Friday, September 28, 2012
Most of my garden photographs get posted in my blog www.stonesandfeathers.wordpress.com . Most of my kitchen stories and recipes get told at www.kitchenkeepers.wordpress.com . But this blue pea vine that blooms so profusely at my kitchen window reminds me why I love vines so much: they are quite alot like families. There is something magical about a climbing vine in a garden. Vines seem to have a mind of their own and grow here and there in many directions - but they need something to cling to or climb on, a support. Like morning glories and moonflowers, they reach for the strength of a trellis or rail and hang on, blooming and blooming some more.
Families can be like that too. Especially in our marriages, I think sometimes we are branches of the vine and at other times we need to be the trellis, offering support for each other's growth and change. As I age, my children help me do things I once could do for myself or for them. So last night, as the blue pea vine peeked in my kitchen window, I cooked a pot of seafood gumbo with my granddaughter's good help while my son hung curtain rods for me and my daughter in law stood on a ladder to change light bulbs. I am thankful for my trellis and glad I can still bloom. They loved the gumbo.
Monday, August 1, 2011
These fat Moon Flower buds stay tightly furled in our daytime triple digit heat but when the sun sinks low, they begin their slow revelation of white tissue petals and yellow star centers. Growing on the same trellis, Morning Glories begin their deep purple show just as the Moon Flowers are folding up again. Here, I stand on the outside of my kitchen window to catch their image. But when I am inside, standing at the kitchen sink, I marvel at the vines and their ever changing art at my window. I think that is why they call it a window frame.