Thank you for all the lovely comments--and Lena for remembering Miss Rumphius! (We actually have that book around here somewhere--an inspirational read at any age.) One thing I forgot to mention in my last post--as I sat and sighed, and contemplated the white garden, is that it is also Lily's final resting place. Actually, I didn't make the connection between white flowers and our beloved white cat immediately, rather it was a slow and serendipitous dawning; as these things sometimes are, bringing us an unexpected blessing. In my heart from now on, white lupine will always be Lily's flower.
And speaking of white gardens...ready or not, here comes another gorgeous white one, this time for the state of North Carolina. It is the second block for Dogwood, the other one represents Virginia. The designs are slightly different, but I used the same colors because I really liked how that first block turned out. They are listed below, but as always, feel free to "paint" your flowers any way you wish.
My trusty research assistant (aka Miss Ginger), has gathered a few facts for me to share. By the way, I'm loving this arrangement. I give her a flower card and she returns it all filled out. It's a wonderful way to learn and she's helping me at the same time. Anyway, the dogwood (cornus florida), blossoms in early spring and into summer, so many of you are most likely already enjoying the blooms, as they grow almost everywhere including the mountains and the coast. It was so common in North Carolina, growing throughout the state, that it was adopted on March 15, 1941 as the official flower.
So that's it for today. Have fun stitching until we meet again . . .