Monday, May 28, 2012

Of roses and herbs and peonies, oh my!

Have I already told you about some of the fun things I’ve been enjoying lately; like finding fairy paths in the garden and enjoying the roses? Ah roses. I don't know exactly how to express this joyful feeling roses bring to my heart. I guess the only words I can articulate would be wonder, bliss; Paradise. Can those words justify my feelings enough?

When I'm surrounded by my roses all I have to do is close my eyes to slip into this sorts of a magical world... and dream, and believe, and hope, and tumble too sometimes! It's like if all of a sudden someone hands you this magical key to a magical world and all you have to do is open its door and jump right into it.

Can you imagine that day when sin will be no more, when pain and death will be no more and we'll be returned to 'that' primitive garden where humanity started millions of years ago? Cause oh, I do believe in that! Ah, I can almost see it too... a shrubbery gate and then—the great gardens! Truly magical!

When I think about the garden of Eden my imagination gets carried away. Paradise; a garden outside the earth. Can you imagine? Compare to the gardens of Heaven, the loveliest of gardens here on earth are but a sad shadow; something like Mary Lennox's Secret Garden... gardens that have been shut up for years; abandoned if you will; a dark and lomesome place with winding walks and borders and flower-beds, but the flower-beds are bare and wintry and the fountains are not playing. Shut up gardens; inhabited only by birds... We, mankind are now living where we don't actually belong.

But of course, I don't want to be a pessimist; or scare you? Yes, we can still find plenty of beauty here on earth; here all around us! So I look again around me and this time, what do I see? My Collette rose; from the romantica series in the loveliest shade of pink, growing at a corner of the pergola. What a joy!

This rose pulse with healing energy, and the scent wafting from it is truly heavenly; like some strong sweet tea from some magical region.

Oh, talking about tea! I've been also collecting herbs; just like Arabella used to do back in her time four hundred solar years ago.

Here is the mint—a clapper of a dark green. The very scent stirred by breezes has gone into my being. To me, mint speaks of Arabella in her magical garden, it speaks of refreshment and delight… but oh my friend, you must be very careful with where you plant mint. Mint, left to its own devices, will spread quickly and become a nuisance. Just try to choose a spot where you won’t mind its rampant growth, that’s all…

Oh, and have I told you we’re having peonies this year? Yes, after five years trying to cultivate peonies they’re finally thriving in our garden. They’re growing more and more with each passing day; yet they seem to be taking their own special time to unfurl. Would they ever open—I wonder.

A very strange woman once told me that ants are responsible for unfurling those huge peony buds that you think they’re never going to get unwrapped… but I haven’t seen any ants in my garden thanks goodness. Maybe, the peony ants would just come out at night when nobody is watching and work their magic on the peonies by the light of the moon, so that the following morning when you wake up and go to the garden you’d be surprise by all those blooms? It had to be that… Oh, I’d have to watch for those peony ants! ;) Are you peonies teeming with ants yet?

It is truly magical around here these days with all the roses, new colors and lovely scents. Beyond delightful, really.

I hope you're having a grand day and a super special week. Thank you for all your comments and thoughts on my previous post--wow! You're all extra special to me! Can we have tea in the garden some time? I mean, you and I? Yes yes, Kathy, and Nana Diana and Gayla and Theresa, and and you and you, and yes, you too those of you who come by often; yet never say hi! I know you're still there, and that makes me super happy! ;) OK then. We'll have a tea party next time. See you super soon!


  1. Hi Cielo~You have such a beautiful enchanting blog. Denise

  2. Peony in everyone else's yard look so full and beautiful. Mine are young yet, still filling out. No ants--one of those gardening myths. I love the whimsy in your narrative. Brings a smile.

  3. Hi Cielo! Lovely post and I can almost smell your roses!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. ahhh,lovely post,love roses,I could actually smell their sweet fragrance. x

  5. Ceilo! Your garden is certainly magical! I have moved to a house in the woods and what a treat for me to see roses and peonies! Here under a canaopy of oak trees I don't get enough sun to grow these beautiful sun lovers!
    I adore the flower pot with roses on it! The wind chime with prisms..a delight..I know what I shall shop for to hang from my trees! Your blog is inspiring!
    love and light Anna

  6. Oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to sit and share a cup with you in your garden. I think you are one of the warmest people I know and I love your inner soul that believes in fairies and magic (as I do). My grands think fairies do everything around here...and they are always watching for them.

    I am waiting for my peonies to open, too...and yes, from all I havve ever heard, you need ants for peonies to thrive and bloom. Amazing how God worked that out, huh?

    I suppose you are off to work today so I will wish you a wonderful day. I am off to stage a house for a couple that is trying to sell their home. Blessings- xo Diana

  7. Hi - just found your blog (via Little Miss Maggie's blog). Beautiful, beautiful garden.

    My peonies are doing fabulous this year (at least one side of the garden anyway - the other side...a slow start. I think the thriving ones get a bit more water from the sprinkler). But when you mentioned ants - I just had to laugh. I mentioned this to my husband the other day that I always saw ants on my parents' peonies when I was growing up. I would put a blanket by that part of the garden when I was a child - and I always saw the ants. I have to take a closer look at mine now because I didn't notice any at all.

    We see things as children that we don't take the time to observe as adults. It's time to go back to our child-like ways!

    I may post a few pictures of my peonies on my blog today. I also have to post pics of my "pinks" that were invaded last year by ants (peopny ants???) and I thought for sure they were dead. But this year they came back stronger and more beautiful. It's amazing!!


  8. Hi lovely lady.
    I would love to have Tea with you in your Beautiful Garden...
    XXOO Diane

  9. Yes, I have ants on my pinnies (an old-fashioned term for them) , but they have nothing to do with opening them. They are attracted to their sweetness:-)

  10. Cielo,
    What a beautiful garden you have. I love reading your magical blog, It always makes me happy.


  11. Such a beautiful place to tiptoe through and inhale all of those glorious fragrances, Cielo! Hate to burst everyone's bubble, but the peonies needing ants to open up is a myth. They're just attracted to the sweetness of the syrup that the buds excrete as they're opening. :) And peonies have ants on them! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  12. Cielo, my dear sweetness, thank you for coming to visit me..I'm so honored...I too often sit in the garden early in the morning and think of the original purpose that God intended for us...and the most beautiful gardens...I imagine to have a tiger by my side while the birds are playing about and all the beautiful flowers surrounding me...I adore birds I just recently have been seeing different little ones jumping about. I have yet to see my most lovely the little hummingbirds.. I bought them a feeder and I believe they are coming by cause it has gone down a you think maybe those ants come in the night ???? It will be a blesset day when we have no more sickness or pain or sorrow and the earth is restored to it fullest beauty.,... Have a most enchanting week my friend....with love Janice

  13. Goodmorning Cielo, Yes - I am having a marvelous day - it is a joy to wake knowing the love of God - the gift of a new day! Also, sharing conversation with my husband and hearing him laugh - he has a wonderful singing voice so you can just imagine his beautiful booming laughter!
    I too think of the Garden of Eden - the beauty - the gift of paradise given to mankind - God's full intention was for it to last - but, knowing, KNOWING what would happen - He continued - loved - and gave...
    the roses are a fine example of the beauty He gave us - the sweetness mixed among thorns -
    I love your Peonies - mine took a few years to get started - I think that is the way with Peonies. The ants are marvelous - to bring them indoors give them a wee bit of a shower - they'll be nestled in the petals.
    Tea in the garden - a lovely idea - we can set up a date - I think I may have found the key in my garden that could lead me to yours...
    Have a most Delightsome day,

  14. Hi Cielo,I love your garden~wish I new about mint before I planted out in my garden it has spread everywhere! I love the smell and to make mint tea but it has gone wild and hubby had to take a lot out this year :(
    I love how you make your piccies with the little magical white sparkly lights :)
    Happy Friday!Love juliexoxo

  15. I would be completely honored and surely Blessed to be as lucky as to have Tea with you, Cielo!! You are extra special to me, as well!! Psst...I have tea in your garden with you already. But, I would sure love to do it again!
    Many Blessings, ~Theresa.


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