In a vase on Monday: amaryllis and berries

Cut amaryllis flowers from the grocery store and nice orange berries from the ugly euonymus in the front yard.

I like orange and pink at Christmas.

The amaryllis started out long-stemmed — although not so long as these — but I cut them down as they started to fade a little after a week.

To see what other bloggers have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

The Sunday porch: Mandarin

Harriet Beecher Stowe, her husband, and guests on the porch of her home in Mandarin (Jacksonville), Florida, 1875, via Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

The author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and 30 other books bought her Florida house soon after the Civil War ended. At the time of this photo, she was there seeking refuge from the publicity accompanying the civil trial for adultery of her equally famous preacher brother, Henry Ward Beecher.

There is another view of the house (no longer standing) here.

Life in gardens: two boys

Two boys, 1860, NY Public Library“Two boys sitting in a garden,” Orange, New Jersey, ca. 1860, cropped from a stereoscopic view, via Robert Dennis Collection of the New York Public Library.

The boys look a little as if they were sharing a secret joke.

They may have just been working in a garden plot of their own; there’s a cultivated space with a low rustic border on the lower right side.  The boy on the right — with lilacs in his hat — is sitting in a small wheelbarrow, and there’s a child-size shovel or spade beside him.  The other boy has a bunch of lilacs in his hand.

Lilacs, . . .
You are brighter than apples,
Sweeter than tulips,
You are the great flood of our souls
Bursting above the leaf-shapes of our hearts,
You are the smell of all Summers,
The love of wives and children,
The recollection of gardens of little children . . .

— Amy Lowell, from “Lilacs