You are a dose of agelessness
A place where time stands still
My second star to the right
A slice of Neverland
And when doubt tore my wings
Leaving me stranded on the edge of imagination
You reached back and said, “Roadtrip.”
~ Letters Tied With Ribbon
There is beauty to her darkness
A night-time thing
Beneath a moon strewn garden
Of tangled roses and thyme
A Cashmere Queen
Stone still, she reigns
Her once beating heart, silenced
There was another time
Of windswept words that splashed like water
To cool the burn that seared my skin
I glanced away and she was gone
Yet this is now
She stands, stone still
Words tattooed across a shoulder
“Auribus Teneo Lupum”
and everything I had ever lost, is found
tangled in roses and thyme.
~ The Boy Next Door; The Cashmere Queen
Peonies in cut glass
Starry, starry nights
Our souls collided
and as we picked ourselves up off the ground
this was no accident
and sometimes you find your Holy Grail in a grocery store. Trader Joe’s, Skin Care and Cleaning Aisle. Sunscreen, serum, and scrub. These three items are the best kept little secret of frugal mammas.
At last. Spring has arrived to the west coast. Over at the alice and molly castle, I plant. Some mornings call for mindless pursuits, such as placing a succulent into a tiny planter, in between sips of black coffee, all the while, catching sun beams.
Succulents, or, “starter plants,” are the perfect choice for a mindless morning planting in a potted garden.
The truth is, succulents are for lazy gardeners who prefer simple yet artful plantings. Foolproof, these laid back little lovelies, are easy to grow. I call them, Keepers, as they have been known to live for decades. These babies thrive and can be passed throughout the generations. (My grandmother’s Christmas cacti, is edging upwards of thirty-one years. It’s a timeless reminder of her gentle touch.) Imagine your next family gathering. Send the clan out the door with a cutting from dear old gran’s plant.
Forgiving little beauties, succulents are low maintenance. Allow the plants to dry out between watering. Choose from different shapes and a variety of colours, ranging from dark green, blues, to pinks.
Place your chosen succulent near a sunny window or outside in a bright spot of garden. Sculptural, succulents show off in a variety of containers or rockery edgings. For a swish look, plant a succulent in a silver sugar bowl. If farmhouse style is more to your liking, place a grouping of terra-cotta potted succulents into a low wooden crate. Plant in chippy tea cups. A vintage tobacco tin redeems itself with a succulent’s touch. The big idea is to mix it up. High, low, vintage, modern.
These little, affordable pretties are sure to delight. So go on~ plant a few.