that
sweetest odor and at first could not find its
source then a blue as of the sea struck
startling us from among those trumpeting petals
William Carlos Williams

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Flower for the Day Columbine 5-11-16

We have had a ton of columbines this year. Although the cultivars are very showy, I still love the simplicity of the 
natural columbine.

The gnome garden is full of these delicate flowers.

Some cultivars:

~ Sweet Columbine ~

How tiny is your heart of gold
And layered skirts so gay
Dance for me my sweet columbine
Your pretty swinging sway
I'll blow a gentle warming breath
And hum or gently play
As I sit and strum my golden lute
and dream the day away

Frankston, Australia       

Friday, May 6, 2016

Flower for the Day Dianthus Explosion in Large Format 5-6-16

Over the last 2 days there has been an explosion of Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus). They cover 50 by 20 yards of the 
wildflower garden. They have migrated from another garden to the south. They seem to do well in partial shade.

They appear slightly different in color and design. Here are a few.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Flower for the Day Last Tulip 4-5-16

The petals are ready to fall off this last tulip. The yellow dust on the petals is pollen which has covered everything seen and unseen.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Don's Blog Chiggers 5-4-16


Chiggers are mites that are bright red members of the genus Trombiculidae in the Arachnid family. As adults they are called red bugs and are a little larger than the period at the end of this sentence. The female chiggers lay eggs which hatch into six-legged larvae which cannot be seen. If they
come off grass onto a human they puncture the skin with blade like mouth parts called chelicerae. This allows them to inject saliva into the skin.
The saliva contains a proteolytic enzyme that liquifies the skin tissue. At this site a narrow hardened tube is formed called a stylostome. The larvae feed on dead skin through this tube as if through a straw. If not removed the larvae will feed for 3-4 days before dropping off.
 The bite shows up as a reddened raised bump which itches. Scratching the bump can result in secondary infection and slower healing.

The chiggers do not carry diseases that affect us. Initial treatment is to dislodge the larva from the stylostome. All of this without being able to see them: brisk rubbing without breaking the skin will dislodge or crush them. Using soap and water is important. The skin reaction is fully dependent on the time the chigger stays attached. Use of cortisone cream is recommended for the itching. Sealing the wound from the air is reportedly helpful. This is accomplished with nail polish or thick cortisone cream or vaseline.
My personal experience indicates that it can take up to 3-4 weeks for the red bump to completely disappear. Time heals all chigger bites.

Flower for the Day White Azalea 5-4-16

My white azaleas come 2-3 weeks after my purple ones. It is nice to have several colors.

Azalea - Poem by Charles WOO

Spring breeze comes with drizzle,
Moistens here and there.
Red and white and many colors,
Azalea blooms everywhere.
The leaves are Small and the flowers are delicate,
They mix well densely and charming.
The beauty of the azalea looks like
the goose's feather brightened by fire flaming.

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Charles Woo                         

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Flower for the Day Wallflower 5-3-16

This wallflower  (Erysimum allionii) is a striking annual that blooms early in the wildflower garden and lasts longer than

Dance Partners - Etheree

Trees look down,
breath catching,
at reflections  mirrored in mountain river's deep,
quiet pools;
those shy wallflower maidens
leaved in sizzle tinted dance gowns
blush scarlet beneath the sun's bold gaze,
accept his hand, swirling to a wind waltz.
September 20,2015
Copyright © Faye Gibson | Year Posted 2015 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Don's Blog Gravitational Waves 5-2-16

A friend friend on my Flower List was excited to tell me that his son was part of the LIGO team that announced in February that
they had detected gravitational waves. He has been working on the project for over 25 years.
This is what I found about:

The Detection of Gravitational Waves
A century after they were proposed in Einstein's theory of general relativity, scientists have finally verified that gravitational waves and black holes exist. In the announcement in Washington in January, scientists from Caltech, MIT, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration presented evidence of their discovery.
In the early hours of September 14, 2015, during an engineering test a few days before the official search was to begin, aLIGO's two detectors recorded a very characteristic signal.
"It was exactly what you would expect from Einstein's general relativity from two black holes spiralling and merging together," said Reitze. "It took months of careful checking and rechecking to make sure what we saw was something that was a gravitational wave. We've convinced ourselves that's the case."
"This is not just the detection of gravitational waves. What's really exciting is what comes next. Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned a telescope to the sky and opened the era of modern observational astronomy. I think we're doing something equally important here today. I think we're opening the window of gravitational astronomy."
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of spacetime, created when two massive objects – such as black holes or neutron stars – hurtle around each other at extremely high speeds and collide. First put forward 100 years ago as a consequence of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, they have challenged theorists and experimentalists alike as one of the few elements of the theory that had not been experimentally proven. Until now.
LIGO, a system of two identical interferometers constructed to detect the tiny vibrations of passing gravitational waves, was conceived and built by MIT and Caltech researchers, funded by the US National Science Foundation.
The original LIGO experiment ran from 2002 to 2010 as a proof of concept. After significant upgrades to the detectors in Louisiana and Washington, Advanced LIGO did its first observation run in September 2015.
The first detection, at the Louisiana observatory, had a peak value of 10-21 metres. "For four kilometres [the length of the LIGO detector], that's a tiny, tiny fraction of a proton diameter. That's incredibly tiny," said González.
"We know it's real, because seven milliseconds later, we saw the same thing in the Hanford detector. This is it. This is how we know we have gravitational waves."
The signals exactly match what Einsteinian gravitation predicts for the merger of two black holes. The signals also indicate the wave carried three solar masses of energy. The signal is so strong, the researchers reported in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, that it exceeds the "five sigma" standard of statistical significance physicists use to claim a discovery.
"The LIGO measurement is a spectacular confirmation of not just one, but two of the key predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity: the existence of gravitational waves and black holes," Turok said. "Einstein developed his theory based on clues from experiment and prior theories, but even more on a remarkable intuition that gravitation is due to the bending of spacetime. A full century later, we're seeing his predictions verified with exquisite precision."
Even more than verifying Einstein, LIGO's detection of gravitational waves provides science with a new tool with which to potentially answer many more basic questions.
And it might lead researchers to the next great scientific theory, Perimeter researcher Luis Lehner said during the "Ripple Effects" panel hosted by Perimeter following the LIGO announcement. "When we can get more and more data, we might be able to see departures [from what is expected], and that may guide us in what replaces relativity," he said.
As more gravitational wave detectors come online in the next few years, scientists will be able to glean increasingly rich information about the universe around us. "That will give us a very important network that will allow us to ... reduce serendipity from astronomy, at least for some sources," Lehner said.
For many scientists, the most exciting prospect is that gravitational wave astronomy could enable researchers to probe the "dark" universe: objects and forces that don't absorb, reflect, or emit light, yet make up 96 percent of the universe.
Perimeter Associate Faculty member Avery Broderick said this is a seismic shift in astronomy, which has been studying the light side of the universe for 10,000 years.
"When we get this new window on the universe, history and experience has shown us that we find something totally different, something totally unexpected. This has happened over and over again in astronomy, where we've opened up windows in the X-ray and the radio, and we see a totally different universe," Broderick said.
"I would be shocked if we don't see the same thing when we look with gravitational eyes, and see the gravitational wave universe as totally different. This is going to be absolutely critical to understanding how the dark universe and the light universe fit together."
The Daily Galaxy via The Perimeter Institute
Image credit: Binary black hole