Amaryllis means pride, timidity, splendid beauty. This was another fun flower with mythological connections, it has been a bit since I've run across one with a fun story behind it. The story says that Amaryllis was a shy timid nymph and she fell deeply in love with Alteo who was a shepherd with Herculean strength and the beauty of Apollo. She hoped to win him over with what he wanted most, a unique flower that had never existed before. The oracle of Delphi instructed Amaryllis to appear at Alteo's door for 30 nights piercing her heart with a golden arrow each time. When he finally opened his door there was this lovely crimson flower sprung from the blood of Amaryllis's heart. Such romantic and tragic love!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Globe Amaranth also called Gomphrena means immortality; unfading love. It is a tropical plant native to central America. They are round, papery, clover-like flowers. Easy to grow and great for drying for dried flower bouquets. Retain their color after drying - thus unfading love...
Friday, March 19, 2010
I liked this wall I saw in Jacksonville, Oregon. It had several words printed on it over time as if different businesses had used it to advertise their wares. I just focused on the words tobacco and king because I thought they went together and they were closest to the dark window.
Anxious to plant flowers, especially daisies. I like to have lots of cut flowers in the garden so I can have flowers in the house all season long. I added a little poem by William Wordsworth to this collage print because he seems to like daisies too.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hiking in the desert we found lots of little cactus plants that look similar to a prickly pear, but smaller. It had rained the night before and water droplets were very sparkly in the morning sun.
Friday, March 12, 2010
A very happy birthday wish to those born in March! The flower for March birthdays is the lovely daffodil that we should see popping up very soon, I've seen a few tall green stems in our area, but no flowers just yet.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I used to have a lovely iris plant growing in our garden that my grandmother gave me. She always had the most beautiful gardens, flowers grew happily for her. Iris are so tolerant and are happy to be divided so she gave me a sample one year and I took it home and planted it. It made itself right at home and bloomed beautiful purple flowers every spring.
I am really starting to enjoy collage art now mixing my flower drawings and paintings into something new. This is my latest creation available as a note card or 8 x 10 print.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Sweet alyssum, Lobularia maritima, means "worth beyond beauty". It is native to southern Europe. A very hardy annual with a sweet fragrance good for borders. Blooms a very long time. This is one of my favorite flowers to grow, it loves to peek out through rocks and mine reseeds every year. Also, I found that the name is from "a-not lyssa" - rage - a myth relates that the plant dispels anger. Sure makes me happy when I look at it.
Monday, March 1, 2010
An old mining town near Yerington, Nevada called Pine Grove. It was here for just a few years starting in 1866. The miners found lots of gold in this area in the middle of the mountains. Very steep area with tall close mountains on each side of the town site, must have been a challenge to haul it all out.