Monthly Archives: June 2012

I think I’m going to have to go to Paris next June!

Garden, Travel, Photo Journal

June is the season for roses and time to visit the many rose gardens in France. One of the recently created is the rose garden of the royal Abbey of Chaalis once the Renaissance style garden of Ippolito II d’Este Cardinal of Ferrara son of Lucrezia Borgia with Alfonso I d’Este and who created the famous Villa d’Este in Tivoli. The rose garden is located just behind the Chapel of Saint Mary once part of the Abbey. It was not till 1902 when Nélie Jacquemart-André wife of the banker Édouard André, bought the property and decided to create a rose garden. She would kept the Renaissance style gate with the arms belonging to Cardinal d’Este as well as the 16th century walls surrounding the garden work of Sebastiano Serlio – another Italian Renaissance artist who came to France at the request of Francis I to work in Fontainebleau. The rose…

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Roses from Paris, great detail about the history of a rose garden and how it enhanced cultural activities over 100 years ago!

Garden, Travel, Photo Journal

The first rose garden in France and probably the oldest in the world ! June is the season for roses and time to visit the beautiful Rosery of Val de Marne in l’Haÿ les Roses just a few kilometres from Paris. It all began in 1894 when Jules Gravereaux started his rose collection. He assembled more than 1600 varieties and more were added through hybridization. Today the rosery has more than 3300 varieties of roses. By 1899 Gravereaux created his garden with the help of Edouard André the landscape designer. The garden became a popular destination for the Parisians of the “Belle Epoque”. In 1905 Gravereaux joined the Rosati Society dedicated to the world of the Rose – encouraging cultural activities with rose-themed plays, music, ballet and opera which was then staged in the Neoclassic style theatre of the Rose built in the Rosery and animated by the most popular…

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Magical Beauty of Pollination

Thank you Debbie Peterson for sharing what is perhaps one of the most beautiful and captivating videos created of the nature and the pollination!

The Beauty of Pollination“, be inspired to look beyond!

New friend

Note: this little guy I chased around at the Sonnenberg Gardens forever, so I gave up and went on my way to photograph other roses. As I’m focusing I noticed he was sitting on bud, as if “I’m ready now”, too funny! I think he’s sexy and he knows it!

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Reblogged from The Petal Pusher photo blog, love the quote!

The Incredible Lightness of Seeing

Warm temperatures during this past winter turned on the plants very early. I carefully planned my garden so that there is an abundance of blooms every month until November, but the perennials are blooming simultaneously, even the mums which I have to pinch back.

No, I’m not complaining about the weather–I’m alive to enjoy it, aren’t I?

Daily Gratitude: first day of Summer, the wowie color of phlox ‘Nicky’, a foot-long cucumber on our vine!

Quote of the Day for YOU: Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses.  ~Proverb

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.

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Stunning “Gifts” From My Gardens

Today I finally found time to weed my gardens, life has been hectic and with a fracture on my leg they have been feeling and looking neglected. I was happy to get in there and pull out the nasty weeds. I found two things, first, as I clearing out the lily garden, right in my face was a huge frog just staring at me, after a jolt I moved to the other side and let the little guy enjoy his space.

As I moved around to the other gardens, I found a few roses in full bloom enjoying the evening rain and basking in the warm sun. The lovely roses had hues of deep red, pink and orange. Here are my roses!

Happy Birthday Mary Cassatt!

Reblogged from the Huffington Post.

Today is the birthday of American artist and early feminist Mary Cassatt. The long time friend of Edgar Degas and influential member of the Impressionist movement would turn 188 if she were magically still alive today.

To celebrate the birthday of this painter, printer and suffragette, we challenge all of our Arts lovers to a quiz! See if those art history courses really paid off by answering these 10 trivia questions about the great Mary Cassatt!

To take the Mary Cassatt quiz, visit Huffington Post and log in, enjoy!

Tell me how you did!


Remarkable Flowers Made Of Nude Bodies

Reblogged from the Huffington Post. Imagination and creativity meet digital art by Cecelia Webber, my favorite? Well, of course, the rose!

Cecelia Webber’s Intricate Flowers Made Of Nude Bodies (PHOTOS)

Posted: 06/01/2012  7:36 am


Cecelia Webber creates entrancing images of flowers in full bloom, from luscious roses to sprightly sunflowers. But if you look a little closer you will may notice something strange about the vibrant petals… they are made of nude bodies! Webber’s works create a fantasy world where people are tiny, flowers gigantic, and the human body is as natural as any form of plant life. We first came across her work at Oddity Central. In order to find out more, we asked Webber some questions about her naked talents. Scroll down for slideshow.

webberHP: Please tell us a little about your process. Who are the models? 

CW: The models up until this point in time have all been volunteers. I’ve had a lot of people offer to pose for my pieces spontaneously. This month will actually mark the first in which I actively recruit models, and I’m going for a mix of different ages, body types, and ethnicities. [Our] culture can be very youth-centric and airbrushed, and I’m interested in portraying a much broader picture. I also appear as the model in a great deal of my artwork; I spent the first two years making this art with a self-timer on a little point and shoot digital camera I rigged up using the hanger bar in my closet.

HP: How long does each “flower” take to bloom?

It takes anywhere between a week and three months for a piece to take shape, depending on the complexity of what I’m trying to do.
HP: We’ve read that you spend your free time hunting for fairies. Have you been successful? How does art play into your daily balance of fantasy and reality?

CW: When I was little my dad read me the “Lord of the Rings” books, and that was what started the epic fairy and gnome hunting I did as a child. I was successful in so far as I found many frogs, salamanders and bugs with which to terrorize my mother. I grew up on an old farmhouse in rural New Hampshire, and I spent a lot of time in the woods and fields behind the house. When I got a little older my interests changed to philosophy and science. I try to keep my mind working. I’m of the opinion that you can’t just make art about art, you have to make art about feelings and ideas. So I try to stay mentally active. There is so much potential to do so many great things everyday. I try to remember to live life like it’s art — that tends to make my artwork more interesting.

Check out Webber’s magical garden of naked forms below:

Look Closer… They’re Naked!

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