Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Russian's cousin lives out on a farm deep in the surrounding hills. She had come out of hiding yesterday to buy this year's flowers for her window boxes.



All smiles and warmth, she never fails to warm my heart. We compared notes on what we were picking out, talked about shady spots versus full sun, lice on petunias, the courage to select an unexpected and as yet undiscovered specimen.



She is a hard-core farmer (I have great respect for hard-working rural women) ... but never makes me feel like the gardener en herbe that I really am.



My compliments to a farmer's wife who is utter elegance and grace.

13 comments:

Nancy said...

Farmer's/iron worker's wife here --but never have had much elegance and grace. Just a tomboy who grew older but not up. :)

Judy said...

After living amongst the farmers and their wives...My hat goes off the them and all the hard work they do...I feel like a slacker next to them.

texwisgirl said...

she sounds like a wonderful bright spot in your day. hurray for farmers and sweet cousins!

Out on the prairie said...

Looks like some nice choices.Was it aphids on the petunias perhaps?

Evi said...

Comme tu racontes bien ta petite rencontre surprise avec la cousine d'au-delà des collines :D:D:D
Il faut vraiment que tu écrives DES livres, car les choses les plus "banales" du quotidien tournent, grâce à toi, en histoires passionnantes! Trop chou. Le plus beau, c'est que j'entends le rire de M. au moment où tu la prends en photo.

Meg said...

Oh! Is that the greenhouse where you bough them? Gorgeous! I just love a stuffed-to-the-gills nursery. Makes me want to stay forever!

Michael Rowland said...

I really like the bottom photo Allison, such lush colours and bountiful life,,,M

Trisha said...

So beautiful! It makes me want to get out there & plant some more :) I'm so bad at selecting what to grow. I tend to pick what I like & hope for the best :D

teca said...

Ahhhh... I love flowers!
What a delicious images...

A warm hug, honey.

Randy said...

Just the beauty that I needed to see after a long week of work.

lilabraga said...

gorgeousnesss!!!!!!!
simply lovely images and post!
xox
lila

Pam said...

With so many beautiful choices its hard to decide. Elegance and grace also describes you and the way you write, Allison.

be well, be happy :)
Pam

John McElveen said...

Color, variety, beauty--all in one spot!!!!

LOVE IT LOVE IT!

JOhn