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Monday, February 21, 2011

A Magical Time

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
—Ruth Stout
The first bloom of Spring invites others to join the dance.
Spring is simply a magical time.  A time when all things are renewed.  A time when all things seem possible.  It is a joyous time for all of the senses to go on high alert to the glorious riches unfolding.  The mystery of life itself is encoded in the burst of Spring-time activity.  Only God could perfect such a delicate balance of all the elements that converge to create Spring.  It is the time to release our child-like fantasies.  It is a time for myths and legends to come alive in our gardens!  In a garden, there is no reality.  There is only imagination.  So come with me and release the creative genius that resides in all of us.  You Can Do It! 
Another lonely traveler seeking the life-giving breath of Spring.

Flower Fairies of the Garden

Every flower is believed to have a flower fairy watching over it, monitoring everything from scent to colour. Different flower fairies possess different qualities:
  • Faeries of Joy – found in yellow flowers, such as primroses, buttercups and daffodils
  • Faeries of Healing – found in blue flowers, such as bluebells and forget-me-nots
  • Faeries of Purity and Hope – found in white flowers, such as daisies, lily of the valley and jasmine
  • Faeries of Love and Beauty – found in purple flowers, such as lavender, violets and foxgloves
  • Faeries of Energy – found in red flowers, such as poppies, roses and carnations
Can anyone who loves gardening resist a birdhouse?  Our yard is a bird haven year-round (have to remind the cats the "do no harm rule") with an abundance of beautiful creatures. To invite Spring to come early, I bought my first birdhouse of the season at the Dollar Store for $8.00.  This year we will also put up a Martin Birdhouse to help control the mosquitoes naturally.
If you were a bird, won't you just love it?
There are many elements that can be added to a garden to bring joy, fantasy, and life.  If you build it, they will come.  Butterflies, bees, birds and many other beings wanting to share in the fun.(Garden Faeries?) To me, nothing says "sanctuary" like a garden.  There is no room in a garden for earthly woes and burdens.

Even the cats are helping get ready for Spring.  Cleaning the yard is a family project. Gracie will drive the lawn mower while Pushka loads trash.

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