Like most people, I have an irrational fear of spiders.
I'm fine as long as they are not on me, running toward me and I can see where they are. That seems like a lot of conditions for me to be "fine" with them...
Nature offers us many parables for our lives. Spiders remind us to walk this world with balance and consideration for the impact we can have on others.
Even more profound, spiders can change a universe, rebuild that which is broken, and consume that which has tangled in its web.
Be careful how you touch other people's lives.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Don't Be Afraid Of The Light That Shines Within You
By Luka Bloom
So many lives in shadows
With so much to give away
Brilliant dreams in waiting
To see the light of day
We step up to the wall
At the dawn of springtime
And when we go our way
We let the light shine
Let your light shine!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This little chickadee (one of my favourite birds) doesn't look too happy.
He should be. I just filled up that feeder with fresh new peanuts.
Maybe he didn't want his photo taken or maybe I startled him...
It's okay, when you are as cute as he is you can get away with anything.
Monday, September 20, 2010
It is now September and even though the day is sunny and warm, temperatures can drop suddenly and without warning at this time of year.
I was privileged to see the Pollen Prince off on yet another dangerous mission collecting valuable gold for his Queen.
Notice, on his head, the glowing yellow Crown of Allegiance demonstrating to all, his hard work and determination.
I dared not disturb him, for should it suddenly turn cold his wings would not be able to carry him home and he would remain stranded, far from safety, left to die a slow and agonizing death.
Safe journey home Brave Prince!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
This is the time of year when weeds get away with... I was going to say murder but maybe that's a little dramatic. They get away with growing.
The weed: a gardener's enemy. They take the place of our most prized plantings, sucking the nutrients from the soil, making us look lazy and uncommitted.
In the habit of pulling out weeds before they have a chance to get established, I am always surprised to find out that: they were even there at all, they can grow quite tall and they have flowers.
Given the chance to bloom, those flowers can sometimes be surprisingly beautiful.
When your other plants have given up, stopped flowering and dropped their leaves, the weed can provide you with something to marvel at.
Give a weed a chance and it will prove it deserves a place in your garden, your September garden.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Pink... beautiful, feminine, eye candy.
Bubblegum, flamingos, lipstick, cotton candy.
This wonderful bouquet of wild roses has it all:
* the young bud pushing up through the center, dark, vivid, intense, full of promise.
* three flowers in full bloom, each a work of art, open, on display, proud.
* one whose time has passed, folded, diminishing, faded beauty.
The family unit, a circle of renewal, beauty in each stage!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bad hair day or bold fashion statement? Maybe a rebellious teen just trying to be different...
I can't help seeing faces in my sunflowers!
The ones I plant grow up to 12 feet tall and sometimes I feel like a child standing in a crowd of adults.
Their flower heads can span 10 inches in diameter and when they grow to full-size, those heavy heads will droop, looking down at me like a doting parent.
They have bad hair days and make funny faces, but in general have a very sunny disposition.
I love my sunflower family.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins." - Laurie Colwin
There's the July tomato and even better, the August tomato, growing on the vine in the hot sweltering sun.
Hmmm, the September tomato...
It doesn't sound particularly appetizing, but there it is ruby-red and ripe, defying the season.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
You would think September is the time to close up the garden, instead there is still plenty going on.
Right now the Concord grapes are just about ready to be picked, that's if we get to them before the birds and raccoons do.
A lot of people don't like these grapes because they find them too sour. You should try my little cheat taste: pop a grape in your mouth and press with your tongue just enough to let the juice out, DO NOT chew the skin or the grape's green center.
Enjoy the wonderful, sweet grapey-taste and just spit the rest out.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Hollyhocks are amazing plants.
My garden is filled with a lot of very tall flowers. I guess I like the feeling of being surrounded, or even better, being dwarfed by them.
Hollyhock begin growing in the early spring and by July they are easily over 5 feet in height. In August, their flowers turn into seed pods but the stalks continue to shoot up producing a new flower or two at the very tip. Sort of a "ha ha, look at me" to the other plants.
The early bird gets the worm but it's the last flowers that get all the glory.
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