Ladew Gardens in Monkton, MD boasts some of the best gardens and concert series of the summer! From their carefully sculpted boxwood shapes to color coded gardens, your $15.00 can get you into the gardens early to enjoy all of its loveliness and on top of it all, Sunday nights in the summer feature fabulous music artists from Zydeco to Soca and Samba. Check the schedule to find your musical interests at www.ladewgardens.com.
I recently had the pleasure of working on an event that featured massive puffs of acacia (also known as mimosa) in brightly accented urns. The beauty and sweet scent of the acacia had the whole event staff happy and excited; which made me feel the need to investigate the story of acacia…
There are several different varieties that grow throughout the world. Some of the variations include different size and color of the blooms, texture and color of the leaves, and stem length. They have many ornamental uses: gardens, cut flowers for florists, and homeowners use them for security purposes (their sharp thorns on certain varieties deter break ins when planted near windows).
Acacia has a long history of symbolism and rituals. In Freemasonry it represents purity and endurance of the soul. For funerary purposes, it symbolises resurrection and immortality. People in India, Nepal, and China use it in incense. It is also used in alcoholic beverages that are consumed by humans and elephants!
And finally, my favorite story of acacia….For International Women’s Day (celebrated on March 8 throughout Russia and Italy), branches of acacia are presented to the women of your life as a sign of respect and appreciation. The holiday was originally designed by the United Nations to bring social awareness to the struggles of women worldwide. Celebrate the women in your life!
There is a filed in the little town of Jarrettsville, MD that I grew up in that grows sunflowers almost every summer. It is located on Jarrettsville Rd. and blooms from August – September. Enjoy a few of the beautiful pics that I took in August.
Summer’s beautiful flowers in colorful bunches!