Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autumn 2015

This is the lily pod seed.

I am fascinated with seeds. This time of year, they’re everywhere. Little maracas on the ends of my lily stems, long dangling pods on my cleome, and the teardrop jewels from the morning glory.

It is fascinating to see them all. It’s a song of abundance. You can hold an entire field in your hand. Mother Nature is not stingy. Not at all. 

From one seed – a thousand.

And she’s crafty too. The hickory nut is a clever arrangement of nimble hinges that lead to the treasure within.  

Zinnias, so delicate, they feel and look like tiny scraps of tissue in your hand. Cosmos can be gathered, and scattered for that matter, by simply brushing over their dried faces.….long, slender, crescent moons – how could that be a seed?  How could feathery leaves and pink and white flowers sit inside that tiny crescent moon? It must be a fairytale.

No, ….. magic.

No, ……Love.   Yeah, that must be the answer.

This is the morning glory seed.

And this, the clever milkweed.

I don’t grow impatiens from seeds, but I do love playing with the seed pods. The tiniest brush and POP! the pillow explodes, turning inside out, sending seeds everywhere. Clever strategy.  Like the milk weed – each seed comes equipped with its own fluffy white parachute. A gust of wind and off he goes, sailing who knows where.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

April - May 2015

                                 Anthea & Marigold welcome the new Bloodroot

It is time for the spring flowers to show their faces.  The bloodroot with it’s broad white petals and narrow stem. They decorate the rocky ditches along side my morning walk. If you dig one up, you will see the tuberous root “bleeds” red when disturbed. It can be used as a natural dye for wool yarns. I have 4 or 5 in my grove that transplanted quite happily, and I adore them this time of year.

There is also the lovely Rue Anemone. Small, delicate white flowers perch on fragile stems. The leaves resemble a kitty’s paw!

The leaves of the bloodroot, a lily pad.

Rue Anemone

It is also time for the Spring Beauty to remind us that spring always follows winter – even very tough winters. Sweet, daisy-like white petals are decorated with the finest pinstripe of pink that you need to get up close and personal to appreciate. 

Spring Beauty

These flowers sing in the breeze…… hang in there a little longer, look what’s ahead…… That’s the message of spring……hang in there, trust in the unseen, it is more glorious than you can imagine.