|Hosta 'Pocketful of Sunshine' 11 July 2021
Today Sunday, July 11, 2021 I will be having a few reasons to feel a tad cheerful. I am invited for dinner at my daughter Hilary’s in Burnaby. After dinner we will be watching Nomadland.
Since my Rosemary died on December 9th I have not wanted to see films, certainly not Netflix. On Saturday evenings we used to watch Noir Alley on TCM. I have not had the heart to see it alone. In short there are few things I want to do alone. One is to feed myself and the cats, read the NY Times, watch (not always now) Rachel Maddow at 6 and to water the garden and deadhead the spent rose blooms.
But increasingly I have come to understand that what keeps me stable is to write my daily blog. For a while, months back my grief resulted in a terrible blog writing block. Now it is something I look forward to doing.
|Hosta 'Hirao Majesty'
Many of my blogs, including this one include my other obsessive pastime which is to scan the plants and flowers of my garden. What began in 2001 as a scientific/botanic attempt to record my roses accurately (with the day’s date) has blossomed into a pastime that I equate to playing golf. I don’t play golf but those who do might find it entertaining (soothing? - perhaps not!). I simply enjoy doing it. Because I see well with my bifocals I am able to use my Photoshop to remove dust spots and play with shadow detail. Hours pass and only the constant appearance of the two cats for attention in my oficina make me get up to pick them up, pet them and feed them.
As for the scans of the two hostas here I would like to explain a little obsession involving the all green Hosta ‘Hirao Majesty’. For me it is a brilliant name for a hosta (in a pot at the front entrance of my house) that is supremely elegant in the sheen of its leaves and for a flower on a scape (hosta lingo for stalk) that is strikingly graceful in its simplicity.
The other hosta, Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ is smallish and it has deeply cupped leaves. When I look at it, I smile. It is delightful!
Those who have gotten this far might notice that my scans now are not just done for accuracy. I find myself in looking for different ways to display the flowers, sometimes alone and sometimes accompanied by a leaf.