Take today, for instance. I walked outside with my camera, mostly as a habit. I didn't expect to see any blooms. But I wanted to be in my garden before the rains started. (Rains are a miracle - if you don't believe me, ask anyone that's lived through a drought!)
Walking through the garden, rounding the corner, I was surprised and delighted to see my rosemary blooming! This particular rosemary has never bloomed before. I never expected it to, either. It was a gift of remembrance given to me three years ago. It has grown and flourished, better than I ever expected. But it has never bloomed. This past autumn, I gave it a small pruning.
Just seeing those bright blue flowers made my heart leap. Blooms! Blooms on this particular rosemary! Well, it seemed almost like a miracle.
Then I realized that the garden was full of miracles. Buds on trees and roses are pregnant with the promise of spring. New little leaves are welcomed by the warmth, and the rain.
Bulbs and perennials are waking up from where they have been blanketed all winter by the warm, soft earth.
I don't clean up my gardens until after the perennial plants begin to emerge in spring. (The lantanas always emerge last.) The old stalks and stems are an indication that what is coming up is a flower, not a weed. (I'm very bad about pulling up anything I don't immediately recognize.)
When I first started gardening, I only planted shrubs. They stay on top of the ground and there is no mistaking them for a weed. But then, I began to plant perennials. Sometimes, as I walk through my gardens in winter, they look bare to me. I begin to make plans to fill in bare patches, and start a grocery list of new plants to purchase.
But then, when spring begins to arrive, the perennials poke their heads up out of the sea of leaves. And that's when I know - those bare patches are, in fact, full. Full of little miracles. Don't believe they're miracles? Ask my husband. That list of plants to purchase gets trashed, and all that money is saved. He would say that's a miracle! ;0
Plants emerging from under the ground. Blooms. Rain. Money saved! My garden is full of miracles! And if you don't believe in miracles, you'll at least have to admit - it's all quite amazing!