Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Summer morning

August 18, 2013

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Following the post on nightfall, what better than a view of a summer morning in brightening sunlight … rather, dappled light? Might we say, pied beauty?

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“Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spáre, strange;
Whatever is fickle, frecklèd (who knows how?)
With swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is pást change:

Práise hím.” *

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(Sorry, I know of no degenderized version of that … and it certainly would spoil the poem.)

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So let’s look at the light, shadow, speckles, spots, folds, grooves, crevices …

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… a falling away of lines, diagonals, shimmering panicles, starbursts …

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… devious interweavings and convergences …

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… the wonder of a living veil of grass …

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… a tumbling down …

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… to this.

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… looming, towering, immanent, imminent …

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… pure, cloud-like …

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… two umbellifers, both Eupatorium, with shapely curves …

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… Sanguisorbas, ornaments to the garden …

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… the old crab apple, sentinel in shade … perhaps the thing that watches …

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 * Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty

 

 

 

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Emily August 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Whether you show me morning or nightfall, I just want to burrow into the tall grass and take a little nap. You should have a willow or grass artist make you a little wigwam for the purpose!

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James Golden August 20, 2013 at 6:24 am

I have so much willow I could harvest it and make a wigwam, but I think I lack the design talent. You, however, I’m sure could come up with something wonderful. Salix ‘Rubykins’ has long straight stems, perfect for weaving. Design competition is open.

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Emily August 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

That would be so fun! But, be forewarned, my inner vision went right to this… http://translucent.3-form.com/2011/01/five-six-pick-up-sticks/

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Les August 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

I associate that poem with one of the best dogs I ever had, Patsy, the blue tic hound.

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James Golden August 20, 2013 at 6:25 am

I’d say Patsy was a perfect example of pied beauty. Perfect.

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Melanie August 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I love your garden.

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James Golden August 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Thanks, Melanie.

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Paul Steer August 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Beautiful.

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James Golden August 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thank you, Paul.

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