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Quote of the Day: E.E. Cummings

May 2nd, 2010

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ E.E. Cummings

This time of year the earth is simple giggling, it will give way to a huge belly laugh soon. I can’t wait!

The columbine’s are graceful and delicate set high above their lacy foliage. They seed freely and grow all over the place, including the driveway. This late blooming light pink tulip among these lamb’s ears is just a perfect combination!

The chives are starting to bloom and they’re so lovely. We’ve been eating them on everything! They are growing all over the gardens tucked in to little spots here and there.

The rock geraniums are just starting to bloom, they’ll bloom beautifully all summer long cascading over the rock wall on the front hillside.

The single late tulip ‘Negrita’ is really wonderful. I’m particularly fond of dark flowers like this. I’ll have to move some lamb’s ears around these tulips, that would be another striking combination.

The dogwood blooms are going to fade soon, they’re such graceful flowers. I’m always sad to see them go.

I love the spring, all the flowers seem to be delicate and lovely. But my favorite time of year for flowers is the early summer. The gardens are riotous with blooms and everything is a mass of color. Perhaps that’s my love of cottage gardens showing through.

What’s your favorite time of year for flowers?

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  2. WiderSky on May 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I love this time of year too, at the moment under our Wider Sky (we’re in Norfolk, UK) we have beautiful blossoms: Cherry, apple, crab-apple, plum, damson, sloe. Even our rosemary is getting in on the act. It’s a season which paints a picture of huge potential but of course it means rapid growth for everything else: Nettles, dandelions and other perennial weeds! Lovely photographs, as usual.

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  3. tigress on May 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

    i think i would choose middle of summer. but i have to say that my favorite flowers are wildflowers, they are as delicate as the flowers you are describing now for spring.

    i have a lot of wildflowers in the field and edges of woods at my house which i am always putting in vases throughout the summer. when i do every once in a while buy a bunch of cultivated at the farmers market, they always seem a bit to bold and beautiful compared to the whispy wilds.

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  4. MAYBELLINE on May 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Spring. Fresh, lovely spring.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Summer Crops – Part III =-.

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  5. Jaspenelle on May 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I like Late Summer into Autumn for blooms, when my giant sunflowers are in full force.

    I love that quote, I am actually woodburning it on a bench to go in our butterfly garden at the moment!
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..{this moment} =-.

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  6. Adam on September 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I love the quote, too, but I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it before ee cummings did.

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    • Susy on September 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      Ah yes, it’s hard to tell sometime who said what. I have a few other quotes that are attributed to several people.

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