Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
and in one of the street gardens, gladioli flaming on their stalks.
In the book by Maoshing Ni on Secrets of Longevity, I came across a page called 'Stress-Busting Flowers'. She describes the effect of flowers on a person's moods, and declares that colourful flowers combat stress. A study showed that people typing beside a bright bouquet were able to relax better than people who sat beside foliage alone.
As I came down the hill towards home, I passed the softness of camellias,
and finally, as I came in the gate, here were two tall trees enjoying their pink frilly leafing time. I can't remember the name of these trees because I think of them as 'truffula' trees - as in Dr Seuss's book The Lorax. As long as the truffula trees are thriving, the world is doing OK.
And as long as the streets are blooming with such exuberance, I am uplifted.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Or are they a young male and female, and he is the spurned would-be mate? Whatever the story, spring is not just blossoms and beauty, it's also about winning, wildness, and wantonness.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
As I walk the streets, I discover blossom abounding everywhere.
Blossoming branches are painting the sky like fluffy brushes.
Blossom is frothing out of bushes and on to the pavement
sending its fragrance into the air and attracting a myriad of bees
Like spring snow it covers every twig and branch in a riotous celebration of life
Joyful, abundant flowering wherever I go.
Blossom. What a beautiful word. It goes back to Old English 'blostma' and seems to carry within it an explosion of life. I looked up some blossom poems, but the poets (John Donne, Shakespeare . . . ) see blossoms as an occasion to mourn the ephemeral nature of life. And so I offer this line from Hafiz, which reflects my blossom--pleasure more accurately:
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I've passed the bromeliads so many times as I walk down the driveway, and they've seemed a bit rough and battered, not really worthy of interest. But today, with the right combination of sun and rain, they were full of life.
I'm feeling that way myself, as my broken wrist gradually strengthens, my writing is surging ahead, and I'm becoming fit once more. Spring is on my side!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
My heart sings as I watch this greening, this brightness, and this assertion of new life.
When you finally allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it, you will find you dance with everything.—Emmanuel.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Spring growth is accelerating. This is the melia tree coming into leaf, so delicately.
Two weeks ago it was showing little leaf buds only.
And the flame tree makes me smile, in the way it is putting out just one little leaf cluster - you can see it to the right of the flowers. It looked like this two weeks ago.
And today, here is the leaf cluster, a little more spread out, and a brighter green. It's on the eastern side, where the tree catches the morning sun. Maybe that's why this twig has a head start.
On my balcony, this succulent has shot up a stem with buds on it. I'm watching to see what will unfold.
Spring is such a joyful season, full of surprises, and so very alive.
The mere sense of living is joy enough—Emily Dickinson