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climb a tree –
it gets you closer
to heaven

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I have reached a personal goal today as this photo essay is my 100th blog post. My blog ideas book continues to fill up with topics, so I will carry on until I reach post number 200. Keep watching this space and drop in for a regular visit.

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       During last night rain drummed on the roof, and this morning we awoke to a dew drenched world bathed in sunshine. Stepping outside I was engulfed in clouds of perfume from our Mock orange shrubs. Nearly every branch and twig was alive with white flowers, broadcasting their fabulous orange-like scent.

This species of the Philadelphus virginal bush grows in nearly all areas of Australia. It bears small white flowers in spring with a repeat flower again in early autumn. Each blossom is cupped with petaloids in the centre, and with each greater number of petaloids, the more ‘double’ the flower is said to be. For this we have to thank Monsieur Victor Lemoine, a French nurseryman, who began to hybridise the genus in 1833, as different species became available. He continued to release new cultures, with size and colour variations, until 1920.

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After the flowers drop, the Mock orange produces attractive clusters of small scarlet berries. Its foliage consists of shiny, dark green leaves that remain evergreen the year around. These magnificent plants grow with ease in full to dappled sun, and are especially effective when used in borders, as hedges, or background to old-fashioned roses. Mock orange deserves a wider recognition among garden plants. When you first experience its beauty and that wonderful heady scent, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had gone to heaven.

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lovely flowers can always
be found
by those
who wish to see them

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Picasso, Girl before a Mirror, 1932.
Image courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City

… young and beautiful, her arms cradle a large oval mirror as she gazes at her reflection, surrounded by bold diamond shaped geometric patterns, vertical and horizontal stripes rendered in vibrant saturated hues—pigments chosen for their emotive source of colour rather than to express the intended scene …

looking back
from the depths
of the mirror
her image
as an old woman

hard, angular features
framed in sombre colour
nature’s reminder
that time ages
all lovely things

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spring returns
and life is alive
in everything

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