8.26.2014

AS SOON AS THERE IS A GUEST ROOM, DAHLIAS ARRIVE


It is lovely to have friends who will jump in the car for a visit the moment the paint has dried in the guest room.


Frances, Queen of Dahlias, came to see me at my new cabin in the woods, bearing buckets full of her beauties. (I link to her website for all of you who don't know her work as a potter, as she is as truly gifted at the wheel as in her garden.) And my friends Kate and Brian with their 6 month old Elliot joined us for lunch on the terrace and a walk on the beach.




I am happy to share the dahlias with you. (And as well the corner of a postcard bearing a painting called Question of Balance by artist Joe Keiffer, also a marvelously talented person.) I don't think there is much for me to say about dahlias except that it wasn't until I sat myself down in front of a pitcher full of them in the quiet of this early morning, the day after all the company had left, that I really began to examine their curly, kooky ways. Dahlias pose questions of balance, among other of their ways. They bear up under intense scrutiny. And they know it, too.


21 comments:

JSBB said...

"Curly, kooky..." well said. Thanks for reappearing.

Sadly, I bought many dahlias in the spring (inspired by Frances' images -- and now yours) and never found the time to plant them.Continually frustrated by the need to balance earning money and time....

MJH Design Arts said...

I've been missing your heart-filled posts. Can we have more details re. new cottage? xo Mary

Joan McKniff said...

Feeling just as Rochelle said so well. Welcome back into my home.

Biff said...

Glad to see you back Dominique!


This is William with my fancy new posting name 'Biff', which I signed up as on Capital New York and I can't seem to escape it. I just automatically come up as 'Biff'! Damn technology!


I hope Mia makes it back. Her last comment from a couple of months ago almost made me cry.


Show us some pics of that new Rhode Island shack of yours!

Judith said...

Dahlias are the perfect flower -- even with their crazy 'imperfections' which I hadn't noticed until now. Waving to you from South Dakota!

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I was just reading a magazine and a picture made me think about slow love life, I decided to check and see if Dominique had posted and sure enough a few new posts! Sometimes you don't know how much fun your having until its gone and I think we can all attest to that here at slowlovelife. The pictures are beautiful as always, thank you Dominique for coming back!. Summer is over ( I think) and my guest room(s) are empty. I'm happy for the season change, to get in touch with myself and my surroundings again.
I have never been a sun worshiper, but this summer I was not careful and I have a terrific tan, which is not good as I will pay for it later. For now I am slathering my face with expensive creams trying to undo the damage before I see my dermatologist next week. I think i just wanted to be free again on the beach, like I used to be years ago, not a worry in the world. Like a tan can bring back good and easy times, (not that I knew it then) . Is it just me, or have things gone sour? The news is so overwhelming upsetting. I no longer want to read a newspaper, or watch the news on TV . The only thing I seem to want to know, is what the weather is going to be like tomorrow. So this blog is a very welcome respite, welcome back Dominique and everyone who reads and participates, you have been missed.

Mia said...

I'm back Biff (love the name). Yes, wouldn't it be lovely to see some pictures of Dominques new summer home. I hope the "other project" she is working on is a new book, what fun it would be to catch up on her escapades again. That's what we all need, a good book to escape into, that would be just the ticket, no?

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Biff said...

Mia, From Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Only Living Boy In New York': "I can gather all the news I need on the weather report". Just be glad the President said we aren't going into another war, this is only a 'massive anti-terroism campaign', not a war. So rest easy.

Mia said...

Well its not just terrorists that we are seeing and hearing about over and over....while not watching TV I somehow managed to see a young black woman being knocked out cold in an elevator and dragged out and down a hall by her famous football player boyfriend at least 4 times in the last 2 days! You know, I'm aware that violent and horrible things happened in the past but the media is not satisfied with a single report, every horrible news item is fodder for which news station can dramatize it the most, over and over again. No respect for the victims or their family...no mercy shown and all for the damn ratings. I feel sorry for the children who are being exposed to all this violence thru TV, computers, i phones, tablets and newspapers. We will become a society on anti anxiety drugs if we keep going in this direction.

Biff said...

Mia I hate to break it to you, but that famous football player/girlfriend elevator couple is now married and she is asking the media publicly to 'butt out!' of their business! What do you think of that?

Mia said...

Its all about money and I highly suspect it won't won't be last time they are in news!

Biff said...

Mia are you saying "Follow the money' like Deep Throat?

Mia said...

Ah, I'm saying that she would stay with him for the money and glamour that comes with being married to a professional football player, with a huge contract. Money is also the reason that the media is blasting any horrific news item they can at us 24 hours a day! Not satisfied with reporting it once they have to continue for days. Even the weather has gotten to be a drama show. A rain storm coming across from the west is a big deal on the weather station now, its like who can bring forth the most drama and worst headlines to get your attention. I guess its always been that way...but not quite as much as we are being deluged with now.

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Leslie in Oregon said...

I hope that we get to hear more about your new cabin in the woods...congratulations! ... I love dahlias but have the same problem with them that JSBB describes in his/her comment. ... Thank you for introducing me to the work of artist Keiffer; I relish every piece shown on his website.

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In 30 years of reading the New York Times Book Review, I don't think there has been more than a handful of times that a review has enfuriated me as much as Dominique Browning's Gardening review of selected Christmas books, in which she leads with a recommendation of a book defending weeds, and even makes a point in defending invasive non-natives.


As one attempting to restore habitat for birds and wildlife, and particularly host plants for butterflies, as butterfly host plant needs can be very native specific, I have enough invasive non-native plants to contend with without this meme of careless irresponsibility set loose on the public. Would Dominique care to clean up her vegetative pollution when it infests the private property of a neighbor like me?

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