Ligustrum

Ligustrum is just pretty and is such an easy, low maintenance shrub, that I may even learn to accept the scent.

Native to Japan, Ligustrum has glossy ever-green leaves .  The shrub can be trained/pruned  to desirable shapes.  I allow the sun and shadow and rain to “train” those in my garden. I do prune branches that begin to protrude into pathways. As a result they resemble small trees.  The tallest, so far, is about fifteen feet high.  Others are rounder and lower, depending on where the sun is in relation to where they are.  Mine tolerate drought and rain. All are in acidic well drained soil.

Ligustrum   ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

Ligustrum ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

This photo is from Dear Son III’s  garden in Yulee, Florida.  All of the Ligustrum in my yard (about a dozen) are rooted from parent plants in his yard.  The flower’s white beauty makes the scent better than it really is.

Bearspawprint 2014

Ligustrum japonicum – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Music of May Day

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Flora (mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Triumph of Flora, by Master of Flora c. 1560
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Flora´s Secret — ENYA

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Пробуждение Флоры — 18 Minutes 16 Seconds

composer Riccardo Drigo 1894 ballet “Le Réveil de Flore”
Пробуждение Флоры  =  Le Réveil de Flore  =  The Awakening of Flora  –Yuri Burlaka’s pas de quatre titled «Розарий» (literally translated as “Rosary”) by students of the Vaganova Academy, St. Petersburg. June 11, 2014. The pas is based on themes & music taken from Marius Petipa & composer Riccardo Drigo’s 1894 ballet “Le Réveil de Flore” (eng. “The Awakening of Flora” / rus. «Пробуждение Флоры»), & also includes music that Drigo composed for other works.
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Beltane Border Morris Dancing The BELTANE FIRE DANCE
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Omnia – Tine Bealtaine

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Beltane Fire Dance by Loreena McKennitt

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Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht The First Walpurgis Night — 36 Minutes 2 Seconds

Antoni Ros Marbà, conductor
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Cristina Faus (mezzosoprano), Agustín Prunell-Friend (tenor), Josep-Miquel Ramón (baritone)
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Blocksperga – Walpurgis – Fehmarn

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Tanzt In Den Mai   Grasbrunn

Tanzt In Den Mai = Dance into May
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Smash The Banks Polka — Mayday 2012 NYC OWS —  Rude Mechanical Band
Occupy New Haven and some other picketers were outside Chase tower when Rude Mechanical showed up to lighten the mood.
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SAINT JOSEPH ALSO KNOWN AS JOSEPH THE WORKER
St. Joseph – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online
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Joseph The Silent Saint —  Long:  44Minutes and 2o Sec. Documentary

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For May Day, Bear chose the theme May Day.  When Eva has chosen the theme  for May 8, UI shall edit it in here.
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BEAR:  BEAR
EVA:   http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/
JOHNNY:  JOHNNY
LISA:   Lisa
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MAY DAY  .  MAY DAY  .  MAY DAY
“It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by mariners and aviators, but in some countries local organisations such as police forces, firefighters, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row (“Mayday Mayday Mayday”) to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.”
Mayday – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, This is… by Yasuyuki ENDO with Ballet National de Marseille. This piece is created for Charity for TOHOKU disaster in 2011.

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Mayday (M’Aidez) — People In Planes

Help me! Help me!
You know me better than I know myself
Mayday! Mayday!
Send angels, I’m a danger to myself
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Beautiful Weeds

The plants my neighbors call weeds are beautiful to me.

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Dandelion Seeds

ⓒ Bearspawprint  2014-04

ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014-04

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I call this plant Cow Heather, because it likes cow pastures and because of the color seen in the background above.  Farmers think of it as a weed because the cattle don’t care for it’s sour taste, and I have been told that it flavors milk unpleasantly.  Apparently it does not affect the meat.  My husband calls it Sour Grass and chewed on it as a child.  I’ve always called an entirely different plant Sour Grass, which tastes more lemony and fresher, to me, and which I’ve intoduced to the children.   I, and the cows, don’t like this one’s flavor, but I do like it’s  heathery appearance.  I am happy to see fields of it or small patches.  When back lit by the afternoon sun  a translucence, not readily visible from a distance, can be seen.

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ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014-04-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symetry of Theft

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Is jealousy of creation a part of  human nature?
Is it innocence to assume that all flowers
Are for the plucking? Is it righteous to
Reach out and take take take take take
Calling the self both messenger and author?
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Is it human nature to pluck the best?
To hunt through the ordered gardens and the wilderness
Gathering the prettiest and the most significant,
Plucking the flowers from their context
And claiming, “Now this is mine.” ?
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Why not take all the best that you can perceive?
Why not take what moves your soul? Take take, take take .
Take what brings some comfort.  Take take take take.
Why should the intensity of your wanting
Not be justification for thieving actions?
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If there is beauty in the wild,
Is that Wildness available for the plucking?
Are there no consequences for your taking taking
Taking taking taking taking taking.
There is always balance in nature.
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There are always consequences.
The flattery of your wanting is insufficient.
The Universe cares not for flattery.
When beauty flows into your heart,
Does that make you the author or the audience?
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You vandalizing thieves who have destroyed
With your careless critical trampling;
You flattering greedy plagiarizing soul cannibals;
You deceive only yourself that you are the art,
Yourself the artist and the gardener.
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You trolling gatherers of art’s life blood,
Think that there is no price to pay. Wrong.
Restitution is always made. Balance is a contract
With the Universe, made before the birth of beauty.
Think on symmetry when you claim what is not yours …
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Da! Da! Da!
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Through all strata of creation balance is maintained.
Bear … 04.23.2014
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Rainy Day Walk … Wild Azaleas … Rhododendron Canescens

A walk on a rainy day  can be pleasant.  The rain slowed enough to wander and there was just enough drizzle to keep down the worst of the skeets (mosquitoes).  I was looking for Wild Azaleas to share,  and there they were … waiting

 

Bear … 03.29.2014 …. Rainy Day Walk… Wild Azalea Buds

 

 

 

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