Monday, December 8, 2008

Who’s walking down the streets of the city, smiling at everybody she sees?

Yeah, that would be Windy. And frankly, I always thought that Windy, as commemorated in song by The Association, had a dark side to her apparent nonstop ecstasy. There were definite implications of a Crazy Lady thing going on. A little too frenetic and happy, know what I mean? This infernal wind has the same general tone of borderline personality disorder. Oh, it seems benign, but it gets a little whipped up and just never stops. And it just seems ODD.

Safely protected from this wind, the Rainbow Knockouts are thriving. They were massively verklempt after the summer heat, but now they've regained their composure and their true sunlit pink.

I planted a holiday poinsettia in the ground after Christmas last year and now it appears to be fixing to bloom. It's a white flowered variety.

The Icebergs are also blooming prolifically; but since they are exposed to the street frontage, suffer from the wind. Tonight on my walk in the 'hood, the wind was out of the south at a steady 15 knots by the look of the windsock at Dept. of Health. says gusting to 28mph. Maybe we should install windmills on our houses instead of solar panels. If you're thinking, why doesn't she shut up about the wind, go read someone else's blog. I'm telling you right now: this wind ain't natural.
Charles survived the so-called freeze. He was bundled in his makeshift tent but I don't think it froze here as some of my unprotected plants in front also seem unfazed. He is busy producing another flush of buds, so in about 3 weeks, if I can keep them safe, there will be another performance of the yellow bells. Helping this brug winter over has now become my raison d'etre. Yes, I know, get a life. But really, it helps to focus on trivial matters when the world is spinning around, doesn't it?

Somewhere between the trivial and very important is the save-the-date postcard I'm working on for Grace's wedding. It's a take-off on old timey postcards; I plan to have the printer leave the job untrimmed and then cut them myself with deckle-edge scissors. Among the Narrangansett motifs, I included the heavenly Rosa Rugosa on the lower left-hand side of the image. This seashore-loving rose grows in dense thickets along the coastline and its scent is an intense mix of rose, lemon and seaspray. And, with red roses being the symbol of love, this bit of Rhode Island botany seemed just right.


Cindy, MCOK said...

Libby, we had some gusts yesterday strong enough to rattle a couple of doors. It's perfectly still now ... hope it's the same in Austin. Here's to RAIN for both of us!

Anonymous said...

I'm bowled over by your drawings. What a lovely idea for a save-the-date card. We saw rugosa roses in Maine this summer, and they were indeed memorable.

Lori said...

I love your card you're working on. What kind of paint did you use? I can't tell if it's watercolor or acrylic, but I really like it. And now I want to see some northeast rugosas. Some grew wild in the ditches in WI, but as far as I could tell, none were ever scented.

Libby at Aurora Primavera said...

Lori, the paint medium is gouache. If you paint and are unfamiliar with it, for sure give it a tray. Jerry's Artarama sells it. It's a water-based medium but it's opaque. Lots of fun layers and overpainting things you can do with it.

ConsciousGardener said...

Hey Windy, your brug. looks awesome! How old is she? he? I just got one a few months ago and am worried about the winter...they yank them out of the ground at Zilker...I'm glad yours survive without all that trouble.

I love your save the date! There is nothing like home made cards! I'm sure it's going to be a beautiful wedding with you helping out the finite details!

cotedetexas said...

Will you post the final postcard????

Libby - have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Years!!!