The Earth Laughs in Flowers

June 16, 2012 | My Jottings

There’s a large deck that runs across the front of our new house. The sun rises over one end of the deck, and by noon it blazes on the center portion of the deck. By three o’clock the sunlight is at the other end, near the front door, and by this time there are shadows that make it lovely to sit outside and enjoy the views of Lake Superior, and watch the ore boat traffic. There are plenty of sailboats and fishing boats on the lake too, but the huge thousand footers are the ones that grab our attention the most.

The first weekend in our house, we bought flowers for the three flower boxes on the deck railing. Sara chose varieties that do well with full sun exposure, and they’re all settling in and growing, and making me feel happy about their beautiful little lives.

The red ones are called Lantana, and they attract hummingbirds, and lots of bees so far.

“The earth laughs in flowers,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I love that quote, and definitely agree. It seems so heartening to bring that laughter just a little bit closer to the house.


  1. Helen in Switzerland says:

    It looks lovely Julie – please can we have a photo of the view? (Am I nosey, or what?!!)

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Helen! I’ll email you a link to the online virtual tour, which shows the view pretty well.

  3. Ember says:

    So enjoying seeing the photos of your new home! x

  4. Ganeida says:

    Noooooooooooo………not Lantana!!!!! Apart from the fact it’s prickly it’s a rampant weed; well, it is out here. It’s only redeeming quality[because it grows into a very large prickly bush] is that the blue wrens adore it & nest in it. Sometimes we get Pommies out here who think its rather pretty & slap down their hard earned cash for a couple of containers of the stuff to put in their garden only to wonder at the snorts from their neighbours & the arrival of the council man to exterminate it! I believe there’s a dwarf variety….but sadly I know how difficult it is to eradicated once it takes hold & it seems to spread…& spread….&…. well, you get the idea 😀

    Now that I’ve written you a book on the horrors of Lantana, can I second Helen’s plea for piccies of the view? Yep, Incurably sticky~beak moi!

  5. Kay in UK says:

    Beautiful …

  6. Just Julie says:

    Ember, Ganeida and Kay…I’m glad you’re enjoying the photos. Somehow it feels like I’m faking a blog by doing this, but oh well. I’ll get back to other things eventually. Ganeida – Sara and I had a chuckle about Lantana being a weed! That seems appropriate for my flower boxes! xxoo

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