May 16, 2014

This Week in the Garden - Every Shade of Green

"It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."  
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The earth is speaking in familiar poems, for certain.  It tells of valerian about to open its light pink flowers.

It offers tales of lettuces dancing through the garden beds, getting fresh and leggy.

It whispers softly the story of raspberry blossoms forming...

And is delighted to point out the eagerness of the peas climbing to the sky.

The earth tells secrets of delphinium, columbine, and lady's mantle (the water gems collected from the lady's leaves is as true a beauty boon as May day dew, so it says.)

And lastly, for today at least, the earth speaks of the lowly strawberry which drags itself across whatever space it is offered and blooms quickly before shaking off the petals to form the fruit. 

"God has given a kindlier power 
To the favoured strawberry-flower. 
Hither soon as spring is fled 
You and Charles and I will walk; 
Lurking berries, ripe and red, 
Then will hang on every stalk, 
Each within its leafy bower; 
And for that promise spare the flower!"
~William Wordsworth

Such a poet, this earth.


Jennifer said...

Lovely garden photos! Thanks for sharing!

Tilda said...

Beautiful :) Shockingly, my strawberries in pots overwintered and have fruits on them already. I've never had strawberries survive the winter and we had an especially cold one this year.

Birgit said...

And YOU are a poet with your photos, Jen -- love them! You never fail to inspire me. :)


brandi said...

~looks as if life is flourishing quite delightfully for you as this time...our garden is just starting to really take off...peas and corn are creeping on up and our strawberries and blueberries are just starting to form fruit...such an exciting time...i hope you are well and life has been treating you only kind in your days...much love light and blessings~

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love getting lost in all your green... and hiding under the strawberries... until they are ripe enough to eat. ;-D