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Friday, March 18, 2011
Spring Swells with Expectation
Don't you just love to walk out in the garden early morning to see the sunlight streaming through from above! Somehow the sight of it evokes thankfulness and so much appreciation for God's stunning handiwork.
The light and the reflections and the sense of peace do not go unnoticed. It is beneficial to take a moment's pause, calm the task-driven brain, breathe these moments in ... reflect on gratitude.
I happen to be one of those rare Florida natives that finds the color green discovered in foliage equally satisfying as a large dose of color from a stunning mass of flowers. It truly excites me to see varying heights, forms, and textures, in what I consider the pillars of the garden. Those beauties that faithfully remain no matter the varying elements.
The ones that give all they've got season after season and ask for very little in return.
The numbers of them are increasing around here. Because they shined right through the freezes we had these past few winters. They don't shrink back through the droughts of spring and perform without a hitch in the rainy season of summer.
Spring came early this year. It has reminded me of "normal" Florida Februarys of old. Truly beautiful, mild weather our late-winter has turned out to be.
The garden has responded to our warm, sunny days with life abundantly bulging forth in every direction.
So on this cheery morning with camera in hand I settled in to one of the most relaxing and all consuming hobbies I have... taking photo after photo of vignettes in the morning garden.
With each click of the camera I noticed more and more new buds/growth and bright blooms and leafing out of crepe myrtles.
I just kept thinking about how life in the spring garden swells with each passing day in expectation of life's eternal timeclock ticking on into summer. And so it goes...
A jubilation that can almost be felt on this brisk early morning.
Even the alocasias are waking up from winter's slumber early.
There are more to come but the first of them are feeding my lust for foliage!
And the red bananas are quickly pushing out new leaves with the dark coloration I adore.
The first self-sown zinnia flowers are bursting forth already.
Spring is full of promise.
Plants don't require a lot of extra attention when the principle of "right plant; right place" is practiced.
The helpful pollinators are actively at work each day enjoying a chemical-free environment that invites them to nectar freely.
Their sweet, buzzing music is often the only sounds to be heard in the stillness.
These are the days when being outside every minute of the day isn't enough.
We find ourselves wishing the fleeting hours would last and last.
And maybe if darkness wouldn't fall we could capture this serene state of the spring garden and never let it go.
Or better yet ... an exercise in thankfulness for the moments we have is in order. And I think I'll contemplate making the VERY most of each one while I have it.
Happy spring! and Happy Gardening!