Saturday, 28 June 2014
Morning Glories and other things . . .
I have always loved "Morning Glories." There are over 1,000 kinds of "Morning Glories." I was really surprised to discover that. I thought there was just one . . .
Most morning glory flowers unravel into full bloom in the early morning. The flowers usually start to fade a few hours before the "petals" start showing visible curling. They prefer full solar exposure throughout the day. Some morning glories, such as Ipomoea muricata, are night-blooming flowers, or "Moon Flowers," as they are also known.
They are not all blue in colour, and according to the Victorian language of flowers . . . they mean "love in Vain."
No matter the name or colour, they mesmerize me with their ability to open and close according to the time of day . . . like clockwork . . . or magic.
I love the Morning Glory legend about how that works, but then again, I am a fairy tale kind of girl as you know.
Once upon a time there was a Princess who used to enjoy sitting in her garden amongst the flowers. Because she was a very delicate Princess, she had to return to the palace each day before the sun became too hot, and so there were several kinds of flowers she never got to enjoy, because they didn't open up until the sun shone upon them.
This made her very sad and one day as she was returning to the palace, her tears fell to the ground . . . each one turning into a tiny seed as they hit the ground. A few weeks later, as the Princess walked in her garden, early in the morning, she was surprised to see a beautiful new flower growing all around her . . . clambering over walls and trellis's . . . twining around the trees and cascading over arches.
This gave her much joy and ever since that day the Morning Glory is the name been given to that flower which sprang from the tears of a Princess's pretty blue eyes.
I just adore these legends and myths. Don't you? I always loved the fairy tales and poems for children when I was small, like "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary," and "Old Mother Hubbard." I've been working on a series of pictures based on them and this is my latest one . . .
I got this little lady done yesterday afternoon while I was waiting to go to the hospital for my x-ray. I am really pleased with how she turned out. What do you think? I really and truly want to know.
Well, the x-ray is done now and I have to wait for a week to ten days to get back to my Doctor's to see what's up and what they can do for it. It's been five weeks this Sunday since I noticed a change in it and it's been getting gradually worse with each week that passes. I cannot bend it at all now, and it locks if I try. It's very painful. I had a difficult time yesterday working on this piece of art as I had some cutting to do, which involved holding a piece of paper between the thumb and forefinger of my left hand as I cut with my right hand. I hope that they can fix this as I am not wanting it to be like this the rest of my life!
And with that I will leave you with a thought for today . . .
The world is full of vibrant color.
Don’t let it lose an ounce of its luster.
Assume this day is going to be good, and it will.
God made it so.
We're feasting on Strawberries over in The English Kitchen today, with some of my all-time favourite berry recipes!
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Have a Wonderful Saturday! It's quite dull here and most likely will rain. ☺One must take the bad with the good.