Friday, May 16, 2008

The Lushness Of Spring ...

Oh, how lush the garden is!! To date this month we've had 6 inches of rain. Shrubs and trees I've planted have grown more in the last two months than they have in the last two years. The life force of water is truly amazing. We cannot live without it. Without it, the land would become bare, crack and crumble. Everything would shrivel and die.

The birds seem more active these days. Yesterday, I discovered the nest of a pair of cardinals in the climbing roses by the garage and watched a pair of mockingbirds do their hop, hop mating dance in the driveway. Pairs of bluebirds have nested in the boxes we've set out for them and one group of babies should be fledging any day now. This morning two families of Canada geese strolled along the water's edge ... one family with 3 gawky children, just beginning to sport real feathers, the other with only one baby, still tiny and golden in color.

I cannot get enough of the outside ... the garden, the flowers, the pulse of the planet, the new life all around me. Unfortunately it is not so for everyone. The tragedies unfolding in Burma and China are heartbreaking. There is no way I will ever be able to comprehend the loss those people in that part of the world are enduring ... unless of course I were to experience what they are going through. I do not wish for that. What I do wish for is that my prayers and those of all of the other people who are concerned be heard and that they will bring some measure of peace to those in need of caring for.


Lucy said...

What a lovely peony!

I was interested in your bee post too. I have been struck by the absence of bees this spring; normally at this time our laurel hedge is full of them collecting propolis from the new leaves, but I've not seen any yet. Tome said there were some on the phacelia, but I've only seen small bumble-type bees so far.

marja-leena said...

Such a beautiful garden, and that peony! My peonies are only just in bud but everything is similarly lush.

Becca said...

It's so hard to imagine such devastation when all around us is filled with growth and renewal.

Sounds like you're enjoying all the fruits of spring!