Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Still beautiful!


I have a large bright yellow yarrow plant.  I like to pick some flower heads and dry them by hanging in bunches upside down in a cool dry spot, to use later for flower arrangements, like my Mum in England does. Well, that's the theory anyway!  For one, I always forget, and anyway there is no cool dry space in summer in a rainforest area of Australia!  Hot and wet more like!
  
So again this year it didn't happen, but I have just been cutting the dried seed heads, to make way for new season's dazzling heads of intense gold.
They were too pretty and delicate for me to toss away, so I thought I would share some photos I took this morning on my old verandah table. 











They may not have their glowing gold of summer,but they are still beautiful.

And yes, I certainly like to think that we can be the same way! 
 Who wants to hang upside down from the rafters to preserve our youth? 
 Let's age gracefully where we are!!

Then again, I could well feel quite differently tomorrow......
........you just never can tell!!
How about you?

Here for your info is a link to a beautiful Golden Yarrow from Wildseed Farms

29 comments:

  1. I love your photos. I am not familiar with the yarrow plant, it sounds like it would be lovely when in bloom. The dried ones look lovely too.

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    1. Hi Dawn! I should have put a photo of a bright yellow one as well. I'll take a look and see what I can find:)

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    2. Here is a link to a photo and some info on the yarrow. There are many different colours but mine is similar to this one.
      http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/goldyarrow.html

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  2. Dear Jane,
    the photographs are really, really stunning! (I 'collect' with my camera among other themes 'Shadows', and your photos are a wonderful example for light and shadow).
    Ageing gracefully - I see a beauty in all seasons (though I have to admit that I have nothing against prolonging autumn as long as I can - with natural ways, I would never ever let somebody botox or nip and tug me, never. I do fitness, think about what I eat - and meditate. I deliberately am on the look-out for all the beautiful things in the world - as those dried flowers, and think that a thankful soul is the best way to keep warm in winter.

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    1. Dear Brigitta, thank you so much for your beautiful words and wise thoughts.

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    1. Thanks so much:) I am really glad you like it! I have just been looking at the process you follow with drawing and painting your beautiful and intricate designs. Lovely!

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  4. These are fantastic! I thought at first you had been doing paintings based on the photo! Love the patterns of the plant against the textured background! Very creative, Jane:)

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    1. Glad you like the photos Lori! I must say I go a bit crazy sometimes, but yes, let's call that creativity!

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  5. I have no plans to hang upside down from the rafters:):) I tell myself that age brings wisdom and character - that's my story and I'm sticking to it! The yarrow seedheads do look really pretty as do many seedheads - often they are as attractive as the flowers.

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    1. Yes definitely Rowan, I will stick with your story as well! Wisdom and character are good:) There are some amazing seed heads, poppies are another stand out aren't they, but you could go on and on. Teasels another...

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  6. Thank you for sharing the link for the yarrow plant in bloom. It is very pretty.

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  7. I love your blog Jane - thank you for stopping by my site and leaving a comment so I could visit yours. Looking forward to your share into the winter!

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    1. Thanks Bren - I love looking at your lovely garden photos. Winter/Summer....there's always one of them somewhere in the world!

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  8. Love the colours of your photos and your aging analogy. May we all fade as gracefully as yarrow.

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    1. Hi Kirsty, these colours are soft and warm and restful aren't they. Glad you enjoy them, though I must say after seeing the vibrant and fabulous flower photos in your recent post, I don't feel ready to fade just yet!

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  9. Love the photos. The beautiful subtle colours - more restful on the eye, perhaps than the bright yellow of its youth. It's autumn here as you know and, although the leaves are falling, they are at their most beautiful. Let's try to be subtle in our older age - no hanging upside down for me!

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    1. Hi Mar - I'll remind you of that next time we get together! We'll see how graceful we can be! On the other hand those autumn leaves are pretty bright aren't they? Lovely to hear from you:)

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  10. Gorgeous shots Jane! truly beautiful ... I think you should print them out and make stationery with them!!! xx

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    1. Oh it's very kind of you to say that Deborah! Glad you like them:)

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  11. Dear Jane, I love your photos, you have a very creative eye. The lighting, the texture and the composition all worked together in such a charmingly lovely way. I love seeing an item that others would pull up and toss . . . turned into beautiful art. You have a gifted talent.
    I too, want to grow old gracefully, but on occasion I find myself holding my hand under my double chin to see what it would look like to have it tucked. Then I think of knifes and surgeons . . . after that thought, my chin (or chins) look perfectly perfect, just the way they are. :)

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    1. Ha, that's lovely Connie! The threat of the knife will do that to you every time!

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  12. Beautiful share ... your images are inspiring and true art from the garden!

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    1. Thank you so much Bren! You can't go too far wrong when your art is inspired by gardens and nature, can you:)

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