R W Emerson, Primroses and Euphorbia

23 Mar

1    I heard this on the radio this morning and really liked it.

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet

2   I went out in the front garden today and did some pruning and some weeding. It is such a very long time since I was able to do such simple things and it gave me great pleasure. Our Spring garden is looking lovely with Daffodils, three colours of Primroses and some Wallflowers.

3    There was a most attractive plant in the Flowerpot carpark in town today. I think, after some research, that it is a Euphorbia characias ‘Black Pearl’

Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'

Euphorbia characias ‘Black Pearl’


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20 responses to “R W Emerson, Primroses and Euphorbia

  1. Suzy Blue

    March 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I love that quote! I have put it on my blog sidebar to remind me of it and to share with others 🙂

  2. anotherday2paradise

    March 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    What a wonderful quote! I so agree with ladysighs We can but try. Gorgeous flowers in your garden, and that Black Pearl is just lovely. 🙂 Sylvia

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment. As you both say, we čan but try! If everyone did , we might all be happier! 🙂

  3. ladysighs

    March 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    To succeed in even of few of Emerson’s suggestions would indeed be an accomplishment.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Yes, it would. I think he means succeeding in one or more rather than every one – that would be quite a challenge! 🙂

  4. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    March 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Doesn’t it feel good to get out and pick a few weeds here and there…Great progress!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thank you! It certainly does. Today we have rain and hail showers so I am staying in! 🙂

  5. greenbenchramblings

    March 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    What a beautiful Euphorbia – just like black pearls. Great contrast of black and chartreuse.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Lovely name for a rather lovely flower. I haven’t liked most Euphorbia I have seen but this one is lovely. Thank you for calling in and commenting. 🙂

  6. Shelagh

    March 24, 2015 at 8:23 am

    How about that! didn’t know there was a carpark named after my SIL.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I’m amazed that you didn’t know that! It’s very handy for the Post Office and the Bakery 🙂

  7. john zande

    March 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Good grief, that is a brilliant quote!

  8. Grannymar

    March 23, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    The Euphorbia characias ‘Black Pearl’ looks interesting. I have yet to tackle the garden,. I think there is one somewhere under the weeds. A mishap with a cafetiere of hot coffee changed my plans and the kitchen needed to be washed down. Who knew a one cup pot held so much liquid? Maybe tomorrow…..!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Oh, no! I am always amazed at how much there is when there is a spill! Who knew how much a dishwasher held until it decided to put the water on the floor? (Years ago – but just remembered!) The trouble with Spring is that the weeds wake up too and they are a bit like a one cup coffee pot – there are so many more of them than can be imagined! 🙂

  9. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread

    March 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like the Black Pearl. It’s really very interesting and unique. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Surprising isn’t it? I haven’t liked Euphorbias before but I do like this one. 🙂


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