I peeked in the Towhee nest Wednesday morning; three eggs.
Wednesday afternoon--one has hatched! The wee creature looks limp in the photo, but was moving and looked well. May Miracle #1.
Then a much-anticipated visit to the magnificent 1.75 acre (7,000 square meter) garden of Shae and Alan. May Miracle #2. Unfortunately, none of my photos can possibly do justice to the garden's beauty.
Shae and Alan know how to garden!
May Miracle #3: Shae and Eric Cortina gave a demonstration of flower-arranging. Eric is the immensely talented designer who brings such fabulous beauty to the displays at Roger's Gardens, the local garden center.
The first step to an arrangement is walking around the garden gathering foliage and flowers that catch your eye. Collect different color schemes into different buckets. Shae sometimes does her arranging at a table right out in the garden, so she can get additional snippets of material as she works.
For a garden flower arrangement, Eric suggests a casual container. Garden flowers are intrinsically less formal than florist materials.
Two masters show how it is done. Eric starts with foliage. He chose a mid-green
There's the rest of Eric. Shae's hand-painted patio was the setting for the demonstration.
Eric starts to add flowers. Larger bits, like the sunflower centers, at the base of the foliage; wispy bits, like the golden milkweed, above. The sunflowers were finished, so he pulled off the petals. The centers were still very decorative!
But there's more! He added an artichoke from Shae's garden--she grows them for arrangments, not for eating--and Pomegranates on their leafy stems--and chartreuse Hydrangea flowers. Note again that large items are nestled in the foliage, down low.
Shae's centerpiece of Alan's home-grown Artichokes, Queen Annes Lace, and limes with Italian tableware. "I love all things Italian--I married one!"
A little jar of Sage, basil, rosemary, myrtle to add a touch of herbal fragrance.
Shae's elegant arrangements of white roses, honeysuckle, and apple tree stems complete with small green apples. Another arrangement is of white roses and olive tree stems--though she prefers stems with ripe olives on them--wrong time of year for that...
In the meantime, Eric had completed the arrangement. Red and yellow milkweed, red Cestrum, even the red new foliage of a rose, all done before our amazed eyes. Wow!
Then Eric spent about three minutes throwing this little thing together. Perovskia and several different Salvias--a favorite of Shae's. A mildewed squash leaf at the base--even a mildewed leaf has decorative value.
Then another quick arrangement of hydrangea and roses. Why can't I do that? It would be a miracle indeed if I could. For Eric and Shae, it appeared to be the natural result of walking around the garden with a pair of clippers and a bucket.
Where those arrangements came from...
The last May Miracle of this post--we got close to half an inch of actual rain Thursday afternoon! Back at home, buckets and bins and tubs and barrels and pails were ready. Wheeeeee!
Multiple May Miracles.