Friday, March 18, 2011

The Wonder of It All

I am constantly amazed how fast things change in the garden.  Bushes that were sticks are now covered in leaves.  Plants that had one bloom now are covered in them.  Things that were barely emerging are now 1 ft. across.

Most everything in the garden seems like a miracle.  This little plant I mail ordered looks just like it did in the pages of the catalog.  Seeing these tiny blooms lifted my spirit.

I wonder if, when, and how my Florida azalea will turn from bare sticks stuck straight up in the air to this magnificent show of yellow sunshine, with the scent of honeysuckle:

The light yesterday afternoon was amazing.  Soft, like a caress, each petal opened to it as if in a kiss.  I wish I could have captured the light with my camera.  I tried.

We acquire skills.  We learn how to care for our plants, our soil, our gardens.  But it is still amazing how fast a plant can grow, how beautiful it can be, how much difference one year, or even one day, makes.

My garden constantly surprises me.  I look at it daily, several times a day sometimes.  And still, a plant has the capacity to take my breath away when I see it as if for the first time.  The garden is constantly changing.  Tomorrow will be different.  Tomorrow will bring another wonder.

As each day brings change, each year the garden evolves.  I know that this year will be special to me in some way.  Next year will be different, but it will still bring just as much joy.  That is a wonderful gift.
"I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green."  - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse
I hope you have a magical day.


  1. Great post, Holley. I love seeing my garden change and grow and evolve, especially in spring.

  2. I'm new to your blog and I'm looking forward to reading your posts. I invite you to visit my garden blog. Your flowers and roses are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love the surprises of the garden, things always change and it's wonderful. Have a great weekend!

  3. It is a magical time of the year in the gardens! Nice post.

  4. Your bewitching quote is a delight ;~)
    Diana of EE

  5. It is amazing how fast plants change/grow. My daffodils were 3 inches tall Friday morning and by the afternoon they were 6 in with buds swollen preparing to bloom.

  6. It is amazing how a garden can change overnight. You have some gorgeous blooms in yours already. I love your yellow azalea. I have a Golden Lights one but it is a baby and has not bloomed yet. Maybe this year! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Masha - I'm not sure most people would ever notice the changes, but gardeners notice all the subtle changes. That is part of the beauty of a garden.

    Priscilla - welcome! I will certainly check out your blog. My garden is constantly surprising me, which is a real joy.

    Diana - It says what I wanted to say in a more eloquent way. I love looking for little quotes like that.

    Marcia - I believe it! One day, nothing, the next day - so much!

    Lona - I hope yours blooms beautifully for you. The scent is what drove me to madness until I could locate one for my garden!

  8. My favorite thing to do is just walk around the garden beds and discover what's growing, what's blooming and see signs of what's to come. What's more relaxing that a garden stroll? The yellow azalea is gorgeous, by the way. Wish those would grow well in West Texas.

  9. Lynn- You are so right. A garden stroll is wonderful. Looking at all the new blooms and blooms to come. So much to see - when you look closely.

  10. Isn't it great to see a garden come to life in spring! I love your yellow azalea. I am so envious. I wish I could grow them here in this part of Canada.

  11. Your description of the light playing on the plants is lovely, and I think you captured it nicely in your photo. I agree, every plant is a miracle. And this time of year, after winter's dormancy, every little one is amazing!

  12. Fantastic that spring has found your dirt....looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful blooms in the next couple weeks! xoox

  13. 3dogs - It is great! Too bad you can't grow the Florida Azalea there. I wish you could smell its sweet scent!

    PlantPostings - Thank you. I suppose that is why we are thankful for winter. Spring offers us such a miraculous difference.

    Fishtail Cottage - Yes, things are just beginning now! It will be fun to see the garden in full bloom.

  14. Holley this was such a lovely post...I couldn't concur more...our gradens are forever changing as are we...I look at my garden with such different eyes each wonderful!!

  15. Donna- isn't it wonderful to have a passion for something that is ever changing - it never gets old.


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