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Tulips

Posted by: Heidi

May 1st, 2017 >> my garden, Photos

 

The brilliant colors of tulips in full bloom have always signified the peak of spring to me, and the last tulips fading away are the first hints of summer approaching.

The Tulip Fairy
Our stalks are very straight and tall,
Our colours clear and bright;
Too many-hued to name them all—
Red, yellow, pink, or white.

And some are splashed, and some, maybe,
As dark as any plum.
From tulip-fields across the sea
To England did we come.

We were a peaceful country’s pride,
And Holland is its name.
Now in your gardens we abide—
And aren’t you glad we came?
~ Cicely Mary Barker

Spring flowers opening

Posted by: Heidi

March 27th, 2016 >> my garden, Photos

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Discovering even just a single new bloom that has opened in the garden makes life just a little bit better.

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~ Hans Christian Andersen

The Last Rose of Summer

Posted by: Heidi

September 21st, 2015 >> my garden, Photos

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THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER

‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.
I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! Who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
~Thomas Moore

Periwinkle

Posted by: Heidi

March 21st, 2015 >> my garden, Photos

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The Periwinkle Fairy
In shady shrubby places,
Right early in the year,
I lift my flowers’ faces,
O come and find them here!
My stems are thin and straying,
With leaves of glossy sheen.
The bare brown earth arraying,
For they are ever green.
No great renown have I.
Yet who does not love Periwinkle’s blue?
~ Cicely Mary Barker

Spiders in the Garden

Posted by: Heidi

November 2nd, 2014 >> Bugs, my garden, Photos

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The Spider’s Web

The spider, dropping down from twig,
a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all that journey down through space,
In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.

Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.

~E.B. White

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Up close in the garden

Posted by: Heidi

June 27th, 2014 >> my garden, Photos

 

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There are lots of flowers blooming in the garden now and each one is a tiny little miracle!

 

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
~Buddha

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Early Spring in the Garden

Posted by: Heidi

April 2nd, 2014 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

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Spring has arrived and with it the cycle of life in the garden has begun again with leaf buds opening, perennials sprouting out of the ground, and the first flowers of the season starting to bloom. There is lots of bird activity in the garden too as these little garden visitors search for mates, build nests, and restart their own cycle of life.

“Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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White in the garden

Posted by: Heidi

July 2nd, 2013 >> my garden, Photos

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White is often thought of as a background for other colours, but in the garden white can come alive and stand out on its own. I have been appreciating the white flowers in my garden more this year, the big and bold ones that grab your attention as well as the tiny and delicate ones that are like little hidden treasures when you find them. White brightens up dark, shady spots and most white and pale flowers are more strongly scented than their darker counterparts, which is also always appreciated in the garden.

The colour white represents purity, clarity, hope and new beginnings, all of which can be nurtured in a garden. It also represents peace, since the white flag is a universal symbol of truce.

The colour white doesn’t absorb any of the colours in the visible light spectrum, it reflects them all back, that’s why we see it as white. So, white flowers share all of the colours of the rainbow with us.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
~Henri Matisse

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Small pleasures

Posted by: Heidi

March 9th, 2013 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

Spotted Towhee
 

Early spring days bring many small pleasures that I am always so grateful for: longer days and the warmth of sun rays just barely penetrating the still chilly air; sprouts and buds bringing signs of life and colour to the garden; new bird songs and chatter filling the trees.

These seemingly simple pleasures are much more complex than they appear to be. The more that I learn about the natural world, the more I am in awe of the amazing complexity that is involved in even the smallest of details. Every time I discover something new I realize how much more there is to learn.

Pear tree leaf buds

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
~ Carl Sagan

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This year’s leaves

Posted by: Heidi

October 28th, 2012 >> my garden, Photos


It seems like only a short time ago the first leaf buds of spring were opening and yet, all around me, the leaves are now turning brilliant colours and falling to the ground. For these leaves there is only one spring, one summer and one fall.

While I enjoy the fall colours of this year’s leaves, a part of me is already looking forward to the next spring which will follow the approaching winter. I’m not in a hurry for spring to come though, I don’t want to wish away my days. They seem to go by all too quickly.

“Man’s life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.”

~ Socrates