820. Flowers really do intoxicate me. ~Vita Sackville-West

  All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

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Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames–
These must all be fairy names!

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Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

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Fair are grown-up people’s trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him. ~Auguste Rodin

Ah to be an artist and to be able to have conversations with the flowers, but then I talk to mine all the time, offering up praise for their beauty. Admittedly they tend to be one-sided conversations, but nodding the head demurely is an acceptable way of accepting words of admiration, is it not?! So too, when I hear the Lord speak, I bow my head in the same way the flowers do, and I pray He also sees it as an act of devoted adoration.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. ~1 Chronicles 29:11  ✝

**I took the photo of the pink Hollyhock when we visited Monet’s gardens at Giverny, France. The other two images I found on Pinterest.

17 thoughts on “820. Flowers really do intoxicate me. ~Vita Sackville-West

  1. I am especially susceptible to gardenias, honey suckle and magnolia flowers when it comes to intoxicating effects. The misty forest with the stone house and tiny flowers looks intoxicating too. All sweet images to relax by.

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  2. Oh but Natalie—you are an artist—you paint a beautiful landscape with your love, dedication, determination, knowledge of what will flourish best in the canvas of your yard—and that my friend is a rare and laborious gift that you work to perfect day in and day out!! Happy planting 🙂

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  3. I loved this post. The way you described your conversations with your flowers and compared their response to ours when we are conversing with the Lord was so beautiful and reminded me of Romans 8:26-27.

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Theresa

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  4. “Ah to be an artist and to be able to have conversations with flowers, but then I talk to mine all the time, offering up praise for their beauty. Admittedly they tend to be one-sided conversations, but nodding the head demurely is an acceptable way of accepting words of admiration, is it not?! So too, when I hear the Lord speak, I bow my head in same way as the flowers, and I pray He also sees it as an act of devoted adoration.”
    –Ohhhhhh Natalie, I love this. So so much. Especially your parallel observation of when the Lord speaks with you. And I can just picture you talking sweetly to your flowers.
    Love and hugs.
    🙂 ❤

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