Today, I had to prepare my greenhouse for the light freeze, the next few nights. Day temperatures will be above freezing. But at night, it will be a whole other story. I made sure, the door and windows are closed properly and that the panels are clicked back in correctly. But before, I was checking on everything, I watered my plants. And I enjoyed, how the water pearled down on the flower petals. Now, I’m sharing a few photos of the flower droplets.
January always makes me feel gloomy, a little bit. The leaves are all blown from the trees by the wind. The first freeze took the life out of most plants. Everything looks so grayish-beige in the yard. But I always find a way to fix it. Today, I went to the nursery and picked up some seasonal flowers. This afternoon I planted them in the greenhouse. And now, I’m happy again. Between all the sad looking gray and beige, there are some dots of color. And when it gets really cold outside, the flowers are tucked in a warm greenhouse bed.
August is almost over; the kids are back in school. Summer comes to an end, and it is time to get prepared for Autumn. We finally have an official date to get the flooring done in our house. Earlier this month, I cleaned the garage out to make room for some furniture and some boxes. I really don’t like to look forward to move all the furniture around and deal with the mess of the construction. But once it is done, it will look beautiful. I have to keep the positive outcome in mind. 😉
The garden needs to be prepared for the Autumn/Winter season. A lot of crops love the cooler days, like cabbages and carrots. That’s also a good time for weeding the garden, since the mornings are not so hot and humid anymore. Soon, the migrating birds and insects will visit the garden. It will be good for them to have a welcome place they can rest, before they have to move on to travel south.
In the meantime, I’m sitting outside with a cool drink in my hand and enjoy the last days of Summer.
This macro photograph shows the stamen (filament and anther) of a poppy flower. This is the part, which needs to be pollinated for seed production. Still hidden by the stamen is the poppy pistil. It will contain the seeds for the next generation of poppy flowers.
Perfectly for the Memorial Day weekend, a red poppy began to bloom in my green house. Two years ago, I learned something very interesting. I was always wondering, why poppies would be brought up with the Memorial Day remembrance. And here is the answer:
The red poppy grew profusely on the World War I war zone of Flanders Field along the coast of Belgium and France. Poppies blanketed the battlefields with a sea of red, and so have come to symbolize the blood that was shed there. With 368 WWI U.S. soldiers buried in Flanders Field cemetery, the red poppy, or the Flanders poppy as it is now often called become a symbol of wartime remembrance. (Resource: Botanical Interests)
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.