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    Posted 9 months ago

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    Like many other festive days, Valentine's Day has it's stereotypical aspects. We're all different, & so why not approach it in a different way to suit ourselves?
    1. I unearthed this stone heart in the garden of my former home some years ago now. It came with me to my new home because it is special & strange. It lives on the mantelpiece now with other special things. And just like the Tin Man (for some reason I always related to the Tin Man) I found my heart at last.
    2. I don't know about you, but red roses are kind of...ho hum. Here instead is a black calla lily that has been in bloom for over a month, through extreme heat & wild storms. And it is shaped like a heart! This variety is called "Black Star"....just like David Bowie's final record.
    3. On the same theme, a black hollyhock, called "The Watchman". I first saw this growing in the Botanic Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania in 2006, & I thought...I'd love to grow one of those someday. Well, dreams can come true, & here it is, black as midnight & like living velvet.
    Happy days to you all, whoever you are & whoever & whatever you love...


    1. Ivonne Ivonne, 9 months ago
      Happy Valentine's.They're a bit in a ' gothic' mood,aren't they?
    2. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thank you, Ivonne, I extend the same wishes to you....& yes, I have always been Gothic at heart...
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 9 months ago
      A very special heart rock, indeed!
      I love the black hollyhock and your description of it, “black as midnight and like living velvet”....if I had never seen a black hollyhock blossom, I would be able to envision one just by those words.
    4. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 9 months ago
      Love that stone! It's a perfect heart for sure, love the reference to the Tin Man, made me chuckle. (Chuckle?! That's one weird word)!!! The black calla lily absolutely does look like a heart! And David Bowie... :( gone too soon. Never heard of the third one but looks good!
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 9 months ago
      Love the post Marin! :^D Thanks for showing, a little Darker Valentines Day! :^)
    6. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thanks so much, Patricia, & I'm pleased to think that I was able to paint a picture with words for you!
    7. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thanks also keramikos - yes, the Tin Man struck a chord with me, something melacholic & comical all at once. I could very well imagine that metallic paint would be hazardous to one's health, too...all kinds of toxic things in it...especially back in those days! Great video BTW!
    8. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thanks also, sharurpassion, & agree with all you said! As to the black hollyhock, there are some other varieties but this seems to be the best one (& the one that was in stock at my local plant nursery).
    9. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Many thanks, Bill, & I'm glad to have brought a little dark light to your day!
      Us Goths are really quite gentle folks despite all the black...
    10. kyratango kyratango, 9 months ago
      Very special flowers! I love them!!! The red roses... eerk for me too :-)
      The rock heart, I'd have dug and keep it too :-D
    11. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thanks so much, Pascale!
      Yes, to me there's something magical about black flowers, it's an unexpected, mysterious colour. I'm also glad that you appreciate the rock, it was a wonderful find. I'd been gardening for hours, tidying up an old flower bed, when I unearthed it. It must have come from somewhere else as it was completely unlike any other rocks in the whole garden. And at the same time, I also found a single gold earring & a coin.
    12. kyratango kyratango, 9 months ago
      Auspicious finds!!! :-))
    13. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 months ago
      stone heart but what beautiful and great pieces on the chimmeny.
    14. IronLace IronLace, 7 months ago
      I agree, Pascale - it was a magical end to a day of rather hard work in my old garden. I was feeling weary & dour, but those finds lifted me up & away from all that...
    15. IronLace IronLace, 7 months ago
      Thank you most kindly, kivatinitz, much appreciated & glad that you're enjoying these vases. Hope to find more some day...

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