With the official advent of Summer (Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 21), I've decided to share a few of my flower photos. I lost a ton of potted plants due to the snow (my Angel Wing Begonias!) We had four or five snowfalls here...unheard of! But my flowers in the ground seem to have thrived from the snow. Go figure. I lost my beloved Willow tree (that's about the 5th one), but will plant another one next Spring.
My Dinner Plate Hibiscus, which I thought were all kaput, came back with dozens of blooms. Happy, happy, joy, joy. My Lemongrass died...and my sweet son-in-law, the farmer, gave me some cuttings from his, so I'm back with Lemongrass. The Mints are growing like the weeds they are, just more luscious this year, as is the Yarrow, Comfrey, Lemon Balm and the 5 kinds of Mint. And on and on. Here's a few pics from the past week and a Mary Oliver poem. Enjoy!!! xo, Marion
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?