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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive

I thought these lyrics were most appropriate when so many gardens are under the stress of drought and a long hot summer. Looking to the positive there is a time for all plants and blooms to shine. In my garden succulents stand out in late summer. Their blooms my not be the showiest but lean in and take a closer look and you will see their dainty blooms are really quite beautiful.

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You've got to
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-my-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between


You've got to
Spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene



To illustrate this last remark:
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do
Just when everything looked so dark?


"Man," they said, "we better
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-my-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between!"



~Lyrics by Johnny Mercer (one of Georgia's own)

23 comments:

  1. Absolutely! Wonderful photos! I really hope you have a wet winter to help replenish your garden. What plants are featured in the first and last photos?

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    1. Thanks CM! This has been the wettest August I can remember and yet we are still in severe drought. It is amazing how much rain it takes to make up. The first photo is aptenia cordifolia variegata and the last two photos are Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'

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  2. Yes..I needed that today..Thank you..loved the photos..Michelle

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  3. You really got some fabulous shots. Really beautiful!
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. Beautiful photos. The one of the ladybug has great color. I hope you get the rains. It is dry so many places and there is a lot of catching up to do.

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  5. Just adored this post! Thanks for the cheerfulness--I needed it after coming in from our nasty-looking garden. Your photos are spectacular--absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Your photos are gorgeous. The succulents look nice and healthy.

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  7. Our succulents have also done well in this exceedingly dry summer, lovely series. :)

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  8. You can't beat succulents at this time of year! Your images focus in beautifully on their positives.

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  9. Great words to remember for anything in life! Love it!

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  10. Love it Karin, good philosophy. Your photos are outstanding. What is the last bloom? Love the fuzzy anthers.

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    1. Thanks Janet! The last bloom is Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'. It is new to my garden but is a wonderful addition! It has been blooming all summer long, much on neglect.

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  11. Good idea--accentuating the positive! I'm working on that. Thanks for the reminder!

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  12. Love the pop of red and orange. Your photos always move me.
    hugs, Cherry

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  13. Oh Karin, your photos are always so wonderful, amazing and so beautiful ! My favourite is the one with the lady beetle but they are all beautiful. And I agree, succulents are beautiful too. And they make beautiful photos in macro shots !

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  14. Your photographs are wonderful. Beautiful colour combinations!

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  15. Karin I loved this...I was singing right along as I love this song...and a good reminder to us. we are still dry and headed into another heat wave for a while but we did get a bit of rain and some cooler weather...a little preview of fall...I adore these photos...fabulous colors in the foliage and bright blooms...you do have a creative flair.

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    1. I'm glad you got a little break from the hot & dry. I hope fall will be better for you and you will get lots of rain (and dare I say snow this winter!)

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  16. Beautiful photographs, fantastic colours. I am greeting

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  17. Beautiful lyrics and amazing pictures. I love the colours and how you bring them out.

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