Sunday, May 1, 2011

First of May

Great is the sun, and wide he goes

Through empty heaven without repose

And in the blue and glowing days

More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Thoough closer still the blinds we pull

To keep the shady parlor cool,

Yet he will find a chink or two

To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic, spider-clad,

He, through the keyhole, maketh glad

And though the broken edge of tiles,

Into the laddered hayloft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around

He bares to all the garden ground,

And sheds a warm and glittering look

Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,

Round the bright air, with footing true,

To please the child, to paint the rose,

The gardener of the World, he goes.

~Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson


  1. Oh my Goodness HOW Beee uuu tiful!! Please tell me what the white flowers are above the Pansies and the last ones speckled blue...I have never seen either in my life!! And your header is absolutley gorgeous and I love the new blog colors!!! You are amazing!! xxooxx

  2. Pammy, the white flowers are wild Bloodroot, named so because if you pick them, they ooze red "sap" that looks like blood, which makes it a great dye plant. The speckled blue are also wild violets, the original shovelfull was given to me close to 30 years ago by a dear woman whom I used to garden for. They are aptly named "Spreckles" and reseed fiercely all over!
    Pammy , I accidently "deleted" my blog last night, and I don't know what I did to get it back, but it FINALLY returned, although things are a bit different. Thank you for the compliment!

  3. So very beautiful these flowers of spring are. Love the poem too! Have a wonderful week.

  4. Aww, thank you, Mama-Bug! How are you? Hope all is sunshiney and warm in your part of the world! I'm heading over to your blog for a visit! xox

  5. What a beautiful poem, and beautiful flowers to go with it! I guess you are now coming out of the cold and snow of winter? We are having a cold spell here although you would probably laugh at our cold spell! Down into the low 40's for the past two nights which after having low 60's is brrrr! Thanks so much for stopping by again. I plan on getting back to blog reading now that my German company is gone although more are coming in July, but this time they will stay with my parents!
    Hope you have a beautiful day! Oh, I love your header!

  6. Lovely tour of beautiful pictures of spring flowers! Your blog is delightful and I will visit you again, soon!

    Carolyn :)

  7. Thank you Ulrike! Yes, we are in a cold snap here as well. I had to bring in more firewood for the wood furnace this morning, and it was spitting SNOW!
    How lovely that you've had company, and glad you'll have a break from hosting in July! I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit!

  8. Hello Laura, I would loved to resonded to thank you through your email but did not find one. I wanted to tell you thanks for visiting, leaving me your sweet comment and becoming a follower on my blog!!! Pella is a beautiful town and a wonderful treasure for Iowan's. We plan to go there tomorrow. It is going to rain this after- noon and clearing later today. I am sure the rain will not dampen the attendance today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  9. How nice of you, Carolyn! It was my pleasure to visit you too! Have a wonderful time in Pella... I can only imagine what a quaint town it is, and what fun you'll have there! Enjoy it immensely!