Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Zinnia Garden


Zinnia Garden
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice
Journal

Though it was another long and stressful day, we have a good number of students this year ... yahoo! For a long time, we've been mighty worried that the economy which adversely affects the green industry and thus our enrollment, may keep students from entering this field. Fortunately, as the economy seems to be improving, so too, do our enrollment numbers. I am ever so grateful!

This landscape is based on a photo reference and some imagination. I chose zinnias because of a visitor I had this weekend --- my farming friend, Tom. We met Tom and his wife, Irene, last year, when we purchased honey from their hives. They generously sent us home with corn, figs, tomatoes, and an armload of zinnias - Irene's favorite flower.

We learned that Irene had passed this spring, which saddened all of us. We purchased more honey this weekend, and spent some time with Tom. He told us that he's continuing his beekeeping operation, but because he had so many bees, he wanted to place his bees elsewhere so they could produce better. We quickly offered our property - filled with the tulip poplar trees he was looking for, and after his visit this weekend, Tom has agreed to keep some hives with us. WOWEE! I'm hoping to quietly observe and learn how things are done, but even more, I am thrilled to be able to contribute pollen and respite to the bees. Honey bees have been in decline for quite a number of years, and so if there is anything we can do to help with their survival, I'd like to be part of that. We've already planted clover for the bees, as well as pollen producing fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Thus, the zinnias -- to remember our sweet friend, Irene....

And for Tom ....

And hopefully, this time next year, hundreds of honeybees ...

7 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Dear Bee Keeper Lin ... I've heard that those who keep bees fall in love with the whole operation. *smile

Love the beautiful colors in your painting ... wowzer!

Teresa said...

I remember your post from last year when you found the honey and had such a delightful visit with the couple keeping the bees. I'm sure Irene will be a great loss to Tom. How wonderful, though, that you are promoting honeybees by having hives on your property.... Irene would approve.

Teresa said...

P.S. Beautiful painting!

Joan said...

This is so filled with light and energy!!!! Lovely!!! I'm imagining you covered in "bee gear" doing paintings of the honeybees! That will be a wonderful addition to your property.

africantapestry said...

A lovely painting...it has a spring feeling even though it is zinnias...a lovely tribute to your friend.
Ronell

Teri C said...

Just beautifully stunning!!!

Anonymous said...

Zinnias are also my favorite flowers too and your painting is just gorgeous Lin. I am sorry about losing your friend but am so excited to know that you will be helping the bee population to endure and hopefully increase. I too have been hearing how desperate this situation has become. Kudos to you on many levels!!
Hugs,
Lorraine