Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #5

The God who splashes pink sunrise clouds across the sky to begin the new day created us to be unique…authentically designed!

I’ve been re-reading ‘Dear Theo’ by Irving Stone. This time, as the words of Vincent describe to Theo a painting or sketch, I look up the subject/painting in a retrospective I have on Van Gogh. The talented writing of Vincent comes to life through his paintings. I love this quote—

“I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

I want to take the words of the verse and quote to heart and always be authentic.

Blue Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus) grows in my garden as a reliable perennial. I started the plants from seed, and at this time have two growing in my summer gardens. They aren’t prolific bloomers, at least not yet, but the globes last for weeks, and the flowers for several days. Blue Globe Thistles are a good choice for Cee’s Flower of the Day in shades of Blue Bell, the Color Your World Challenge this week.

Other flowers blooming in Blue Bell shades are Blue Lobelia, Torenia, and Hydrangeas.

Burning Bush turns flame red in the Autumn.

After all the blues it’s time for a rainbow of color. The pictures can’t capture all the nuances of the coleus. Some twist and turn and are as ruffled as a pleated collar. Others are flat-leafed, with leaves so large they are longer and wider than my size 7 foot. Several are tiny with long fingers on their edges, the leaves are the size of a half dollar. The flowers are beginning to emerge, and the bees are pollinating; a new crop of seeds is beginning to form.

22 thoughts on “Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #5

  1. I must send you a picture of my coleus plants from your seeds. They look wonderful to me.

    I love burning bushes, too. There is a nice one in the garden that came with this house, and we enjoy it.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Hi Anne, Please do send some photos. I’m glad you are pleased with the colors. I love mine…every year I love them more than before, I never tire of them.

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  2. I’m a new plant-mom so forgive my ignorance please: can the coleus be an indoor plant, in a pot?? If so, I’d love to have a gift of your seeds ❤ Just so you know, I have a new blog–but I'm the one who chatted previously with you about, "We are NOT sheep, to carry burdens" 🙂 Hope you are well, thriving–God bless you abundantly! I'll await your response before emailing you 🙂 Fleur

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    1. Timelesslady

      Yes they are fabulous houseplants. They love potting soil! I will definitely visit your blog. If you send your address to me through my Yahoo email I’ll mail you some seeds midweek. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  3. And then I forgot to say, you’ve won my heart by featuring Vincent, and speaking so well of him. He badly wanted to be a Christian preacher, as you probably know–but because he was “different”, his denomination refused to allow it. I consider him my kindred spirit, read almost every book about him.

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    1. I love Coleus! Have it in most all of my pots. Know this sounds awful but I have never even thought about growing it from seeds😳.
      I just buy the plants every spring. I love your posts and alway admire your wisdom and knowledge about nature and plants. My favorite this year was the butterfly posts. I have no idea how or when to plant, but willing to try!
      Thank you for your blogs. Missed you when you took a break but so glad you came back!!

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      1. Timelesslady

        Hi Ruthie, I would love to send you coleus seeds. They make great houseplants through the winter and can be put in the garden in the spring. The seeds grow very slowly. For springtime planting I start mine in January or February. You could start them as soon as you get them if you want to grow them as houseplants. If you send your address to this my yahoo email account with coleus in the subject line, I’ll get them right to you. Thanks for the comment. Kathy

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    2. Timelesslady

      My heart was won by Vincent when I read he was asked to leave the pulpit because he gave away all his clothes and looked shabby. Their loss was the art world’s gain.

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      1. I just can’t get over the small-mindedness of such people–and I suspect God especially loves the “shabby” whose hearts are for HIM (as that would describe me 🙂 ). Definitely, their loss and the world’s lovely gain ❤

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    3. Timelesslady

      I feel the same toward him…his father was a minister, so was mine. I also read he loved nature and insects and other natural things and I have since before I can remember…my mother told me I used to become fascinated by ants and other bugs when I was in my stroller.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks so much Arlene. I wish I could send them to you. I have checked and to send seeds out of the country means all kinds of certificates…I would be lost trying to figure it all out.

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