22 May 2012

"Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action and the incentive to achievement."

You might infer from my given name Kristin Joy Light, that I am a positive and upward looking person. I was not born that way, nor was I was brought up to be that way. I learned how to find joy amidst life's sorrows. To realize that even on a gray day, the sun is shining above the clouds. Spring always follows winter. So if you have been enduring a very trying season, I want to encourage you to hold on. When you feel you can run no more, the finish line is nearer than ever. Here I present spring flowers from the gardens on Planet Joy. 

The flowers that appear in my garden each spring inspire hope! May you also be inspired!

Forsythia and daffodils
The very first flowers to appear are the violets, they blossom in late winter and did you know that if you steep the flowers in hot water you will enjoy a most delicate and delightful tea. Next winter, before spring arrives, pluck a handful and try, the scent and flavor from a half-dozen violet blossoms will transport you to a warm sunny disposition!
Hyacinth and daffodils 
Hyacinth was my maternal grandmother's favorite flower, that, and liatris, she favored purple, magenta, lilac colored flowers. Here is a magenta hyacinth with some early daffs in the woodland garden on Planet Joy.
Delicate pink clematis vine 
The landscape here on Planet Joy is a well established garden that was planted in the 50's when the house was built. I've been making some small additions, such as this lovely clematis that was a gift from a friend, this year I resisted the urge to prune it and it has rewarded my restraint with a glorious bounty of variegated pale pink flowers! Did you know that proceeds from the sale of all our pink scarves and jewellery benefits breast cancer research
Dicentra, commonly known as bleeding hearts
Another tender beauty, pink bleeding hearts. The colors feed my senses and inspire my silk painting, like the purple iris below,  you can see how it almost perfectly reflects the distressed hand painted silk boa on the bodice.
Misty Orchid Silk Boa 
Garden Photo Shoot during the Annular Eclipse 5/20/12
I am learning to be a better photographer, I try to shoot in natural light whenever possible, on Sunday, I thought I'd experiment in the unusual lighting conditions of the Annular Eclipse as it was viewable from my home. The light was a bit flat, but it was fun to try a new location and set up for the photo shoot.
Towering Clematis Vine 
Coral Geranium
I planted two coral geraniums in footed urns this year. 
I like to keep a pop of color handy to provide inspiration!
Iris in the bud

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” -Ana├»s Nin

Iris blossoms 
Annular Eclipse Patio Photo Shoot
Dogwood Flower Crepe Poncho with Vintage Romance Silk flower headband 
Buddha nestled in clematis flowers
Spring inspired crepe poncho worn as a scarf
Roses, Dogwood and Peacock Feather Motif Poncho
Gorgeous Dogwood Silk Poncho
Idyllic Spring Garden Photo Shoot
I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by Hafiz, a beautiful mystic sufi poet from Persia 

It Felt Love

Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give to this world
All its

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its

We all remain



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  1. Sweet Joy, you are a lovely light as is your work

    1. Christine,
      Thank you, like I always say: it takes one to know one - just reflecting your light :)

  2. what a wonderful post...I feel better, and refreshed just visiting your joyful planet!
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks Debbi, thanks for visiting!

  3. Oh you know I LOVED this post ... everything is so wonderful, everything. My favorite Spring flowers (when I did have the Spring season) is Daffodils and also another favorite flower is Bleeding Hearts ... thanks so much for the pictures.

    Hugs and Happiness to all.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to see the flowers!
      Hugs to you too :)

  4. perfect post for me today! thanks joy!

    1. Lisa, I'm so glad you stopped by, you're welcome!


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