Created this little isle of stones, shells and grass at the back. Grass look pretty when they have white lines on them. The smooth river stones happen to be my favourite garden feature and I collect them whenever I get a chance. The starfish was bought at a beach in Chennai and the snail shells were once (not very long ago), pests in my garden. I hope snaily souls are at peace and will forgive me for nipping them in the bud and in bloom. The mint-like plant in the middle is in fine fettle now that it's its season. But I'm bad with names so not much of a help here.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau