Hellebore flowers floating in a shallow bowl at the Miller Horticultural Library

I first saw the idea for displaying cut hellebores by floating their flower heads in a shallow bowl on Val Easton’s Plant Talk blog where she reported on the Portland Flower and Garden show.  Then I saw this very idea on display at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  This is such a beautiful way to display cut flowers that I wanted to share it with you.

Thank goodness for hellebores.  They add a grace note to late winter and early spring.

Hellebores in a neighbor's garden

A blush of pink and spring green

So graceful




August 6, 2009

Remembering Hiroshima, lantern floating ceremony at Green Lake

Remembering Hiroshima, lantern floating ceremony at Green Lake

“Make of yourself a light.”
     — The Buddha

Love’s Lantern
by Joyce Kilmer

Because the road was steep and long
And through a dark and lonely land,
God set upon my lips a song
And put a lantern in my hand.

Through miles on weary miles of night
That stretch relentless in my way
My lantern burns serene and white,
An unexhausted cup of day.

O golden lights and lights like wine,
How dim your boasted splendors are.
Behold this little lamp of mine;
It is more starlike than a star!