.. the moonflower shade ..

The way a moonflower shies from the sun
So I shied from you
Turning my face away,
Placing myself in shadow
So that your light would not penetrate me.
In shadow I remain, until the night arrives
When I look to the sky,
Reaching for the moon and
The only light I can grasp to,
Wanting to scream into the torturous quiet.


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The moonflower shade is a lovely plant. In our real life, the plant can grow up to 90 feet as a vine. The beautiful flowers only bloom at night… thus the name “moonflower”.  In cooler climates, it is an annual and must be planted by seed each year. In tropical and sub-tropical climates, it can grow in a more wild fashion.

If ever you are looking for a beautiful flower to grace your garden in the evenings and nights, choose the moonflower. The gorgeous blossoms only appear in the late afternoon/evening and will disappear as the sun rises the following morning. The bloom actually dies and is replaced the following evening by yet another. The flowers have a gentle fragrance that provides a sweetness to the evening and night air.

The large blossoms and their fragrance attracts night-flying insects such as moths which in turn pollinate. Imagine your garden at night… a moth hovering over a moonflower shade blossom gathering the pollen… a delight to our senses.  The moonflower beckons us to visit our gardens at night, to think of the creatures that visit, and possibly even encourages us to believe that fairies do exist.

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Just a little general information about the Moonflower Shade (shared from Den Garden)

  • the scientific name is Ipomoea alba
  • the family for the Moonflower Shade is Convolvulaceae (convolvulas)
  • it is native to tropical and subtropical parts of South and Central America as well as Florida
  • the size is generally 15 to 90 feet
  • the flowers can be 6 inches across in the native climate
  • blooms only in the evening and night with blossoms dying as soon as the sun hits the petals

The Little Branch has recreated this beautiful Moonflower Shade in Second Life and it is currently available at the May round of The Liaison Collaborative event through May 26th. The Little Branch has created this plant as a four-trunked version. It is lightly animated and an option for blossoms in white, lavender, pink, blue, and yellow.


LB_MoonFlowerShade{Animated} @ (currently at The Liaison Collaborative)


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.. catalpa ..


Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. 
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

043018 Little Branch Catalpa a

The Catalpa tree by The Little Branch is currently available at the current round of the Illuminate event through May 13th. This Flowering Dogwood is a 4-season tree with animation. The choices include 2 separate options for Autumn that could take you through a full year. The tree has a rounded shape with plenty of sweet blossoms. The trunk gracefully bends and the tree is resizable.

Just a little general information about the Catalpa tree (printed from Arbor Day Foundation)

  • the scientific name for the Northern Catalpa is Catalpa speciosa
  • the family for the Dogwood is Cornaceae
  • the size is generally 40 to 60 feet with a greater spread of 20 to 40 feet for plenty of shade
  • produces clusters of large, trumpet-shaped white flowers in May and June with some fragrance
  • if the flowers and leaves drop on a sidewalk or path, it can be slippery so be safe and do not plant near walkways
  • has bean-like seed pods that are 8–20″ long which turn from green to brown as they ripen. These are filled with many 1 inch seeds that are fringed at the ends.



LB_CatalpaTree{Animated}*4Seasons (Currently at Illuminate through May 13th) @
LB_YellowOrchidtree{Animated}Seasons @
LB_Grass.V4{Animated}Mesh @
LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-A @
LB_Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
LB_Bouton d’or Pink{Rounded-Field}

Heart – Hollyhocks – Group – All Pinks 2
=EliBaily= Ivy 02
[ zerkalo ] Garden Hammock – Natural – Adult
Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall
{anc} cirque de reverie .9/ nuit / chair double
Fairy – catching dreams by Lilith’s Dream (Fantasy Faire Gift)
.:revival:. garden bench
{anc} ephemera clear.B



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.. the flowering dogwood ..

After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual,
selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Growing up in the southern US, we always knew that Spring had really arrived when the blossoms on our dogwood trees appeared. The beautiful white blossoms cover the trees only for about 3 weeks in Spring.  When I moved to the east coast, I was so happy to find the beautiful trees growing naturally there too. I would savor the sight of the white and pink versions each year always bringing a smile.

The Little Branch has recreated this beautiful Flowering Dogwood tree in Second Life and the tree is currently available at the April round of the Chapter Four event. This Flowering Dogwood is a 2-season tree with animation. The tree has a rounded shape with the flowers covering the entire tree. It is perfect for a spring landscape!


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Just a little general information about the Flowering Dogwood tree (printed from Univerity of Kentucky Department of Horticulture)

  • the scientific name is Cornus florida
  • the family for the Dogwood is Cornaceae
  • it is native to Massachusetts to Florida, west to Texas, Mexico, and Ontario
  • the size is generally 30 to 40 feet with a greater spread.
  • the true flowers are greenish yellow and are not very visible. It is the four bracts surrounding the flower that really show off.
  • in the fall, there are glossy red ‘berries’ and the leaves turn a glorious reddish-purple color
  • birds love it



LB_FloweringDogwood{Animated}Seasons @ (currently at Chapter Four)
LB_Grass.V4{Animated}Mesh @
LB_Buffalograss.v2{Mesh}Animated @
LB_ PinkPoppies{Rounded}
LB_PoplarTree.v1{Animated}*4Seasons @
LB_ WhiteOrchidTree.v2{Animated} @

Trompe Loeil – Dorina Cottage Blush
{vespertine – tile skipping path/rainbow}
{vespertine – tile skipping path/orient}
JIAN ‘dorable Danes Posable Adult Harlequin (sit) (previous Arcade round) @
JIAN ‘dorable Danes Posable Adult Mantle (shake) (previous Arcade round) @
+Half-Deer+ Heart Fairylight Balloons – Light – Group
{what next} Spring Garden Bird Bath (previous Arcade round) @
Watercolor Porch Bench CHEZ MOI (previous Home and Garden Expo) @
Potted Plant CHEZ MOI
13.DRD LN porch chair  (previous Arcade round) @
12.DRD LN Porch planter (previous Arcade round) @



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