From my balcony

Edelweiss among the petunias

Edelweiss among the petunias

Edelweiss in front of my custom-bred petunias.

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The Longest Day (of edelweiss)

It’s Midsummer Day, when the day is longer than any other day of the year, but I don’t have any cool druid friends around to jump over a bonfire with, so instead I am posting pictures of my edelweiss.  I’ve never successfully grown edelweiss before and am very proud of it.  (Even though the cat ate some of the flowers off of it!)

Edelweiss

Edelweiss

More edelweiss

More edelweiss

Total edelweiss madness

Total edelweiss madness

The view from my balcony, May 7, 2013

Here’s the view from my balcony this afternoon.

View from my balcony, 7 May 2013

View from my balcony, 7 May 2013

Also, some views of my balcony garden.

White petunias on the windowsill

White petunias on the windowsill

And some more petunias about to bloom very soon:

Blue Star petunias about to bloom

Blue Star petunias about to bloom

The humble petunia:  so much happiness in such a small, cheap, easy-to-grow package.

Quote of the Day: Beauty

The only kind of beauty I care about

The only kind of beauty that matters

I hate to my fucking core that “beauty” in a woman has nothing to do with a look of intelligence, happiness or anything complex, human and deeper than bone structure and the colours and size of your respective bits, not to mention having no sign of encroaching death by way of a wrinkle or flesh giving in to gravity.

Commenter Lizor, on this epic thread at Nine Deuce’s blog

Yet more proof that beauty is an oppressive concept when applied to human beings.  One of these days I’m going to have to write a blog post of my own on this subject.

And that poor petunia looked much nicer at the garden shop. It had to survive being stuck in a bag and walked 5 km home.  I’m surprised the bloom even survived.  I’ve bought some flowers for my window boxes and today I’m going to plant them.