Friday, 19 September 2014

Silent White Monday

How can one help shivering with delight when one's hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower, cool from the shade and stiff with newborn vigor! Colette.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden.

Some traditional types of eastern gardens, such as Zen gardens, use plants such as parsley. Xeriscape gardens use local native plants that do not require irrigation or extensive use of other resources while still providing the benefits of a garden environment. Gardens may exhibit structural enhancements, sometimes called follies, including water features such as fountains, ponds (with or without fish), waterfalls or creeks, dry creek beds, statuary, arbors, trellises and more.

Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while some gardens also produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants. Food-producing gardens are distinguished from farms by their smaller scale, more labor-intensive methods, and their purpose. Flower gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses.
Gardening is the activity of growing and maintaining the garden. This work is done by an amateur or professional gardener. A gardener might also work in a non-garden setting, such as a park, a roadside embankment, or other public space. Landscape architecture is a related professional activity with landscape architects tending to specialise in design for public and corporate clients.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Girl's Garden

This video game has elements of adventure games, action games, and dating sims. Released by Sega for their SG-1000 console, the story revolves around a simple country girl named Papri. It is the debut work of Sonic creator Yuji Naka. The was targeted at female audiences, and was intended to reverse traditional gender roles, by having Papri "quite willing to risk mauling by the bears who roam her garden," while her love interest Minto is "unashamed of liking flowers."

Papri wears a pink dress and has pink hair; utilizing an anime-style look for the characters with the limitations of early 8-bit graphics. However, the cover art is shown with Papri and Minto wearing normal colored clothing. A bit of Engrish is used with the house saying "Wellcome" on it as opposed to "Welcome." All successful rounds end with the boyfriend accepting the player's bouquet to the tune of Here Comes the Bride.

Thursday, 19 October 2006



Winter is an etching,
Spring is a water color,
Summer is an oil painting,
And Autumn is a mosaic of them all.
Stanley Horowitz

Walking home on Autumn days, along tree lined streets makes me smile.
Apple pies, pumpkins, caramel apples, Thanksgiving, crisp air, the smell of wood burning in the fireplace, vibrant red and orange leaves, sweaters and wooly socks, the crunch of leaves are some of the things that only Autumn can bring.

Roses made from maple leaves.