Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 28/11/2017

The Pollinator’s ceramic Amphoras


 

 

Nature’s Secrets & Garden Life

Hidden Treasures & the Story of the Potter Wasp in the Garden

 

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Our painter was the Archaeologist & me,the Curator of a museum with potteryware.Of course,we never painted the wooden door underneath …

She was diligently and silently working under the wooden door next to the garden,but we had never taken notice of her.I had seen her feeding on floral nectar and drinking water,she is a great pollinator too.Who could have imagined what she was up to?Once,she was under the barbeque shed and near a Black Hole ready to get into her private appartment.I had then checked out the barbeque space and it all seemed as if the great Pollinator & Potter were on the Red Planet.

 

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But,the great Nest Builder had other plans,she had decided to decorate our wooden door with a whole series of pots in a row,to show off her amazing skills and techniques.Superb structures!Don’t they look like ancient Amphoras?

 

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It’s said that their nests of mud,strengthened with their saliva,have therapeutic properties for skin infections,rashes & other diseases.

We all know about folk medicine which had been used for thousands of years before drug companies and industrial,synthetic medicine took over.

Art by Friendly,Harmless Insects in the garden,who happily buzz and collect mud to build their “amphoras” in sheltered spots.There’s room in the garden for every Flower and Insect.

And,while Ms Potter was silently working,Hermes and I were collecting Rose Hips from our Dog Rose to make herbal infusions and jam.

 

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Once we finished,I brought out a blue platter to put our rose hips on and asked Hermes to sit on his favourite garden table,which is made of Lava from the Stratovolcano of Mount Etna and it’s painted by an Italian artist.In the meantime, I was thinking of blending the rose hips with some Claude Monet rose petals I had collected from a painting in Albertina – Museum in Vienna.They would perfectly mix together and make our jam sophisticated …

 

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The compound I had imagined was ready and made Hermes and me gratified in the retreat of the soul,in our garden,where we commune with nature and observe her wonders.

 

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I love mixing and correlating the state of affairs to make life beautiful, in and outside the garden.

 

Nature & Art Heals Body & Mind …

 

 


Responses

  1. What a pleasing visit to the garden, Doda, thank you for sharing the art of nature here. The potter wasp nests are exquisite, what a delightful find! The roses, so beautiful, from your garden as well as Monet’s. I was especially taken with the passionate blue of the platter graced with the arrangement of rosehips and rose leaves. The rose platter is a work of art, my friend, and I so appreciate your uniqueness in creativity and your love for all beauty.

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    • Humbled and honoured by your visit to our garden,my very special friend Jet.You are a beautiful soul,no wonder you appreciate nature’s rich gifts and all her wonders around us.Loved this little insect that was able to craft and display her nests in such an orderly way.Big thank you for appreciating what I shared with you and for your meticulous feedback.I’ll come by your place tonight to see how things are in your new life … Season’s Greetings 彡★彡

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  2. Such a wonderful spirit in this post (as always), Doda! Hermes is a beautiful helper…so peacefully enjoying the garden and the table 🙂 Much love to you both from both of us. XXX

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    • Thankful for your visit and for your heartwarming comment Tiny dear!Hermes & I send you & Dylan our unconditional Christmas love.I can understand very well why he is not coming with you … We’ll be thinking of him ❤ Enjoy your time in Stockholm 🙂

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  3. A beautiful post, indeed. Nature and Art certainly do heal the body and mind. You have a beautiful garden.

    I’ve not seen mud nests like that in my area. So many and beautifully arrayed.

    By the way, your blog looks kind of surreal with all those snowflakes falling across that beautiful blue sky. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Many thanks Draco for your praiseful comment and for spotting the surrealistic phenomenon,although we can expect anything with the climate change that affects the “Blue Planet 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Delightful post, dear Doda. Wasps do make little “amphoras”. How refreshing for the soul to spend time in a garden with a lovely dog! ❤ 🙂

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    • Thank you so very much for appreciating Ms Potter’s work,dear Irina!Hermes is always following me wherever I go,the rest of the dog family is more independent lol.
      I’ll post something for this very special season and come by your “warm” right now place and leave my wishes 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  6. What a beautiful dog. Hope he realizes how lucky he is to have such a lovely table to rest on. I once had a wasp make a nest out of cat litter over one of the litter boxes inside the house. Unfortunately I had to get rid of it as I couldn’t have wasps flying around indoors. I put it outside on the table but the larvae inside died. It was about one inch (2.5 cm) by one and a half inches (3.8 cm). Love the rose hips.

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    • Surely he does,that’s why he can enjoy comfortable sofas and beds too.He shares the same feelings with Frankie & Freddie ❤
      Thanks for sharing your wasp story with us.,dear Roslyn 🙂

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  7. So colorful and beautiful 🙂

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  8. Doda, this was such a delightful post.. what wonderful little nests she had made for her young.. And each perfect..
    Love Hermes too.. 😉 And rose hips, such a great healer from Nature in so many ways.

    Loved all your images and the way you weaved your story Doda..
    Sorry I did not see it, but I have been away in Scotland from the 25th.

    Beautiful my friend xxx 🙂 ❤

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    • Isn’t it a marvellous display?Such symmetry and order in her “underdoor museum”!When the painter discovered them,I couldn’t believe my eyes.Hermes and the rest of the dog family respected her art,they started sniffing and sniffing but they didn’t destroy the amphoras.
      How nice to hear you have been in Scotland!Big thank yous for gracing my post with your presence in the garden and for your nice words,dearest Sue 🙂 Have a great time ~ Take care ❤ xxoxox

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  9. I am speechless. So much beautiful and colorful things. Thank You showing them.

    Have a nice day!

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    • Many thanks!Glad you enjoyed it dear Matti.Nature’s gifts and blessings are in abundance everywhere around us.Happy Idependence Day!

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  10. I can picture myself seating on your garden enjoying the beautiful surroundings, and your jam, on a quite day. 🙂

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    • Ms Potter and I would love to have you sitting in our garden with us.We would offer you a cup of rose-sented tea and scones with cream,rose petal jam and rose hip jelly;we have taken the recipes from a monastery in Peloponnese.You’ve an open invitation 🙂

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  11. Thank you, dear Doda, for such an enchanting post. I must say I am envious of Hermes’ wonderful table — what a beautiful piece! H ❤

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    • Thank you for joining us into our garden and for appreciating what we shared with you,dearest Hariod.Ms Potter is happily droning around and Hermes is wagging his tail to say thank you to you.I,too,love the hand-crafted lava table,it’s made to last a lifetime.Just have a look at the following link to see the big variety of the designs.Best to you my very special friend ❤ xxx

      https://www.potterywithpassion.com/volcanic-stone-tables

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      • Oh, there’s some truly lovely pieces on that site, and ceramic tableware too. Rather expensive when converted to Sterling, though as you say, made to last and fine quality. Thank you for the link, dear Doda! H ❤

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  12. what an absolutely delightful post!! I love your potter! and your rose hips rival Monet!! I would love to own a lava table as yours- oh and Hermes is such a handsome fellow!! Blessings on your garden Doda!!

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    • Thank you so much my sweet friend Cybele for your lovely and praiseful comment!Ms Potter’s craft stimulated Hermes & me and we decided to blend all the goodness of our garden with some Monet brushstrokes and serve it to you along with our tasty rose jam.The lava tables are made to last a lifetime.You can choose one amongst a big variety,or you can order one with any design you like 🙂 xxx

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  13. I love your post and the pictures, dear Doda – so beautiful. Those little “amphoras” really are one of natures’s marvels. And I do hope you’ll share the recipes for those herbal infusions and jam, it’s very interesting. Happy December, dear friend. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for admiring Ms Potter’s amphoras and her efficient craft.
      Obviously,her art instructor was very competent …
      As for the recipes,I’ve taken them from a monastery in Peloponnese,where the nuns cultivate Dog Roses,collect the petals and the hips and make very tasty jam and jelly.Happy month of December,dear Aditi 🙂 xxx

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  14. A beautiful and uplifting post, Doda. I can almost smell the aromas around your garden and hear the buzzing of the great pollinator. All insects work so hard and we can only admire their industrious nature, The potter wasp is so appropriately named and her pots are amazing! I hope your jam turned out to be delicious… and your unique table-top is just perfect, It reminds me of my own visit to Mount Etna. Lovely post, Doda, and beautiful photos. 😀

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    • Thank you Millie dear for your kind visit to our garden and for beholding Ms Potter’s artwork.She may sense we admire her and feel proud …
      Truly,her name is so apt;even without seeing the displayed items of pottery,you can imagine her craft.The rose petal jam and the hip jelly are absolutely delicious,nothing better than a cup of rose tea and scones with cream and rose jam.I do treasure old recipes and the hand-crafted lava tables.It has been in the garden for twenty years now and you think it’s brand-new,there is no need for any kind of upkeep 🙂

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  15. The mix of garden and art is lovely, Doda! Rose hips are always welcome 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for appreciating the invaluable gifts of nature,dear Christy.If you were with me in the garden,you could have written a sweet poem 🙂 xxx

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  16. The subject of this article is such beautiful and it has created a pleasant moments, all due to the nature and wonderful happenings that surprise us and bring delight, so life is more beautiful, more interesting. The story will make this day to remain a beautiful memory. Many thanks for sharing. Wishing you all the best !

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    • I will fondly keep in my mind your beautiful thoughts and your appreciation of what I shared with you.Thank you from the bottom of my ❤ dear friend.All the best to you 🙂

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  17. Wow, this is so well written with beautiful photos, I don’t even know what to comment. Thank you for such enjoyable reading!

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    • Delighted you enjoyed it dear Helen!I’ll tell Ms Potter & Hermes about your beautiful words.Many thanks my friend 🙂 xxx

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  18. You never cease to amaze me, Doda!

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    • Thank you so much for the compliment,dear Hien.It’s mutual;soon I’ll visit your place to enjoy all I have missed during the week I was away from WP.

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  19. I love your pollinator potter’s pots!! Your dog looks like a fun and loving companion. Great, artistic post.
    Peace
    Mary

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    • How nice to see you calling in dear Mary!Thank you so much for appreciating the skills of the talented potter and for liking my Lab dog. Hope you’re keeping well and that you’re still at one with nature.I’ll soon return your kind visit.Peace to you 🙂

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  20. My goodness, this is a beautiful post. I am very allergic to wasps but I am deeply into herbal remedies and I had no idea their nests had their uses. You are a clever and beautiful lady xxxxx

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    • This is not a common wasp,my darling Shey,she is a hard working insect with a lot of perspective.Just look at her symmetrical and neat work.Nature endowed her with superb artistic abilities.Thank you for reading my garden stories,my beautiful Scottish friend.Hugs to your little angel and the Dudes 🙂 xxxxx

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      • Well, I had to double take the work she’d done. Amazing truly. I really thought…a wasp did this? Am I reading this wrongly? And I am glad to re-evaluate wasps because seriously they get a bad rep, people saying they are the one insect that contributes nothing to the planet. I have to say that after I was stung that time …in Greece actually, the first time I knew I was a badly badly allergic, I have thought the same. But your post shows otherwise, because yous ee beautry everywhere in everything xxxxxxxxx

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        • Ms Potter wasp is a hard working lady like you,she likes to write her own stories too but in a different way … I was watching her coming and going and I had the impression that she was just an ordinary insect buzzing around aimlessly,but when I saw the symmetrical row of her vessels,I understood once more that all the living organisms on our planet have incredible hidden skills we are not familiar with.We don’t have to study entomology to find out;just a closer look at our natural world enables us to discover nature’s wonders.”There’s beauty everywhere and in everything … ” if we notice,darling,darling Shey xoxoxoxox

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          • My lovely Doda, how very, very true that is. People just need to look more sometimes. This planet is a wonderful and mysterious place. xxxx

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            • Absolutely darling Shey.The more we observe the more we discover our ignorance … xoxoxoxox

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  21. I agree, such a beautiful poetic post and photos. The blue plate and the garden table just perfect and so special. I love your garden life, dear Doda! Thank you so much for sharing with us. xxx ❤

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    • I have to thank you for appreciating my nature post and the stories which were written into my garden,dear Amy!I was away from WP for a week as you’ll have probably noticed,but I’ve not forgotten you and all my friends.Actually,it’s the first time I dared to post something without having commented on the recent work of my friends.See you soon at your place ❤ xxx

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  22. What a beautiful poetic post, dear Doda! I am not in love with wasps as I have developed an allergy to wasp stings. So I avoid them! Ugh! Your photos and artwork are so lovely. I am so in love with Hermes. He’s beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for reading and appreciating life in the garden, dear Linda!
      I can understand how you feel about the wasp stings,if you’re allergic to their stings,it can be fatal ….
      Potter wasps have the potential to deliver painful stings,but are not aggressive at all and rarely attack humans … Just look at her orderly art under the wooden door,she is really blessed.Btw,I was away from WP for almost a week,I have not forgotten you,I’ve seen your recent posts,make sure I won’t miss them 🙂 ❤ xxx

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