I had actually gone out in the rain this afternoon armed with an umbrella and my camera to take photos of the water lilies' new home. This caught my eye--raindrops dripping down the long and lovely blades of the ponytail/nolina plant. In the shower the gate looked like a metallic haze... This container water garden looked like it could do with some b-r-e-a-t-h-i-n-g space so I took out an old container and set about turning it into the plants' new abode. I even got wild aquatic reeds to be planted here. I'm still working on this area. In a month's time this patch should look better than what it is now. The container was lying in the shed for so long. I'm glad I've been able to put it to good use!
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