Even in small spaces like mine,the front-yard has its surprises. Yes- terday, while I was trying to pho- tograph a beautiful blue butterfly, (mission unaccomplished, the pretty thing was NEVER still), I noticed this periwinkle blooming behind the mango tree. I haven't been paying much attention to this area because I was hard at work: re-potting, re- arranging and trimming my potted plants. But seeing the bloom really made a difference to my day!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau