Sunday, 1 May 2011

Then to the Maypole Haste away.....

Thank you for all your encouragement with the last piece. Its given me a shove so here's the start of 'Noon a purple glow' with a seaweed feel I think. 
I heard a recording of  Yeats reading the poem where he says it refers to the glow of the heather in the water, well mine's the sea and not a lake, and its the purpleness of the Burren Limestone  reflecting in the sea....so there!
 Sorry about the blurry picture, its quicker to e mail it to myself from my iphone than sit and wait for iphoto to upload from my camera. I'm sure there's an easier way but I need to get a 'one to one' sorted out at the Apple store and I really don't fancy a trek into Manchester in this lovely weather.
Talking of which....
Yes there are parts of my garden which flourish because I leave them alone. I took the clippers to this lilac three years ago and its the first time its flowered since. But isn't it a beauty? 
Ooh..the scent from this vase of loveliness!
(Another phone photo so a bit flarey but the colour is better than my camera)

About 9 years ago we arrived in Paris in time for 1st May and were delighted to find the custom of carrying and giving Lilies of the Valley in little bunches. 
Les Muguets also grow in my untended garden. 
I have a National trust Lily of the Valley soap on my bedside table just for the scent.
Happy Mayday.



26 comments:

Createology said...

How perfectly purle hued your seaweed is. Gorgeous. Marvelous May to you...

Jude said...

You are just up my street!
Take care
x

Iz said...

Those lilacs are amazing!

Pomona said...

Love the purples - and love the scent of lilies of the valley. I didn't know about the French custom!

Pomona x

Elizabeth said...

Oh two of my most very favorite flowers!!! Unfortunately here in VA it is warm enough so that when they bloom, they do not last often!!:(

Your sea weed purple and green piecesa re wonderful- my favorite color combo!!!!


Stitch on Dear girl!!!!

Kim said...

Hi Jackie, will any of these babies make to the ETSY store? Very gorgous. I love the way your work is linked the the environment.

Lyn said...

Happy May Day to you too Jackie. I love lilacs, yours is such a pretty colour!
love
Lyn
xxx

Christine said...

Love the seaweed - your pieces just get better and better!

karen said...

happy mayday to you too!!! I am jealous of your lilac!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooooh - purple is one of my faves, so I love your latest pieces and THEN I scrolled down and saw those lilacs and can practically smell them from here!!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

My mum had lillies of the valley in her wedding bouquet x

connie said...

OK, you have officially tortured me. My favorite flowers are lilacs and lily of the valley... I can just smell both of them! Neither grow where I am living now so Enjoy them for me. :-) I love you new pieces too but the flowers took front row....

ju-north said...

Beautiful! Can smell the scent from here! Now that explains the appearance of lilies of the valley on some blogs!

swig said...

I discover your blog and your work. It's great! Greetings from Paris.

Heather said...

Oh those gorgeous colours Jackie - I just love them. Your lilac too is beautiful - I must go a have a sniff of mine. Lovely stuff. I must also search for my lily of the valley which I planted last autumn and haven't seen since!

Whitney-Anne Baker said...

very seaweedy indeed though at first glance I thought they looked a bit like geckos. Love the picture of veils of the morning which made me think of a shoal of tiny shiny whitebait that swam all around our feet one summer.

Sandy said...

Yummy pieces. It's such a beautiful color to the lilac.

jackie said...

Beautiful colours. I love Yeats' poetry and recently made some covers for my son with the words from Innisfree worked on them - neither he or his girlfriend knew the poem.

Rachel said...

Good to see you've started on the purple one - looking forward to seeing it!

Jill said...

You know who had lily of the valley in her bouquet?
It just won't thrive in my chalky soil, but it grew all along my grandparents' cottage. I can smell it now.

lilylovekin said...

Yes I noticed lily of the valley in a particular bouquet this past few days. It was wonderful to see all that happiness. Also the lilacs remind me of good childhood memories, glad you haven't been chopping on that bush these past couple of years.

mimilove forever said...

Teehee...yeah in y' face Yeats! NUR!;0)
Utterly GLORIOUS colours LOVE!

...and pleased the lilac has breathed a flowery sigh of relief...sounds like you went to the same gardening skool I did! :D

A time to dance said...

I love lily of the valley - especially the scent - I can never get it to grow...fancy meeting up in the holidays - we are in manchester for an interview on the 31st May....

Linda said...

Love those little sea-weedles Jackie; scrummy purple with touches of ochre (must remember that combo :-)
And your lilac......is SO lilac!!
XX

Caroline said...

Mmm - can almost smell that gorgeous lilac from here! How lovely 'Noon a purple glow' (with its seaweed feel) looks!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I have the same lilac - chosen for its wonderful rich color - and she is certainly a prima donna. Last year I gave her the most judicious trim and this year she sulked and produced only one panicle! :-0



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