Thursday, 26 April 2012

Inspiration (26 APR 2012)

The Latin word SPIRARE : TO BREATHE is the root of a number of English words
which can be found in the garden ...




          EXPIRATION : Bergenia takes its last breath                         SUSPIRATION : cherry tree sighs under weighty blossoms


PERSPIRATION - Weeding the patio can leave a gardener panting (mind the worms !)


CONSPIRATION - Buttercups & dandelions whisper plots to take over



ASPIRATION - Wisteria wishes it could clamber into the cherry tree (but I wont let it)




INSPIRATION  - Crouching by the woodland, I can literally feel it breathing into me



In return , I attempted to inspire this plant, rescued from the guys at work who were pouring tea dregs into it.




Today I'm linking up to Donna's meme Word4Wednesday : INSPIRATION.

Please check out the other interpretations of this word :
http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2012/04/25/w4w-a-place-of-inspiration/


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22 comments:

Donna said...

Oh that poor Dieffenbachia. I am saddened. I really like how you took the root of the word and worked it back into the garden. Now that was creative and unique. I too think the woodland breathes life into people, if only they are receptive to it.

linniew said...

This is the time of year when the garden gives back to the poor winter-worn gardener. Inspiration indeed.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Love your play with all the words! I hope you are able to nurse the office plant back to health.

Andrea said...

Hi b-a-g, love the way you take this word, haha! Now i can't stop thinking about contemplation and constipation! I pity the plants which are just struggling to survive their last ordeal, as ours are at the moment in their height of torture, one more month of extreme heat before the rains come in June. By the way, the font of your labels are so small, we can't read them well, i had a difficult time. So i just concentrated looking at the worms!

croftgarden said...

Nice one, one can only aspire to be inspired

Mark and Gaz said...

Nice take on the word :) Inspiration is everywhere!

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

I get the gist of your post---very clever---but I can't read the captions because the font is too small.

Alberto said...

The buttercup and dandelion conspiracy really made me laugh! And also the wisteria aspirations to be honest.
I think I have a bindweed riot in my garden, I wonder what your approach would be...

Your woodland looks great in blue and lime green!

spurge said...

You had me laughing out loud with this post! By the way, what's wrong with pouring tea dregs onto houseplants? I do it too, and always thought it was good for them (increases acidity?)!

b-a-g said...

Thanks for identifying the plant for me Donna.

Thanks Linnie - You're right, I have done absolutely nothing to the woodland since clearing it last year. It's designed by nature.

Thanks Karen - The day after the photo of the nursed plant was taken, the leaves screwed up. So much for my green fingers.

Thanks Andrea - Glad you liked the worms. I couldn't stop laughing at "contemplation and constipation", it pretty much describes my writer's block this week.

Thanks Alberto - re: your bindweed, it's certainly a SPIRITED plant.

b-a-g said...

Croftgarden, Mark & Gaz - Till this week, I didn't know that inspire literally means breathe into.

Thanks Carolyn - for letting me know. I've increased the font size.

Thanks Spurge & Welcome - You're right, tea leaves are good for enriching soil. However, the remaining leaves of this plant were sticky from sugary tea spills.

Nell Jean said...

I immediately thought of Spiraea, the white long since bloomed and Anthony Waterer blooming in a blaze of pink glory. I am inspired to go outside and look around (again).

patientgardener said...

I have work colleagues whose pot plants are thriving on tea dregs but I tried this and it was awful. I wonder if it has something to do with the type of tea and whether you have sugar etc in it

Indie said...

Love it! There are many weeds that are conspiring in my garden - many whispered plots afoot indeed!

David Marsden said...

I hadn't even heard of conspiration and suspiration, b-a-g. We've rescused so many plants over the years (often from skips) and with just a little tender care they almost always come back. Good luck with yours.

Alistair said...

Like Nell Jean, the first thing that came to mind was Spiraea. Well anyway you have a way with words and you always inspire me b-a-g.

Crystal said...

So that's what the buttercups and dandelions are up to in my garden. I think a bit of expiration might solve that one.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I love how you took the root and explored it for Inspiration...

debsgarden said...

I do love to out in the woodland garden and breathe it all in. Your cherry tree is wonderful!

Malar said...

Nice words expression with beautiful photos! ;)

b-a-g said...

Thanks Alastair & NellJean - I'm not familiar with this plant but I notice that one of the names for Spiraea is baby's breath.

Thanks Dave - I took advantage of artistic license for conspiration which is now obsolete, replaced by conspiracy. I hadn't heard of suspiration either.

b-a-g said...

Thanks everyone else for visiting and having a bit of fun with me!

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