Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Contrast, Paradox and Non-Linear Time

After a week of temperatures in the 50’s-70’s, on Saturday, it started snowing. Yesterday, we awoke to a winter wonderland that melted again by late afternoon. For a few hours, though, my garden showcased winter, spring, and summer all at once:

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Those pots of summer lilies and ranunculus spent all Saturday and Saturday night in our garage because of the forecast snow, but I love seeing them juxtaposed with winter snow and spring hyacinths (near the bench).

This photo captures so much of what I see happening right now, as we live amidst contrast, paradox and non-linear time. That can feel stressful and confusing, but it offers so many options to thrive. Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it cannot happen now. So many people I know — myself included — are spontaneously recalling and healing deep past life memories. So many others find life opening doors, even if just a tiny crack. Beware the tendency to dismiss things that you haven’t seen before. Beware the tendency to live from an all or nothing, black or white, rigid space. Tiny steps add up, and sometimes the smallest choice triggers a quantum leap. All time is now, and that brings so much beauty and possibility.

Yesterday, while working on my latest portal painting, I opened the sliding glass door to let in some fresh air. Rapidly melting snow created a babbling brook symphony, as cardinals and robins sang along. I often paint to music, but David taking a nap restricted me blasting Chopin on the stereo. Instead, Nature transported me while the portal birthed itself. Restrictions create opportunities, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Beauty enfolds us and pours forth from us. We are beauty. We real-ize this fact when we step out of expectations into the realm of paradox. We live in a both/and Universe.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day and a belated Happy Easter to everyone! Things are certainly returning to life in Michigan:

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Whether this Earth Day finds you in the glories of Spring or the quiet rustle of Autumn, I wish you increased awareness of our Mother Earth, who nurtures and provides for us. May she know and feel our love! May she grow healthy and strong as we honor her.

More Signs of Spring

Here’s another glimpse of our Kalamazoo Spring. Despite a 24-hour cold spell this Sunday into Monday morning, the blooms continue to unfurl. I am so excited to finally have ranunculus! I love these exuberant flowers but have never grown them before:

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First Taste of Spring

Spring has almost sprung in Kalamazoo! We’ve got Glories of the Snow and wild violets blooming today, with the earliest daffodils and hyacinths getting ready.

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These seem all the more cheerful and amazing in contrast to our visit to still frozen Lake Michigan on Saturday:

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I love these in between weeks when we can have sunshine and 60’s followed by snow flurries. How do you experience contrast? I find it invigorating!

Dragons, Faeries and Flowers at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

We had a lovely extended holiday visit with David’s daughter, Allie. On her last day here, she and I took a ladies outing to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Some people may recall David and me taking Momma Jane there a year ago to see the miniature city, lights and huge greenhouse. Their holiday display remains up through Epiphany, and I thought Austin, Texas based Allie would enjoy some warmth and greenery. Sure enough, we found lush decorations. We also lucked into a spontaneous and personal tour by an 87-year-old volunteer!

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Garden Update: September Beauty and Bounty

It seemed like Autumn was in the air for awhile, but we’re back in the 80’s. Meanwhile, a mixture of heavy rainstorms and scorching sunshine have the somewhat neglected garden producing well. I’ve harvested several golden beets, plus continued kale and chard. Radicchio has survived multiple groundhog and earwig attacks, and we’ve got some reseeded lettuce and cilantro popping up in the raised beds. It’s officially pesto season, and the zinnias know it’s September:

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Also, we finally have some love-in-a-mist to keep the snapdragons company!

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Moon-like Flowers for the Eclipse

I had to share these white beauties for today’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. The first is “Dinner Plate Hibiscus” and the second, a “Casa Blanca Lily.” This Fall, I’ll be planting an ancient “Madonna Lily” to join the Moon ladies in our yard.

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I’ve been taking advantage of this eclipse’s almost exact trine of my natal Mercury. Lots of Lyme book writing! Wishing you and yours the most productive use of today’s energies, however that expresses itself for you.