still with us

still with us

they are still with us. yesterday i was stopped still in my tracks while walking the dog, overwhelmed with the smell of lilacs surrounding me from every direction. a moment of bliss.

lilacs

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acts of service

acts of service

when @sjrhoffman asked me what i wanted for my birthday, he suggested several options like dinner out, having friends over, or a quiet night by the fire with cocktails and presents. but having had my eyes opened with the 5 Love Languages, i knew immediately what I wanted—an afternoon of Acts of Service. (no, not that kind of service. get your minds out of the gutter . . .) Acts of Service is my love language and that meant, in this case, helping me make the biggest STILL assemblage i’ve ever tried, using all the pressed leaves i had tucked away in journals, books, and plant presses over the last ten years. steve nailed it (no, not that kind of nailing it . . . sheesh, you guys), and i had one of the best birthdays i can remember. weird, perhaps. but at 58, i want what i want.

assorted pressed leaves

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clenched

clenched

we think of ferns as all willowy–gently swaying in the breeze in dappled woodlands. but this guy looks clenched to me. reluctant to unfurl. perhaps it’s picking up on the general political and environmental chaos  in the world right now. perhaps the fern is smarter than we think. i believe that is possible.

unfurling ostrich fern frond

  • Carol says:

    Everything on earth is smarter than humans

    reply

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loving on dandelions

loving on dandelions

i believe that many people think of dandelions as a symbol of summer. they conjure images of summer afternoons as kids making dandelion chains to wear in our hair and around our necks. or the opposite–hot afternoons pulling dandelions from the grass because your parents told you that you had to. either way, dandelions get associated with summer. but the fact is, they are among the very first flowers to bloom in the spring. and, as a result, they are a crucial source of both pollen and nectar for bees, who are desperate for food after shivering through a long winter. so, please don’t pull the dandelions. our pollinators need them. and we need the pollinators.

dandelion flower gone to seed (Taraxacum)

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don’t forget the conifers

don’t forget the conifers

yes the redbuds are budding and the magnolias are blossoming and the crabapples are flowering and the maples are leafing, but don’t forget that the conifers, which were there for us all winter, are quietly doing work of their own. they too have their spring, and, who knows, perhaps a deeper inner life than the extroverted cherry trees showing off all over town.

white spruce with new growth  tips and male cones (Picea glauca)

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