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Monday, May 11, 2015

Alive!

Where does the time go in the Spring??? It is SO amazing out there right now! Have you stepped out onto Terra Mater and felt her earth between your toes, or allowed your feet to sink into a lush bed of moss?


I have been consumed in cleaning winter's debris, dried leaves, last year's untrimmed growth, and broken branches, then replenishing mulch in the gardens. The front yard stream "The River Shakti" is running, the back yard pond is half-emptied, dredged, and awaiting rainfall to re-fill it (much to the chagrin of the resident frogs).



Partridgeberry is alive and well, Thyme-leaved Speedwell harkens to a simpler time, and forget-me-nots...well, you know the drill.




The "johnnies" have resumed their undeterred, colorful presence among the formal garden rock mulch, and this week the delicate dwarf ginseng rose above masses of decaying leaves.


And oh, the ferns! So many sizes, shapes, and colors all unfolding just as they are meant to, in their own unique way, and at their own pace. It is truly a sight to behold! We are conducting "fern trail tours" this weekend, May 15-16 at Fiddlehead Grove Retreat and Healing Center. Click here for more infoHere's a sneak peak:





The burdock, mullein, purple trillium, painted trillium, and Canada Mayflower return for another round (complete with a damselfly bluet), and some new woodland bellflower friends have joined us this year.







Heal-all, ground ivy, and wild bleeding heart are some of my favorites!




So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and soak in Mother Nature's bounty and beauty. You may be surprised how much it mimics so much of our own "human nature" and helps to heal what may be "ailing" us!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. I live in Florida and my husband introduced me to planting ferns....we have all different kinds.....so beautiful to watch them grow!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. So glad your ferns are liking Florida!

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  2. What a gorgeous blog post. It is so lovely to see how nature comes alive. I love the changing of the seasons. I look forward to them really. This morning, I am happy to report it was the beautiful song birds outside of all of my windows that woke me from my sleep. What a way to start the day! Thanks for sharing, Cathleen.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. My wake-up was the not-so-pretty bluejay squawk :)

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  3. I feel "home" looking at these pictures!

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  4. Cathleen,
    Thanks for sharing all this beautiful pictures. I especially like the one with the two frogs. This a a great reminder for us to pause and allow our senses to be engaged in nature.

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    1. Yes, nature is always there somewhere waiting for us to notice!

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