A gift of a ‘Condor’/ ornamental cabbage rose, Cardoon leaf and 3 Barred horsetails from the garden . Then a “van Gogh visit.”

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing , in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18
The early morning winter light was low and caught the side of this orange vase with an almost edible sheen . The cabbage rose also has a touch of it. Sun in winter🙂 !
They say the condor requires no more than a sunny spot (I will have to think about that) and a shovel of compost. This is not a kale because it doesn’t have frilly leaves. It is an “ornamental cabbage” its leaves are smooth and it can grow to 30 inches high. They look best planted in groups of 8 or more.
I spent some time thinning out these barred horse tails a few weeks ago and left a few strays on the ground. Here one of them is in contrast with a cardoon leaf. This leaf hadn’t fallen over with the others in the frost.
A very tall arrangement which was difficult to photograph. (I feel sad😥 as the focus of my mobile phone camera is out by about 6 inches to the right.)

This afternoon we had the joy of experiencing: Van Gogh The emersive experience in London. Here is a little of the pleasure.

Vincent Van Gogh

The unpretentious entry to an experience of colour, information and music.
Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s self portraits

In the picture below is Dr. Paul Gachet painted by van Gogh in 1890. Notice his eyes!

He was a doctor and artist who looked after Vincent Van Gogh after van Gogh spent time in an asylum at Saint- Remey-de – Provence. Dr Gachet also took care of van Gogh during the final months of his life.

When Vincent first met him he told his brother Theo in a letter that he thought the Dr was as ill as he was. However, Vincent learned to appreciate being in his care and commented to his brother
that he liked the art work and various vases in the Dr’s house.
He painted many pictures of flowers in vases.

One of his comments about life was that a paved road was easy to walk along but didn’t have many flowers.

Vincent was plagued by bouts of psychosis but during the periods of recovery he painted how he saw his unique world. Bright bold colours which we now know were duller for him due to his medication.
Vincent said he would dream about his paintings and then paint his dreams.
It is interesting that the flowers in this vase include full bloom to wilting and dying. I really appreciate this in his art work.
We were immersed in the paintings while sitting in deck chairs.
The Irisis are so carefully painted they look like block work. I wonder if he identified with the one odd Iris. This painting draws me with its warmth of terracotta and orange and then the cool of blue and green.
This shows a few flower groupings in animation. I am sorry this is rather homely as you hear my husband answering the phone.🤭
He developed his natural talents and shared his ideas with other artists. An important feature of learning.

We can simply be so glad he left us with so many works of art.
London today as we saw it walking across Golden Jubilee Bridge.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecution, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 8 -10

13 thoughts on “A gift of a ‘Condor’/ ornamental cabbage rose, Cardoon leaf and 3 Barred horsetails from the garden . Then a “van Gogh visit.”

  1. Never seen or heard of an ornamental cabbage rose. How lovely. Interesting info re Van Gogh. His youngest brother Cornelius came to SA and fought with the Boers in the Anglo Boer War. Shot himself after being captured in the Orange Free State.
    Great post.


    1. Shame so sad that both brothers ended their lives. The eldest died 3months after Vincent and it was Vincent’s sister- in- law who looked after his legacy of paintings.

      Sandra Pilmoor ________________________________


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