Thursday, July 28, 2011

Morning in the Garden

"The sun is but a morning star."

Henry David Thoreau

Food. Water. Nesting. Shelter. It is the welcoming spirit of this garden. We may know what is likely in bloom when the sun rises next. What shows up and where is a delightful appetizer to the day. Earlier this month I found this goldfinch asleep on the fountain head. 

 This morning's oriole must have loved his visit earlier this year for he doubled back so late in summer. 

Kumquats for jam, basil for pasta and kumquats

God began all time in the garden. The freshly risen sun is good company to steer the day, menu and decorations by.   

The green and white glass is pulled like a spearmint stripe up the Murano vase. A few branchlets from the kumquat tree escorted by scented geranium leaves- the small footprint of this arrangement can will grace a small corner space with charm.

Ancient mariners steered across hostile oceans, guided back home the the evening stars. The California suburbs being a tamer place and time, I only need one star to guide my day- the morning star- the sun.


Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Great pictures! I've never seen a Goldfinch before. It's beautiful!


nikkipolani said...

Now that's one happy looking goldfinch :-) As is your kumquat!

Lydia said...

Oh, Pam. I shall have to get out the goldfinch video. They are amazing when awake. That poor little fellow wasn't awake.

Nikki- I thought that goldfinch was going to let me pet it):-

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How pretty...although I live not too far from you I don't think I have ever seen a Goldfinch in my garden. How beautiful.

Lydia said...

La Vie- I am in love with your garden! I am so glad you and Pam wrote me about goldfinches. I take them for granted. No more!

Decor To Adore said...

I have never seen such lovely birds. Thank you for sharing.

Oregon Sue said...

LOVE birds. Great pictures. I so miss the kumquat tree that was outside my bedroom window when I was growing up in L.A. I'd open the screen and pick them. Mmmmm..... sweet skin, tart inside. Awesome marmalade. Thanks for those you sent me a few years ago. Memories flooded. xo