Selling flowers to Sikh pilgrims at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India, January 15, 1914, by Stéphane Passet, via Archives of the Planet Collection – Albert Kahn Museum /Département des Hauts-de-Seine.
This autochrome is one of about seventy-two thousand that were commissioned and then archived by Albert Kahn, a wealthy French banker who was committed to the ideal of universal peace and who believed that “knowledge of foreign cultures encourages respect and peaceful relations between nations.”* He was also acutely aware that the 20th century was going to bring rapid material change to the world.
Accordingly, from 1909 to 1931, Kahn sent thirteen photographers and filmmakers to 50 countries “to fix, once and for all, aspects, practices, and modes of human activity whose fatal disappearance is no longer ‘a matter of time.’”† The resulting collection is called Archives de la Planète and now resides in its own museum at Kahn’s old suburban estate at Boulogne-Billancourt, just west of Paris. Since June 2016, the archive has also been available for viewing online here.
*Collections Albert-Kahn website. Also, the above photo (A 4 214) is © Collection Archives de la Planète – Musée Albert-Kahn and used under its terms, here.
†words of Albert Kahn, 1912.
Technically, because Kigali is a few degrees south of the equator, it is early summer here.
But — given that the temperature is almost always in the 70ºs or low 80ºs — it is more relevant that we are almost three months into the end-of-the-year rainy season.
In late October, I came back from five weeks in the U.S. to rampant growth in all the planting beds. Now, I need to wade in and do some serious cutting back all over.
To see what’s blooming for other garden bloggers, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens here.
Here are some of the flowers that are blooming in my garden today.
Russelia equisetiformis or coral or firecracker plant
Pale yellow R. equisetiformis
The plants fountain over the retaining wall.
R. equisetiformis in front of Lantana camera
L. camera or Spanish Flag
Oenothera missouriensis or Missouri primrose
Strelitzia or bird of paradise
Orange and yellow dahlia
Looking up into Brugmansia or angel’s trumpet
Kniphofia uvaria or red-hot poker
Aster oolentangiensis or sky blue aster in the cutting garden
Garlic chives seedhead
Bearded iris and marigolds
GBBD — the 15th of every month — is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click here to see other garden bloggers’ mid-June flowers.
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Miriam had allowed her interest in gardening, which had gradually grown to a full-fledged hobby, to consume and define her. . . . She didn’t care for clothes anymore, just equipment; knee pads, trowels, a little bench to carry about and kneel on. To pray to her god, the garden.
— William H. Gass, from Middle C
(In the novel, the main character’s mother discovers her love for gardening after he gives her a stolen packet of annual seeds.)