"All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
~ Dale Carnegie
|Photo courtesy of Gerry Plunk|
Trend Report: Color is in.
The lunar eclipse- a radiant melon hung in the inky night sky in a was a cosmic menage a trois. No cloud offered a veil of privacy. The whole of insomniacs were watching the earth's shadow crawl between it and the sun. Such celestial beauty sky spawning prayers and prophecies. No wonder the the moon blushed.
June, 1989. Our backyard was just beginning to tell us what it wanted from us. It whispered "I want to bloom."
April, 2014: Today, my garden's wild heart sings. The view from my study is a symphony of inspiration.
My garden inspires me to dream in color.
To have courage and work hard.
To have faith.
It is divine to surround yourself with roses just for the sake of how beautiful they are. How they fill the air with beautiful perfume.
This season, allergy season, there is a routine. Breathe deep. Sneeze. People offer "God bless you." My reply "I am."
The first several years, this rose bush was a sickly child. It would send out a few dangling balls: which failed to open. Her feet are planted near a feeder. Perhaps it is all that "free-range fertilizing" from the song birds darting about which nourished her to a happy adulthood.
The sparrows teach about the importance of opportunity. The garden arch wasn't erected for their use- they instinctively know- that is not important. We can't always have what we want, but we can be happy with what we have.
Caring for this land has expanded my definition of stewardship. As a child, I thought that meant to leave things be.
A lifetime later, I realize that Mother Nature is not only unreliable, she is, too often, cruel. To enhance the opportunity in the landscape for food, water, nesting and shelter- this is a higher charge.
Fridays are my day in the garden. Some time in the morning, I will have crossed over to less civilized terrain. Clearing weeds. Clearing my mind.
But before I go, let me share a few pictures from beyond my garden gate.
Meet Oulie. The White Highland Terrier is the daughter of the Caesar Dog Food TV Commercial model. She lives the good life with Dawn Saunders and Ed Bilezikian in Laguna Hills. You may remember their garden from the 2013 Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour.
I am still reeling in a sensory awe of the captivating home of artist Maria del Carmen Calvo , and her husband, Dr. Walter L. Henry. This floor insert was created from a broken stained glass window and cast off bits of glass set in cement.
Fresh flowers cut from the garden graced several vases. Everything the artist touches- a bit of her soul flourishes.
The artist has known great tragedy. But instead of wallowing, her gift is to rise motivated to capture moments of great beauty and share them.
This Easter season, may we lift our heart in joy for every moment of peace and beauty we have. May our lives be dedicated to active prayer to spread our blessings to those without.
Until we meet again, Thank YOU for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.